Posted by Phil Andrews
In an editorial earlier this month, the Mercury suggested the Guelph Police Service needed to do something more conspicuous to update the community on its work and findings related to the case of missing Guelph resident Seble (Mimi) Dietrich.
This week, the Gueph Police Service issued an electronic update on the case that seemed not to contain new information. (I'll paste the release at the bottom of this post.)
I suspect investigators have a theory of the case. I think they would ease anxiety in the community about this matter and address a sense that the police might not be doing enough to solve this case if they shared some general aspects of their hypothesis or their efforts.
For example, would the investigation be harmed if police clarified whether they believe other local women/etc. might be at some risk of encountering the same fate as Dietrich -- and, if so, what precautions might vulnerable people consider taking.
Would the investigation be harmed if police clarified whether Dietrich's bank account/credit card resources had had activiity since her disapperance and, if so, whether that took place in Guelph?
Would the investigation be harmed if the police shared the volume of tips the service has received about the case or detailed the volume of people interviewed?
Would the investigation be harmed if police disclosed generally what efforts have been made to probe whether Dietrich's Ethiopian-based connections have information about this case?
Here's the most recent police update:
Missing Person Investigation Update
On the 19th of July 2014 the Guelph police became involved in a missing person investigation. The police investigation has revealed that Seble Dietrich, age 39 left her home on the 10th of July 2014 in her 2 door, 1999 red Mercedes SLK. This vehicle was later located at Seble’s place of business in downtown Guelph.
Ms. Dietrich is highly involved in the Ethipioan community and conducted prayer studies from her place of business in downtown Guelph. Ms. Dietrich is known as Mimi within her circle of friends and associates. Ms. Dietrich is known to travel frequently within Canada and her native country of Ethiopia. Seble Dietrich changes her appearance often as she wears different wigs on a regular basis.
Since the onset of this investigation the Guelph police have assigned a team of detectives to this investigation on a full time basis. The investigators are concerned for the safety of Seble Dietrich and are treating her disappearance as suspicious. The Guelph police investigation is active and ongoing.
The investigators are asking that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Seble Dietrich to call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS or D/Sgt Manfred Hoyer at 519-824-1212 Ext 7331.