The pay phone Claudette Osborne-Tyo used the night she vanished isn't there anymore, but the traces of her last steps still linger. There, near the corner of Selkirk Avenue and King Street, is a poster affixed to a street lamp, marking the spot where police say she's last known to have been.
The poster is half-torn, her photograph faded. But its words still read clear. It tells, in the clipped language of such cases, how she was last seen on the night of July 25, 2008. How she stands five-foot-four, and was wearing black pin-stripe pants, and has a scar on her right cheek. It talks about what she'd endured, in her first 21 years.
Then, near the end, in bold letters: “Claudette is very much missed by her family and friends.”
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