Details surrounding Drumbo woman’s death remain a mystery while Oxford County OPP wait for post-mortem

By Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Jessica Rowe. (Facebook photo)

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Jessica Rowe. (Facebook photo)

A GoFundMe account has been established for the family of Jessica Rowe, a woman whose death remains shrouded in mystery.

The Drumbo resident was on her way to work early Saturday morning but never arrived, according to a description on the account.

The GoFundMe site reported that Rowe’s body was discovered near Princeton.

“We still do not know any details as to why she was there or what happened to her,” wrote Jay Lesemann, creator of the account.

The Oxford OPP still has not confirmed the woman officers discovered around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning in a black car on Canning Road is Rowe.

Lesemann said she set up the account to help Rowe’s son Noah while helping her fiancé Jim pay for her funeral and for anything else they might need.

Lesemann described Rowe as “one of the brightest souls any of us had ever met.”

“Her giant smile and huge belly laugh lit up the room, and they were never more apparent than when she was with her son Noah and fiancé Jim,” she wrote. “Her loss is a brutal hit that we never could have imagined and will feel forever.”

Other tributes on Facebook referred to her as “bright and beautiful” and “super sweet and kind.”

Meanwhile, OPP officers still had Canning Road closed off at Highway 2 on Monday afternoon.

OPP Const. Ed. Sandchuk said investigators are waiting for the results of a post-mortem scheduled to be completed Tuesday.

“Right now, we are unable to determine her identity,” he said. “The post-mortem is not complete.”

Local residents living on the road near the scene said the police presence had been heavy in the rural area near Princeton during the weekend. Detectives had been canvassing neighbours door to door asking for information on security cameras, suspicious activities and cellphones.

More than a dozen OPP vehicles were on scene, while police used drones and completed their forensic investigation. By Monday, only two police vehicles were left on the site to block the road.

One neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said he was impressed by the amount of police activity during the investigation.

“It was the most thorough thing I have ever seen in my life,” he said. “It’s the most police activity … period.”

The account for Rowe is located at