Raising awareness of Bali case

Jordan Bonaparte is several thousand miles and five provinces removed from Yorkton, but he makes sure to keep up with the local news. The Nova Scotian keeps tabs on developments and press releases about the Mekayla Bali investigation. At home in Halifax, he has a large binder of reports, press clippings, and online posts on the case.

Bonaparte avidly follows mysteries around the world. His podcast, “The Night Time,” focuses on unsolved whodunits, paranormal activities, and true-crime stories, mostly around Atlantic Canada.

article continues below

Bonaparte has also covered cases from across the country, such as the disappearance of Emma Fillipoff in British Columbia.

Bonaparte has been following the Bali case for months, after his listeners brought it to his attention. A father himself, Bonaparte took a special interest in the case.

“I’ve become an advocate for families of missing people,” he said.

“Initially, I thought it was a clear-cut case of a runaway teen,” he said. “The longer it went, the less likely it was a runaway [case].”

Bonaparte decided to record an episode about Mekayla Bali for his podcast. He wants to elevate the profile of Bali’s case to an international stage. 

“I wanted to raise awareness,” he said.

The episode, entitled “Where is Mekayla Bali?”, was released on August 15. It received over 35,000 downloads on its first day.

Coincidentally, the episode’s release came out the same day as the police announced a new search for Bali. They looked around the forested area behind Sacred Heart High School, which is one of the last spots where Mekayla was seen.

The search concluded after two days. In a press release, Saskatchewan RCMP said Bali is still considered missing.

Paula Bali, Mekayla’s mother, read a prepared statement to the press about the search.

“I would like to...applaud the amazing search and rescue volunteers who have given so much of themselves unselfishly,” she said. “You are heroes to our family.”

Paula thanked the RCMP for their continued investigation. She encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers or the local police.

Paula spoke with Bonaparte for the podcast. Bonaparte reached out to Paula and got to know her. After a few conversations, Paula agreed to be interviewed for the episode.

Bonaparte has received a high-level of messages from people regarding the episode. Many listeners have offered theories and words of encouragement. 

“People all over world are listening to the story,” Bonaparte said.

Events such as Bonaparte’s show and the recent investigation keeps the Bali case in people’s mind. Bonaparte plans to follow up on the story down the line.

“This is my way to help,” he said.

© Copyright Yorkton This Week

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Yorkton This Week welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Protest POLL

Do you believe protests by local people concerned about the upcoming carbon tax and lack of progress on oil pipeline development will have an impact on federal government policy?

or  view results

Popular Local News