The Lost Boys of Lake Ontario

On March 17, 1995, six teenage boys went missing after leaving a party and heading to Lake Ontario for a night of “goofing around.”

Liam Hall
8 min readJan 10, 2023
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The group consisted of Jay Boyle (17) and Chad Smith (18) of Pickering, Robbie Rumboldt (17) of Pickering, Jamie Lefebvre (17) of Scarborough, Michael Cummins (17) of Oshawa, and Danny Higgins (16) of Ajax.

On March 16, 1995, the boys were at a party held in Pickering, Ontario. At around 12:50 AM the following day, six teenagers, Jay, Michael, Jamie, Danny, Robbie, and Chad, left the party, telling others they were going to the marina to “goof around.”

According to Monique Vavala, Jay’s girlfriend at the time, Jay called her at 1:30 AM to say he was planning to go on a joyride on a water tricycle, but she convinced him not to go and he promised to come to her apartment with Robbie and Michael. However, he never arrived and was not seen again.

Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

Vavala also revealed that the previous night, Jay, Chad, and Robbie had taken the water tricycle for a joyride and returned it to the marina without properly securing it. Surveillance footage…



Liam Hall

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