Mother of missing teen's ex-boyfriend speaks out
Two weeks after the disappearance of Squamish, B.C., teenager Jodi Henrickson, her ex-boyfriend's mother is crying foul about the media's portrayal of her son.
Henrickson was last seen leaving Horseshoe Bay for Bowen Island on June 20. The 17-year-old had told her parents she was going to Cultus Lake with friends for the weekend.
Instead, police say she attended a late-night house party on Bowen.
Police confirm that Henrickson and her ex-boyfriend Gavin Arnott were in contact on the island the night she disappeared - leaving Arnott's mother worried people are making unfair assumptions about her son.
"There are people calling him a murderer, even though the police have no evidence of foul play," Arnott's mother Lynne Fedorick said Friday.
Fedorick says her son wouldn't hurt anyone, despite the fact that Arnott was charged with assaulting Henrickson last April.
"He didn't harm her on purpose," Fedorick said. "She was tearing his apartment apart. He had to remove her from his apartment and she was mad about that and phoned the police and charged him with assault."
"Once the police get a hold of it, they run with it."
Arnott was given a conditional discharge, providing he stay away from the girl - yet he was one of the last people to see Henrickson on June 20, the day of her disappearance.
"We're still treating it as a missing person," RCMP Cpl. Dave Ritchie said. "We're looking at all aspects, from foul play to accidental to medical to runaway."
Fedorick says Jodi has run away before, that she had moved in with her son and daughter for three months in 2008.
The active police search on Bowen Island has been suspended for now. Meanwhile, Jodi's family and friends are spending Friday night handing out fliers, appealing for the public's help finding the missing girl.
If you have see Jodi or know any information about Henrickson's whereabouts contact RCMP at 604-947-0516.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Peter Grainger