Charge Laid in Girl's Death


Wed, August 25, 2004

MORE THAN 11 years after a 15-year-old Hanover girl disappeared on her way to school, a Chesley man has been charged with first-degree murder. Anthony Edward Ringel, 35, was charged yesterday in the May 18, 1993, disappearance of Christine Harron. Her body has never been found.

Ringel, who was 24 when Harron vanished, made a first appearance in a court in Walkerton yesterday, and was remanded in custody until Sept. 14.

Harron, a quiet teen with a penchant for literature, was on her way to Grade 9 classes at John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Hanover when she disappeared.

Her mother, Mary Ann Russwurm, was the last person to see her alive as she headed off to school that morning. At the time, Hanover police though she may have run away.

In the first few months after she disappeared, there were reports she had been spotted across Ontario.

In 1999, Ontario Provincial Police joined Hanover police and a lengthy investigation led to yesterday's murder charge.