In Memory Of
Phoenix, AZ. USA
Community Web Highway of Tears
Highway of Tears
2015 Jan-July - 2015 Aug-Dec. 2016 Jan-July
PLEASE NOTE - If a Missing Person is found I remove the listing after a few days..
KEITH MCNEILL October 15, 2013 · 11:32 AM >S
“It's been fantastic,” he said. “They've been feeding
the searchers three or four times a day. We got a roast
beef dinner on Friday and a turkey dinner on Saturday.”
“The church has been letting us use the photocopier,
phone, building and washroom.” According to Clearwater
RCMP, on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:45 p.m., a Vavenby woman
contacted the detachment to report that she had not seen
her father, Lavern Boettger since Sunday afternoon. She
described her father as a loner who, when bored, likes
to go driving on Forest Service roads in the
backcountry. Although, elderly, police report that
Boettger does not have significant medical/health
issues, does not use alcohol or drugs and does not have
dementia. On Tuesday, RCMP contacted Wells Gray Search
and Rescue and advised them of the incident. A RCMP
helicopter (Air 4) was also contacted and assisted with
the search efforts. Initial information confirmed
Boettger got gas in Clearwater and as a result the
initial air search was conducted in the Clearwater area.
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Missing Since April 7-2010
File # 2010-3291 2010-04-13 20:45 PDT >
The B.C. RCMP's Serious Crimes Unit has created a re-enactment video of the day Abigail Andrews was last seen in a northeastern B.C. city more than three years ago, in the hopes that that new information will come in about her disappearance.
The then-28-year-old woman was a glowing, expectant mother, when she went missing on April 7, 2010, in Fort St. John, police say.
Abigail Andrews - missing
Abigail Andrews was 28 and three months pregnant when she went missing April 7, 2010 after leaving her apartment in Fort St. John, B.C. A neighbour told police Andrews said she was walking to a male friend's house. (RCMP)
Her father, Doug Andrews, said it was out-of-character for his daughter to lose touch. In the video released by RCMP today, he said his daughter was looking forward to the birth of her child. She was three months pregnant at the time.
"She had pampers that she was stockpiling. She was stockpiling food, all kinds of garments and goodies, in preparation for the birth of this child. She was really excited about it, as were we," he said.
The narrated re-enactment video shows an actor portraying Abigail Andrews walking away from her home. Andrews reportedly mentioned to a neighbour that she was on her way to visit a male friend.
RCMP "E" Division Serious Crime Unit Cpl. Bill Robinson said investigators are pursing the case as a case of foul play.
"Our investigation to-date has resulted in the identification of a suspect. We believe that this person has spoken to people about what they did," he said. "We're asking those people to contact us, no matter how small or how unimportant they feel their information is."
Robinson said that this fall, Andrews' child would have been three years old.
Fort St. John family uses billboards to help find missing woman
By Yolande Cole, The Province June 9, 2010
The family of a young pregnant woman who went missing from Fort St. John in April is hoping that two new billboards will help to solicit tips from the public on how she disappeared.
Beth Cobbett, the aunt of 28-year-old Abigail Andrews, who was last seen on April 7, raised donations from family and local businesses to put up two large signs on the Alaska Highway leading into the northern B.C. town.
The billboards feature two large photos, a description of the young woman and phone numbers to call with tips.
Cobbett is hoping the signs will help to garner clues from the community.
“My hope is mainly to just raise awareness of what’s happened to her,” she said. “We as a family don’t believe that she just decided to walk away from her life and start a new one somewhere else. We believe that she’s met with some kind of foul play or someone has intercepted her along the way.
“Still there’s lots of talk that she’s just gone, she’s partying,” she added. “We just would like people to look at this more seriously and consider the fact that maybe there’s someone amongst them . . . who has information.”
Andrews was last seen walking away from her Fort St. John apartment on the evening of April 7. Her mother, Debbie Andrews, said Abigail called her to say she was going to a friend’s house, and was asked to call or send a text message when she got home, but never did.
