Man still searching for clues four years after daughter vanished
By The Canadian Press
WINDSOR-- Ron Corbin sits in his living room surrounded by a maze of computer parts. A rollie cigarette hangs from his mouth as he fiddles with a circuit board.
A hobby he's picked up recently, fixing computers, keeps his mind off his daughter, Rhonda Wilson, who's been missing since August 7, 2002.
Rhonda Wilson, 31, a mother of three, was last seen in Kentville on Aug. 7, 2002. She was wearing dark blue jeans with gold zippered pockets, a jean jacket with an embroidered emblem, black high-heeled sandals and carrying a purse with little money.
That was the description released by police. And in many ways, that's the last thing the world learned about Rhonda Wilson.
Her father believes she was murdered, perhaps by someone she knew.
For the first year after she was gone, her dad never stopped looking for her body. Sometimes with friends, often alone, he scoured the woods around Kentville in search of her.
In the second year, he was still driven to find her. But over time, while the yearning to find his daughter hasn't lessened, searching has taken more and more out of him.
Last year, he suffered a nervous breakdown which he attributes to the stress of Wilson's disappearance.
``The desire has gone down a bit,'' he said. ``The first year it was a really big pull, the second as well. Now I just feel sort of defeated, you know. After a while it gets a little more discouraging.''
The search for Leslie Ann Conrad, who went missing from her Lower Wolfville, N.S., home on Oct. 5 and whose body was found near a remote road on Melanson Mountain on Nov. 22, brought all the nightmares back for Corbin.
He doesn't resent the police support Conrad's family had, but is angry his daughter's disappearance seemed to be almost ignored by authorities.
Conrad ``had more media attention and more search support than my daughter had in four years,'' Corbin said. ``There was no proper search done for my daughter.''
Corbin still believes his daughter was murdered and he's outraged the police didn't take that seriously.
``If someone's reported a missing person, it's their job to find them. That's what you call `to serve the public.'
``You have to get out there and do some leg work. They're not just going to pop out of a computer screen,'' he said, his voice cracking with emotion.
RCMP Const. Les Kakonyi said Wilson's type of case is especially difficult because police have no evidence to suggest she was murdered.
Kakonyi said investigators made several unsuccessful efforts to contact Corbin, who says police didn't keep him up to date on efforts to find his daughter.
``If he wants an update, he knows to contact us,'' Kakonyi said. ``She's not the only missing person in the province.''
Corbin's desperation has pushed him as far as contacting psychics in Nova Scotia, the United States and as far away as Australia.
The Women's Network's show, Rescue Mediums, which helps find lost people, shot a special segment on Wilson's disappearance and it aired Oct. 30.
``Do you know what it's like living in limbo not knowing where my daughter is?'' Corbin asked. ``It's torture.''