A retiring RCMP member and an Island family are teaming up to renew an appeal to the public for information related to one of PEI's oldest cold cases.
Eileen Faye Williams was just 19 years old when she was last seen on August 6, 1962. The teenager was the youngest of seven siblings who grew up in Beach Point, PEI. Eileen had moved to Hamilton, Ontario some years earlier but she would come home every summer to visit her family. It was on one of these annual trips that she disappeared.
"Based on information gathered at the time, Eileen was considering going to a party in Montague on the night she disappeared," says Cpl. Alexis Triantafillou of the PEI RCMP Major Crime Unit. "She was last seen around 7 pm on August 6, 1962, just outside Montague on the road that leads towards Murray River and Beach Point."
When last seen, Eileen was wearing a green sweater, and black slacks with a white stripe. Extensive searches were carried out by RCMP and volunteers in the area in the weeks and months after she was last seen. Her return plane ticket to Hamilton was never used, and her bank account remained untouched for several years until it was turned over to her surviving relatives. Her disappearance is considered suspicious.
Sixty years later, Eileen's immediate family members are all deceased, but she still has many nieces, nephews and cousins who all remember her fondly. They are sharing photos of Eileen that have never been made public before in an effort to tell people who Eileen was, and to renew their appeal for help to find her.
"We know that time is not on our side, and that anyone who knows what happened to Eileen may not be around much longer," her family writes in a newly released statement. "We want people to know that Eileen was a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin and a friend - not a day goes by that we don't think about her."
View the full statement from the family.
Cpl. Alexis Triantafillou first read Eileen's file in 2019, and was immediately compelled.
"She was just a young girl, and she had so many family members that clearly still cared so deeply about her," he says. "It just stuck with me. She deserves to be found. She deserves to come home."
Now retiring himself after 27 years with the RCMP, Triantafillou is appealing to the public to come forward with any details that may help police locate Eileen, or to discover what happened to her when she disappeared.
"Because of the significant span of time we are working with, anyone who knew Eileen, or who may have been involved in her disappearance, has passed away or would be well into their senior years," said Triantafillou. "We are hoping that this new information will help jog memories, or maybe encourage people to come forward with information they haven't shared before. I haven't given up hope that she will be found, and neither has her family."
Anyone who may have information regarding the 1962 disappearance of Eileen Faye Williams is asked to contact the PEI RCMP Major Crime Unit at 902-566-7112. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).