Abigail is six feet tall with a large build, long dark hair, hazel eyes, fair skin and a tattoo of tribal art on her lower back. She was three months pregnant at the time of her disappearance. Cobbett said she also had a purple Guess bag and a pink Blackberry Pearl phone with her.
Cpl. Annie Linteau of the RCMP said the investigation is still under way, and that police have received dozens of tips from the public so far. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers or police.
Debbie Andrews said she is “in for the long haul now” with the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance.
“I don’t know how this all happened without anybody seeing anything or knowing anything, but maybe someone does know something and maybe their conscience will just get to them after a long time and they will just have to say something,” she said.
Cobbett sent a direct appeal to her missing niece on the “off-chance” that she is out there.
“We love you and we want you to come home,” she said.
© Copyright (c) CW Media Inc.Fort St John - Police Search for Missing Person
File # 2010-3291 2010-04-13 20:45 PDT>
The Fort St John RCMP are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of Abigail Andrews. Her family reported her as missing on Friday, April 7, 2010 after concerns that she hadn't been heard from in couple of days. Abigail was last seen walking away from her residence on the evening of Wednesday, April 7, 2010.
The police have followed up on numerous tips from the public and continue to actively pursue all available leads received regarding Abigail's disappearance. All avenues of investigation are being explored but the police have not ruled out foul play at this time.
Members of the Fort St. John RCMP Serious Crime Unit and General Duty Section are working with the family in order to find Abigail. The family has established a Facebook site where photographs of Abigail can be viewed. Abigail is described as being 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and having brown hair. Abigail has hazel eyes and a tattoo of tribal art on her lower back.
The police are requesting that anyone who may have any information about Abigail and her disappearance, to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140.
If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. They are open 24/7. Tip can be left anonymously online at www.crimestoppersfsj.com. You do not have to give your name, address, or your telephone number. You do not have to testify in Court. A cash reward of up to $2000.00 will be paid for any information which leads to an arrest and/or charge.
Dylan Koshman's -
Case Reference - family
still searching 5 years
Edmonton police are still investigating Koshman's disappearance
CBC News Posted: Oct 07, 2013 8:18 AM MT Last Updated: Oct 07, 2013 8:18 AM MT
Dylan Koshman disappeared October 10, 2008 after a fight with his roommate. He has not been seen since.
Five years after Dylan Koshman vanished following a late-night scuffle with his roommate, his family is still searching for answers.
Koshman was 21-years-old when he stormed out of his Edmonton home after a fight with his roommate on Oct. 10, 2008. He has not been seen since.
“It was shock, it was panic,” said Koshman's mother Melanie Alix.
After Koshman vanished, family members came to Edmonton from across Alberta and Saskatchewan to search for him.
“I was so scared," Alix said. "The next day we took off and went up to Edmonton and decided that we had to do something. And that's when all of our posters began and searching began. We stayed there for three weeks.”
The family handed out leaflets, made posters and posted billboards asking for information about Koshman.
Five years later, they have received plenty of tips, but no answers.
Now five years later, Alix said it is exhausting to continue with no idea what happened to her son.
“We don't have that final closure. And that's really hard,” she said.
“Not having closure means not being able to grieve properly if he is gone from this world and not knowing if he's suffering ... and it can be a struggle. You can be in the middle of the grocery store. And you can feel like you have to go home. It's anxiety. And that happens.”
More than anything, Alix says she hopes her family will one day find out what happened.
“I'd like this to end for all of us. I mean, there's somebody out there that might have the gift or the power to give us that closure. And I hope they come forward to do that for us,” she said.
Police investigation ongoing
Investigators have binders full of information on the case and say they have explored every possible lead.
Const. Sean Jenkinson has been working on the case for four years.
“To this day, it's gone,” he said, snapping his fingers. “I can put you down to a three or four minute window. And I don't know what happened in that window. And he's never been heard from since.”
Jenkinson said it's frustrating when long-term investigations slow.
“It's that slowdown period – when the family's calling to see what's going on and there's no new information coming in and you're trying to think of things you may have missed, so you go back and review," he said.
"That's the process we've been doing for four years. It's quite a mystery as to what happened.”
