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The investigation was in it’s early stages, but this is what Davey Doucet knows and believes.

Cinder Willoughby confirmed that an altered and potent form of 2,4,5 T was used on Cape Breton Island long after the date it was banned from use and Willoughby determined it had a half life of over thirty years.

Planet Watch environmental scientists Emma and Bill Bisson-Gallant discovered this in early 1988 the same year their plane went down near Brier Island, Nova Scotia. A herbicide specialist, recently killed in a car accident, with the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests contacted Bill and Emma on the day of the plane crash, asking them to fly to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Doucet believes the plane was deliberately sabotaged.

Doucet believes the scientists survived the crash, lived on the island for several years but were forced off the island by unknown persons. They then slipped across the US border ending up in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, but once again they were discovered, and after their house was torched, disappeared again. Fearing for the life of their five- year- old daughter, they left the girl in a place where good people would find her. Who was after the pair remains unknown to Doucet.

Doucet believes the plane crash is the key to this mystery and his curiosity was further aroused when combing through RCMP files in Digby, Nova Scotia regarding the search and rescue activities on the day of the plane crash.  He discovered a very odd account from the first fisherman on the scene of the accident. The man tells of seeing hundreds of dismembered pigeons floating on top of the water but no signs of wreckage.

The house fire in Beaver County, the discovery of a five-year-old Samantha Gallant on the same day as the fire and the disappearance of the two adults who lived in the house were all linked according to Doucet. He decided to contact Gallant and divulge what information he had. On a foggy Sunday morning in Temagami, Ontario, Doucet handed over the information he possessed, with a promise to pursue the evidence until everything was out in the open.


It has been three months since Dizzy and Bella Barnhart’s disappearance and the State of Missouri officially declared them deceased. The family, including Frank James, spent a dismal morning at the coroner’s office in St. Louis getting the required documents together so that a proper funeral could be planned.

It was a grey, damp foggy day when the family piled into their cars at the corner parking lot to go back home. James decided a solitary walk would suit him best, so he said his goodbyes and started walking down Market street. As he passed the City garden park James saw a woman bearing a striking resemblance to Dizzy Barnhart.

James followed her as best as he could, but she was always several blocks ahead of him. His last sighting saw the mysterious woman and a young man on an old foot bridge, but they quickly disappeared onto the thick fog.



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Sapphire and Cricket make the trip to Digby Neck in Nova Scotia, Canada almost every year to toss Christmas cactus flowers into the ocean near where their parents’ small airplane went down.

In 1988 their parents were flying home to Sudbury, Ontario from Quebec City when they were asked to divert their flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia to meet with the Minister of Lands and Forests. While on route, the single engine Cessna was engulfed in dense fog off the coast of Brier Island. Despite weeks of searching by the Canadian Coastguard, the wreckage and their bodies were never found.

Sapphire and Cricket, fondly remembering their parents’ love of Christmas cactuses, always bring some prized flowers and scatter then into the sea.



One of Margaret Brookside’s extracurricular duties as Administrative Assistant to the Mayor of Beaver Falls is to organize the annual Christmas cactus photo contest.

Photos from around North America are sent to Margaret to be entered into the competition. This year, noted biologist Cinder Willoughby, who was working up the highway in Ellwood City, volunteered to judge the photographs. Pictured here is Sapphire’s entry, an entry Willoughby didn’t consider a winning photography.