Cindy Song (also known as Hyun Jong Song) grew up in South Korea before moving in 1995 at age 15 to Springfield, Virginia where she lived with an aunt and uncle. She enjoyed living in America, and she felt that she had more freedom there.
In 2001, Cindy was 21 and an art major at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. She was petite, only five feet tall and weighed 110 lbs. Cindy had good grades and two part-time restaurant jobs.
In July 1983, Susan Tice had moved to the neighbourhood known in Toronto, Canada as Little Italy. Susan and her husband had been living in Calgary, Alberta. They were separating, and Susan and her husband both moved to Toronto from Calgary, but lived in separate homes.
Susann was 45 years old and a mother of four children. She worked with disadvantaged children and had obtained a nursing degree from McMaster University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto. She lived alone in her home at 341 Grace Street.