Jenkinson said police still receive tips that they follow up on. But, he said, finding missing people is a challenge.
“That's the unique thing about a missing persons investigation. It's a non-criminal event because, at the end of the day, it's not illegal to be missing.
“If someone is reported missing in one jurisdiction and then moves, through the course of the investigation, out of it – say they die – we may never put the two together.
“We've had files where the missing subject goes into the river in Edmonton and is recovered as far away as Langham, Saskatchewan –so that's quite a lot of geographic area to recover – and unfortunately the window of opportunity to recover someone out of the river is fairly small.”
Each year, EPS investigates about 1,600 missing persons cases. Of those, 98 per cent or better are solved, said Jenkinson.
Koshman's family will be back in Edmonton later this week to hold a vigil for their lost son.
Aaron DERBYSHIRE still missing after 7 years
Missing Since Sept. 2006
Mother makes emotional plea to find Aaron. See Youtube
|Missing 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016|
Update on the search for Mr.
Shin Ik Noh
Missing Person – Shin NOH
Jette and Rachael Bagnall
Quebec father returns again to look for missing son
|Missing 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016|
Surrey RCMP is
requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing
CZERMAN is described as a 68 year old white male, 5’8", 148 lbs,with shoulder length brown hair. (Please see photo attached). It is unknown what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance, however,CZERMANis known to wear a bandana around his head.
If you know the whereabouts of this person please contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, call 911, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 quoting file number 2013-158838.
Bonnie Marie Joseph
Public Assistance Sought in Missing Woman Case
Fort St. James BC
File #2007-4626 - Monday - Sep. 09 -2013>
Fort St. James RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance with a missing person’s case as it marks the 6th year anniversary and the investigation remains open.
6 years ago Bonnie Marie Joseph was last seen by her family in the Vanderhoof area of British Columbia. JOSEPH was known to be very independent and traveled frequently from her home town of Fort St. James to the Vanderhoof and Prince George areas of B.C.
She was last seen by family in September of 2007 and reported missing in December after friends and family had not heard from her.
The RCMP continue to search for answers into the disappearance of Bonnie Joseph Stated Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer,
We have no leads as to whether Bonnie got a ride with a friend, hitchhiked or took a bus to a nearby community. We are hoping someone may recognize her photo and shed some light on
this 6 year mystery.
BURNS LAKE, B.C. (Monday, January 9, 2012) - RCMP Burns Lake are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing man.
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2012, Burns Lake RCMP Detachment received a report of a missing adult male. Perry SEBASTIAN, 28 years old of Hagwilget, B.C., was reportedly last seen during the early morning hours of Monday, December 26, 2011, near Southbank, B.C.
SEBASTIAN is described as First Nations, with brown eyes and black hair. He is of slender to medium build, approximately 5'11" (180 cm) and 170 lbs. (077 kgs).
SEBASTIAN was last seen wearing a camouflage toque, black hoodie, black vest and gray shirt along with navy track pants and black shoes (runners or hikers).
Anyone with information on SEBASTIAN or his whereabouts are asked to contact the RCMP Burns Lake Detachment at (250) 692-7171 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
assistance in locating Dean Morrison reported as missing
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On June 3rd, 1996 Donald PETTERSON called his wife to advise her that he had travelled to Vancouver Island and was looking at retirement property and would return shortly. He advised that he was staying at the Arbutus Hotel in Courtenay, BC.
Over the next few days PETTERSON was seen in and around the Courtenay area. He was last seen by family friends on June 6th at the Cumberland Hotel in Courtenay. The last official sighting of PETTERSON was on June 9th, 1996 in the Port Alberni area.
Since that time there has been various unconfirmed sightings of PETTERSON at various locations on Vancouver Island. Nothing has been confirmed by police, however, and to this day his file remains an open missing person case.
Investigators from the Surrey RCMP and police detachments on Vancouver Island have been engaged in this file from the onset. Numerous interviews have been done with friends, families, and associates, along with checks with government and financial institutions all to no avail.
