Lydia Whitford

Photo of Lydia Whitford. She is a young woman with fair skin and dark brown hair; she is wearing a turquoise jacket and pink baseball cap. Her mouth is open and her face relaxed in a neutral expression.Name: Lydia Whitford.
Died: July 14, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Homicide, unknown type.
Location: Springfield, Manitoba, Canada.

As children, Lydia and her older sister Jessica lived together; Jessica was only a year older than Lydia, and the girls were close. Though Lydia was non-verbal, the girls developed their own way of communicating and did everything together. At age ten, both girls were taken into foster care; Jessica returned home, but Lydia stayed in foster care, and as the sisters grew up, they stayed in touch. Jessica remembers her younger sister as innocent and gentle.

When Lydia died, her family was told that she had died of natural causes–but a few months later, police investigators gave the family the news that her death had in fact been a homicide. Jessica, who had seen the bruises on her sister’s body, began searching for answers.

More than a year later later, Lydia’s foster mother was charged with manslaughter, though the charges were stayed for “lack of medical evidence”. Exactly how Lydia died has not been released.

Her sister told reporters that “I want people to remember her as the kind and loving person she was.”

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