Attention: This story contains content which may disturb some readers.
As the ongoing trial against Michael Rafferty continues, this past week was a disturbing one as the court hears about the discovery of 8-year-old Tori Stafford’s body.
On July 19, 2009, Sgt. Jim Smyth of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was going to drive to Stafford’s home town of Woodstock, when he took a detour and head to Mount Forest. As Smyth was scouting the area before calling in a search team, he saw a house that Terri Lynn-McClintic, the former girlfriend of Rafferty, mentioned where Stafford’s body was buried.
With a strong hunch that he might find something, Smyth started looking around the house and noticed many similarities that McClintic had mentioned in her statement. He also saw a large rock pile, and noticed it had a strong odour coming from it. He also noticed a green garbage bag under the piles of rocks. As he inspected it, he touched it and felt that it wasn’t a rock, but it was soft and knew that he had found Stafford’s body.