Donald A PETTERSON was born on April 23rd, 1939. He was married to his wife Patricia PETTERSON for over 30 years and they had 3 children together, Donna, Lisa, and Chad. Donald worked for Overwaitea Foods and was three years away from a full retirement package. According to his family, Donald was a devoted husband and very much involved in the lives of his grandchildren and would never have intentionally left the family. There is no history of depression or suicidal tendencies. At the time of disappearance he was described as a Caucasian male, 5’11, 178 lbs, with a light complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes. He would now be 74 years old.
The Surrey RCMP Missing
Persons Unit currently has conduct of this file.
Investigators are hoping that by bringing this file out
into the light someone may recall some information that
can assist them and provide some answers to Donald’s
surviving family. Donald’s wife, Patricia PETTERSON
passed away in 2011 never knowing what happened to her
Kenneth (Ken) A. Hooper
Edna Bette-Jean Masters
Search Concluded for Missing Female
Fort St James
2013-06-25 11:26 PDT
an exhaustive search effort, Fort St. James RCMP and
Search and Rescue Teams have concluded their search
for missing woman, Immaculate Basil.
26 year old, Immaculate BASIL was reported missing to
police by her family on June 17th 2013. Family and
friends last saw Immaculate Basil on the night of June
13th, 2013. Information was provided to police that she
may have been traveling to a cabin in the Leo
Creek area. She was last seen wearing grey yoga pants,
white shoes and a black hooded sweatshirt with a red
maple leaf on the front.
Dad pushes for new leads on case of missing Abbotsford
mother of three
See complete article HERE
Jamie (james) Gregory Lee
Possible New Information In Missing Person Case
By LynnWas | Posted August 31, 2014
CNN PRODUCER NOTE This weekend marked the third anniversary of James "Jamie" Lee's disappearance from a campsite in Grand Prairie, Alberta, according to Alberta authorities. Anyone with information relating to the whereabouts of Jamie Lee is asked to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
A video recently obtained may shed light into the disappearance of James “Jamie” Lee from Grande Prairie, AB. It is potentially Jamie in the video and it is raising the concern that Jamie may be a victim of human trafficking.
Private Investigator Chuck Foreman of Chuck Foreman Investigations is assisting the family and encourages all members of the public to look closely at the slides from the video that are on the attached flyer. Mr. Foreman says “Human trafficking is very real and it is happening everywhere – Canada, Mexico, the United States, it is a global epidemic. It is critical that all members of society take the time to acknowledge it, learn to recognize it and do their part in putting an end to it. When you see an article, read it. When you see a flyer, share it. It takes all of us and everyone taking the time to look and share goes a long way toward resolving a case. We are seeking any information concerning the filming location of this video as well as any information concerning the wallpaper in the background, anyone with information needs to come forward. The video is out there on the internet, we need to know where it came from.”
James “Jamie” Lee was age 19 when he went missing in 2011 from a campground in the early hours of the morning on September 4th. Though he went missing from Canada - Houston, Texas has been named as a potential location of interest.
In the years since he went missing Jamie's mother Julie has never given up hope or efforts when it comes to locating her son. In a plea to the public, she said “All I can do is ask everyone to please keep their eyes open for him and that if they know ANYTHING it could bring a son home or at least a family answers.”
If you have any info concerning the video, location of filming or have seen or know where the wallpaper in the background was sold please contact Private Investigator Chuck Foreman of Chuck Foreman Investigations 512-644-9856.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business in the United States alone and is happening worldwide every day. It is reported that 1 out of 3 missing children will be targeted by a trafficker within 48 hours. Everyone must take a stand.
Also See Link to
Kamloops This Week Article
investigative efforts by the Kamloops RCMP to locate
Sandra, she has never been seen or heard from since and
investigators believe foul play is involved in her
Vaclav (Walter) SIMEK
File:2013-43817 - Date: 2013-04-24
Another appeal for assistance in case of man last seen in Langley
May 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Surrey RCMP’s Missing Persons Unit is re-appealing for public assistance on a man who vanished more than a year ago.
Vaclav (Walter) Simek was reported missing on April 10, 2013. He was last seen on March 7, 2013 when it’s believed that he was dropped off in the area of 200 Street and 40 Avenue in Langley.
