Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Somewhere Smiles Christina
August 9, 2007...Christina Calayca, a 20 year young woman with everything to live for, went for a jog with a friend. A short jog amongst the beautiful background of Rainbow Falls Provincial Park east of Thunder Bay, where she and 3 friends were spending a short vacation camping.
Christina's passion for the life God gave her shone through in her million dollar smile. Excuberance for life, for God, for her family and friends, for the children she oversaw in her daycare occupation. So much to live for, nothing pressing to run away from...thus, the mystery, the mystery with seemingly no clues. Where is Christina? Why didn't that short jog she set out on, ever lead her back home?
Monday4 the Missing
Christina Calayca has one of the widest, happiest smiles I have ever seen along with a twinkle in her eye that makes her whole face sparkle with life.Christina was not a rugged outdoors type person according to family members and it is a mystery to them that she would be jogging at the Rainbow Falls Provincial Park in Canada.
She had told family members that she was planning a trip to Montreal for a Christian retreat over a long weekend, and they feel if she went camping it would be somewhere that there was a semblance of civilization and amenities, not in a primitive, rugged area. Apparently Christina and her friends decided to ditch the Montreal plans and headed for the area near Thunder Bay.
It is reported that she was going for a jog with a fire fighter friend, got tired and said she was turning back. She never made it back to the rugged campsite and what happened next continues to be a mystery.
The park is so rugged that searchers who were covering the are were injured and a search dog also went missing. There are several drop offs in the hilly, rough terrain and the family was kept back from the search area because of the dangers.
After 17 days of massive searching they turned up no clues as to what happened to Christina. They continue to go up and down the many trails that she could have taken and the authorities do not suspect foul play from any of her friends she travelled there with. Black bear attack has been ruled out, also.
A year after she went missing on August 6, 2007, her mother has peace within feeling that Christina is in heaven. Her friends live with the regrets of leaving her to jog alone, but no one has forgotten her and that beautiful smile.By all accounts she was a vibrant 20 year old and loved by many. She is missed by her close knit family and friends. Her family is trying to raise $100,000 to renew extensive searching for her."The peace that I have after that," Rutledge (Christina's mother)breathes. "I said truly she is in heaven. She is really taken care of by God."