PENTICTON - Mystery now surrounds the whereabouts of Roxanne Louie during her last hours.
What we thought we knew about Louie's last movements and actions was likely reported to police by the same people who are charged with her murder.
Laurie Wilson, media contact for Louie’s family, says family and friends are now questioning everything since learning that Louie's son's great-grandmother, Grace Robotti, born in 1949, was charged with her murder.
Louie and her three-year-old son were staying with Robotti while they visited family in Penticton over the holidays. They were scheduled to take a flight out of Penticton back to Vancouver at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 4. Penticton RCMP originally reported that she was last seen at 1 a.m. Jan. 4. Friends and family later added she was last seen leaving her mother-in-law's home at 1:30 a.m. to see a friend.
All of that information is now suspect, though charges against Robotti allege Louie was murdered Jan. 4.
Wilson confirmed Louie's body was found in the Naramata-Chute Lake area. Pier Robotti, also known as Peter, is charged with interfering with a dead body and accessory to murder after the fact.
The rest is speculation.
“We don’t know if she got there (to Robotti's home) and wasn’t allowed to leave,” Wilson said Wednesday. She said the relationship with Robotti was through Louie’s son.
“She didn’t stay there every time she was in Penticton. The speculation that she was staying the night she disappeared hasn’t been confirmed.”
The relationship between Louie and her son’s father failed, and as part of a joint custody agreement, they were ordered to have no contact. The father, who has not yet been identified, could only visit his son under supervision at Robotti’s house. Wilson could not say whether the father exercised that right during Louie’s last visit.
“The boy’s great-grandmother spent the majority of the time with him during these arrangements,” said Wilson, who added the boy has now lost most of those who were closest to him. She is hoping the truth will come out at the trial, and those responsible will be held accountable.
Members of the Okanagan Nation will be at the Penticton courthouse tomorrow offering prayers and a show of support. They also invite members of the larger community to join them.
DEATH OF ROXANNE LOUIE:
WHAT WE KNOW:
- Louie's body was found in the area of Naramata-Chute Lake
- Loue's mother-in-law, Grace Robotti, is charged with her murder, dated Jan. 4, 2015
- Louie was compelled to remain in contact with Robotti so her son could see his father
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW:
- Louie's last whereabouts. Information shared through media about her disappearance came from Robotti
- The exact relationship between Louie and Robotti. She is described by people who knew them as Louie's son's great-grandmother, not Louie's mother-in-law
- What will happen to Louie's three-year-old son
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