The police investigation has revealed that Simek rented a car between Feb. 23 and March 7, 2013 and used it to move belongings from his residence to an unknown location. The rental car was returned on March 7.
Since then there has been no banking activity or cellphone use, said Surrey RCMP. There is no evidence of foul play, nor is there any evidence to suggest he has left the country.
Simek is described as a 53-year-old Caucasian male, 6’3”, 210 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes.
Simek’s brown and white springer spaniel named Tucker is also missing. Simek is not known to police. He has a wide network of friends. He is also an avid outdoorsman and a restoration mason by trade.
“Numerous interviews have been done with friends, families, and associates, along with checks with government and financial institutions across the entire country and abroad, all to no avail,” said Surrey RCMP Sgt. Dale Carr.
His family and friends are hoping for answers as to his whereabouts.
Anyone with information about this case, no matter how seemingly insignificant is asked to call the Surrey RCMP Missing Person Unit at 604-599-0502, quoting file number 2013-43817. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Surrey RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing man.
Vaclav (Walter) SIMEK was reported missing on April 10, 2013. He was last seen in late February at his residence in the 16300 block of 8thAve, Surrey.
Investigation has revealed that SIMEK rented a car between February 23 and March 7, 2013 and used it to move belongings from his residence to an unknown location. The rental car was returned on March 7, 2013. Since then there has been no banking activity or cell phone use on any of SIMEK’s accounts. There is no evidence of foul play, nor is there any evidence to suggest he has left the country.
SIMEK has a Cocker Spaniel dog named Tucker which is always byhis side. SIMEK is not known to police and it appears he does not have a wide network of friends. SIMEK is described as a 52 year old Caucasian male, 6'3", 210 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. It is not known what he was last wearing
Police would appreciate the assistance of anyone who knows SIMEK to come forward with any information they may have that could assist this investigation, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
If you know the whereabouts of this person please contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, call 911, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, quoting file number 2013-43817
later, search for hikers continues
Bagnall, 25, of Prince George and her boyfriend Jette, 34, from Quebec, went missing in September 2010 after going on a backpacking trip in the area. Whistler-Pemberton RCMP spokesman Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said the goal of latest poster campaign is to raise awareness about the case and hopefully lead to some tips.
"At this point in time we're hopeful we'll find the remains at some point and we're expecting that might happen with people out hiking and recreating in the area," LeClair said. "If people are aware that there's something out there then the chances of them finding something and reporting it to us are that much higher."
The posters will be going up in May and June to coincide with the opening of hiking season in the region.
Last fall police spent two more days searching the area around where the couple's car was found, but located no further evidence.
"We don't know what happened in this particular incident," LeClair said. "The fact that two people went missing is very unusual."
Although it's been 2 1/2 years since the pair was last seen, LeClair said police never consider a missing case closed until the people are found.
"There are people out there whose loved ones who have gone missing and we're not prepared to just give up," he said. "If there are any new leads that come in, we'll investigate."
In addition to the posters, Whistler RCMP are also
proceeding with paperwork to get Bagnall and Jette added
to the national missing persons database. Police will
also be posting information about the case to popular
hiking websites and are committed to keeping the story
alive in the local media.
Case reference 2013000143
Fraser Lake RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing man from Fort Fraser B.C.
55 year old Delvin D’Arcy was last seen on February 13th, 2013. Friends and Family have not heard from him since that time. Mr. D’Arcy has family in Ontario and therefore he may be traveling, though he has made no mention of traveling to friends or family.
Delvin James D’Arcy is described as;
55 years old, 5’8 tall, 210 – 220 Lbs, Blue Eyes, Grey Hair
He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green jacket and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information about Delvin D’Arcy’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Fraser Lake RCMP at (250) 699-7777 or call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
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More Chinese Nationals Go Missing From Tour Groups
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Timothy Cameron is still missing. Police request public’s assistance.
