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Tip line established as part of investigation into death of 31-year-old Drumbo woman

By Megan Stacey, The London Free Press

Jessica Rowe. (Facebook Photo)

Jessica Rowe. (Facebook Photo)

There are still more questions than answers in the death of 31-year-old Jessica Rowe.

OPP announced Wednesday afternoon that the Drumbo woman who went missing on her way to work in Cambridge on Saturday morning was the same woman found on the side of Canning Road, near Princeton, Ont.

Investigators set up a tip line for anyone with information about the crime.

Residents with any details – no matter how trivial – are asked to call 1-855-677-4636.

OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk echoed his statements from earlier in the week, saying Wednesday that “there does not appear to be a risk to public safety.”

So what happened to Rowe?

That’s the million-dollar question.

Police are not revealing if her death is considered a homicide, and rumours continue to swirl on social media. No one was taken in to police custody on Wednesday, but Sanchuk would not comment on whether police have identified any persons of interest.

Though an autopsy was completed Tuesday in Toronto, Sancuk said police would not release Rowe’s cause of death at this point.

“Right now that’s part and parcel of the investigation and we wouldn’t want to jeopardize an investigation,” he said. “I know people are eager for details, but you can imagine how it would feel if this was your family member.”

Rowe leaves behind a fiancé and nearly one-year-old son. The next few weeks would have marked her son's first birthday, her 32nd birthday, and her wedding.

Rowe's friends and family declined to speak with the media.

On Facebook, people mourned the loss of an “amazing friend.”


Flowers mark the site on Canning Road where Jessica Rowe's body was found in a car at the side of the road last Saturday morning. (HEATHER RIVERES/WOODSTOCK SENTINEL-REVIEW)

One user said that Rowe “laughed often and would light up any room.”

A GoFundMe account, set up to help Rowe’s fiancé and son, surpassed its $10,000 goal. The page described Rowe as “one of the brightest souls any of us had ever met.”

A roadside memorial – finally able to adorn the spot where Rowe was found, now that the road has reopened – grew on Wednesday.

A neighbour, who didn’t want to give his name, said that Rowe’s family had gathered there for a small vigil.

The area had previously been cordoned off for three and a half days while investigators waited for autopsy results. Police guarded the scene.

The neighbour also noted that those officers securing the area had collected several bouquets for Rowe over the weekend and early part of the week.

“They couldn’t drop the flowers off, they couldn’t contaminate the area, so they put them on their dashboard,” he said. “Every eight hours when the police would change shift, they would move those flowers over to the next car. It was neat to see.”

mstacey@postmedia.com