Missing since May 5, 1999 from Fairview, Alberta
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Dr Doug Snider of Fairview, a town of 3,300 in Alberta's Peace River region, disappeared May 5, 1999 after telling his wife that he was going to a late evening meeting at Dr Abraham Cooper's office.
The purpose was to discuss a lawsuit that Dr Cooper was bringing against him and two other doctors over allegations they were conspiring to damage Cooper’s practice, over his decision to practice certain forms of alternative medicine. He had lost his Fairview hospital privileges in 1994 and failed to have that decision overturned by the Alberta Hospital Appeals Board in 1998. That was the last anyone saw of Dr Snider.
A massive search failed to find Snider. Police investigation uncovered blood in Cooper’s office, on a pair of shoes he owned, and in the trunk of his car. Lab DNA testing concluded the blood was from Snider.
Dr Snider's body has never been found and Dr Cooper insists he is innocent. He also maintains Dr Snider is alive. In court Dr Cooper was said to have disposed of the corpse before flying from Edmonton to Florida for a medical conference. Cooper's defense during the trial suggested Snider had engineered his own disappearance to escape personal problems, and as a prisoner Cooper threatened to get even with Snider and anyone who helped put him in jail. He has maintained that he's the victim of a conspiracy to wrongfully convict him.
Dr Cooper was convicted of manslaughter in October 2000 and sentenced to seven years and four months in prison. He was released in February 2008.
Investigators Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police
North American Missing Persons Network
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