BC File # 2012-22171 -
2013-01-15 10:22 PST>
Cpl. Tupper explains the reason behind this second media release, We’d like to get this message out to Tim Cameron, and we would like to talk to him. He is not in any trouble; we just want to confirm his wellbeing. This is also an appeal to the general public. If anyone has seen Tim, if he is working for you, or if you know him and have an idea where he would go, please call our unit. Cameron has been known to take cash jobs with commercial fishing vessels.
Timothy Cameron is described as: 53 years old, Caucasian, 6’ 0 (183 cm) tall, slim build, grey hair and brown eyes
Anyone who may have information related to this investigation is asked to contact the North Vancouver Unsolved Homicide/Missing Persons Unit at 604-969-7568 or by email at email@example.com . If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Gui Feng TONG>
The Burnaby RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing elderly, Asian female. Gui Feng TONG, born November 17, 1946. She is missing from North East Burnaby. Ms. TONG hasn't been heard from since Wednesday, Januray 16. She is described as 5', 100 lbs, slim build. The attached photo is one week old.
Ms. TONG walks and uses transit, only speaks Mandarin, and has no known medical issues.
It's possible Ms. TONG is staying with friends unknown to her family, and is unaware her family is looking for her.
If you know of Ms. TONG's whereabouts or have seen her in the past three days, you're asked to call the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922
Tyler Walton missing from Williams Lake for four years
Murder charges in deaths of 12-yr-old Monica Jack and 11-yr-old Kathryn-Mary Herbert
B.C., Project E-PANA
The murder of 11 year old Kathryn-Mary Herbert was heinous and horrific. It devastated a family and deeply impacted a community. The investigation into the murder spanned years and required a concerted effort by law enforcement to gather the necessary evidence to bring charges against a suspect. The journey to arrive at this point, however, was not just the product of a continued effort by police; it was also the result of the tenacity, persistence and love demonstrated by her mother, Shari Greer, says Deputy Chief Rick Lucy of the Abbotsford Police Department.
On May 6, 1978, 12-year-old Monica Jack was riding her bike along north on Highway 5A just south of Quilchena near the Nicola Ranch in Merritt, BC. While her bike was discovered a day later, it would be another 17 years before her remains were located on June 2, 1995, in a rural area north of Merritt about six kilometres from Highway 5A. Investigative efforts moved forward and in 2007 her murder was added to the Project E-PANA investigation.
Both Monica and Kathryn were young, vibrant and happy girls last seen travelling on roads not far from their homes. Both children also had incredibly strong mothers – Madeline Lanaro and Shari Greer- who have been amazing advocates for their daughters, says Chief Superintendent Jim Gresham head of the BC RCMP Major Crime Section. Ensuring they had the answers they so rightly deserved was a powerful force that guided us over these many years. While these investigations were led by two different investigative and integrated teams, information has been constantly shared and efforts combined when the same suspect was identified in the two cases.
The totality of three decades of investigative efforts has result in 2 murder charges against 67-year-old Garry Taylor HANDLEN of Ontario. Based on the Criminal Code that was in place at the time of the offences HERBERT is facing one count of First DEGREE MURDER in connection with the death of Monica JACK and one count of First DEGREE MURDER in connection with the death of Kathryn-Mary HERBERT.
The road to today’s announcement has been long, says Supt. Ward Lymburner – Officer in charge of Special Projects Unit. In Monica’s investigation alone, once it was transferred to the E-PANA team, police reviewed over 500 investigative tasks and then initiated another 241 tasks including re-interviewing individuals and exploring new forensic analysis options. Our efforts to bring the girls’ alleged killer to justice have been extensive and exhaustive.
HANDLEN was arrested without incident in Surrey on November 28, 2014. He will remain in custody and is scheduled to appear in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Monday Dec 8, 2014.
In order to further our investigative
efforts, police are taking the step of releasing of
photo of HANDLEN around the time of alleged offense.
Police are issuing a plea to the public that if anyone
has any information about Garry Taylor Handlen, or the
disappearances of Monica JACK and Kathryn-Mary HERBERT,
please call the TipLine at 1-877-543-4822.
Photograph by: Ric Ernst , PNG
Shari Greer still prays daily for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her 11-year-old daughter’s 1975 murder.
In early December 2011, shortly after what would have been Kathryn-Mary Herbert’s 48th birthday, the Chilliwack mom feels her prayers were somewhat answered.
“I asked God to do something that would work,” Greer said Thursday from RCMP headquarters in Vancouver. “A week later, I received an anonymous donation for 10 thousand dollars for a reward in Kathryn-Mary’s case.”
Greer says she has no idea who dropped the reward off at her Chilliwack home — made out simply to the Kathryn-Mary Reward Fund.
“I was just in heaven, I could not believe that anybody had this kind of kindness in their heart,” said the deeply religious woman, who has tragically buried three of her children.
The reward has resparked an investigation that went cold decades ago.
RCMP Insp. Gary Shinkaruk said Thursday he admired Greer’s strength and courage in her attempt to generate new information to move the investigation forward.
“Thirty-six years does not deter us,” Shinkaruk said, pointing to other 30-plus-year cold cases the RCMP have cracked.
Shinkaruk spoke of Kathryn-Mary’s last night in Matsqui.
On Sept. 24, 1975, she had visited a friend and was walking home after 8 p.m. when she met another friend who let her “double up” on his bicycle.
Kathryn-Mary was dropped off within a mile of her Matsqui home.
Witnesses recall seeing a man in a white, American-made vehicle idling between the spot Kathryn-Mary jumped off the bicycle and her home.
Her body was found 55 days later a few miles away near a Mastqui First Nation cemetery by residents preparing a burial.
Police have had a number of suspects over the years — some still alive — but have never been able to narrow down the investigation.
The file was first handled by the Matsqui police then the Abbotsford police.
It has now been reviewed by various police agencies.
Shinkaruk says investigators have resubmitted exhibits over the years that may benefit from technological advances, such as DNA evidence.
He also says the passage of time sometimes helps.
“Some of the reasons or some of the relationships people might have with the killer ... that those relationships deteriorate to the fact that they either find some moral compass and the right reasons to come forward,” said Shinkaruk.
Two other cold case murders from the same era and area have similar earmarkings as the Herbert case, says Shinkaruk.
Greer believes there is someone still out there who knows what happened to her daughter: a bright, musically gifted girl with a voice that will never be forgotten.
Two rewards totalling $2,000 were originally offered in November 1975.
Greer, who holds an annual grief retreat at her Chilliwack home, says the continued support she gets from others — and her belief in God — helps her continue to cope.
“There is no shelf-life for grief. It can come up and hit you in between the eyes when you least expect it ... there’s no such thing as closure, only resolution.”
Police ask anyone with information to call the RCMP’s major crime unit at 1-877-543-4822 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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Statement by Insp. Gary Shinkaruk
I would first like to thank Shari Greer for being here today. None of us can imagine how difficult the last 36 years must have been for her. After all these years, Shari remains determined to do all she can to find answers and find out who is responsible for the death of her daughter, Kathryn-Mary. I admire your courage and strength Shari and thank you for creating the opportunity to hopefully generate more information to move this investigation forward.
On September 24, 1975, Shari reported her 11-year-old daughter, Kathryn-Mary missing to the Matsqui Police Department.
On November 17, 1975, a partially decomposed body, later confirmed through dental records to be Kathryn-Mary’s, was located near Harris Road, an undeveloped area of the Matsqui First Nations Reserve, by two residents. Evidence from the scene led investigators to believe that her body had been there for some time. An autopsy confirmed that the victim’s death was the result of a homicide.
The investigation determined that earlier in the evening of her disappearance, Kathryn-Mary had been at a friend’s house in Abbotsford. At about 8:30 pm, while walking home, she met another friend who “doubled” her on his bicycle and took her part-way home. At about 8:50 pm, they parted company near the intersection of Townline and Marshall Roads in Abbotsford. Kathryn-Mary never arrived home, and this was the last known sighting of her.
During the course of their investigation, police identified witnesses who saw Kathryn-Mary Herbert in the company of her young friend. These witnesses also observed a white, older model, American made vehicle, occupied by a lone male, parked south of that intersection. The investigation found that the vehicle, which appeared suspicious to witnesses, was parked between the location the victim was last seen and her home. The occupant of this vehicle was never identified.
This investigation has undergone extensive reviews by various police agencies over the years. The purpose of these reviews was to look at previous investigative avenues to ensure that nothing had been missed and develop new investigative strategies that would hopefully lead to identifying and apprehending the person or persons responsible for the victim’s murder.
Over the years, investigators have also resubmitted exhibits for analysis to benefit from technology not previously available at the time.
In addition to speaking to witnesses, family members and friends of Kathryn-Mary’s, investigators have also spoken to the original investigators of the case as well as followed-up on a number of tips. Unfortunately, the person or persons responsible for her homicide remain at large.
Investigators believe that there are individuals who have information that police need to solve this case and bring some measure of resolution to the victim’s family and friends. Investigators urge these individuals to come forward and provide police any information they may have in relation to Kathryn-Mary’s disappearance and homicide
Police are also seeking any information in relation to the suspicious older white American made vehicle and its lone male occupant observed by witnesses in the area the victim was last seen. We believe that this person may have information that could help further the police investigation.
Anyone who has any information in relation to this homicide are asked to call 1-877-543-4822 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
I would now ask Shari Greer to say a few words.
Statement by Shari Greer - Kathryn-Mary’s Mother
Good afternoon. My name is Shari Greer. I am the mother of Kathryn-Mary Herbert. Kathryn-Mary was 11 years old when she disappeared and she was found just after her 12th birthday.
Kathryn-Mary loved singing. She had a very nice voice and she could play piano by ear. A friend of her’s once told me that she could always remember her beautiful voice.
For many years, I have been relentlessly pursuing this case and trying to find answers. Awhile back, I prayed. I asked God to do something because this needs to be resolved. Then one week later an anonymous donation for a reward was given to me for Kathryn-Mary.
In an effort to get much needed answers, I am offering a private reward of up to $10,000 for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the death of my daughter, Kathryn-Mary
Someone knows what happened and who did this to Kathryn-Mary. I hope that with the passage of time this person will come forward and call the police with any information they may have.
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36 years later, Chilliwack woman believes
daughter's killer will be caught
11-year-old Kathryn-Mary Herbert was out with a friend on Sept. 24, 1975 and walking home when she was snatched a short distance from her Abbotsford house. Her body was found two months later.
Photograph by: Handout , RCMP
VANCOUVER -- Even 36 years after her little girl was murdered, Shari Greer still believes the killer will be caught.
The Chilliwack woman announced a $10,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest in the 1975 murder of 11-year-old Kathryn-Mary Herbert.
Herbert was out with a friend on Sept. 24, 1975 and walking home when she was snatched a short distance from her Abbotsford house.
Two months later, her body was found under a wood pile in the Matsqui First Nation burial ground. She had a fractured skull and a broken jaw.
"Someone knows what happened and who did this to her," Greer said. "I am never going to lose hope."
Greer spoke at a news conference at RCMP headquarters in Vancouver Thursday with Insp. Gary Shinkaruk of the provincial unsolved homicide unit.
Shinkaruk said police want to talk to anyone who saw an older-model white American car with a lone man in it parked south of Townline and Marshall roads on the night Herbert disappeared.
Shinkaruk said there are "persons of interest" in the case though not enough evidence to charge anyone yet.
A reward of $2,000 was offered in 1975, but yielded little.
Less than a year after Kathryn-Mary was found, another girl — Theresa Hildebrandt of Matsqui — also disappeared.
Hildebrandt's body was found four years later, also killed by a blow to the head and buried in a shallow grave.
Greer's life has been full of tragedy. The year before her daughter was murdered, her nine-year-old son Donnie drowned. And in 1983, another son committed suicide. His mother believes it was directly related to his sister's murder.
The still-grieving mother has created a special garden outside her home to remember those who have disappeared or died.
She said Thursday that she holds a grief camp every summer for those that have experienced loss like her.
"People put a shelf life on grief but there is no shelf life on grief," she said.
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Reward offered in 1975 killing of Matsqui girl
By Mike Raptis, The Province March 8, 2012 4:03
On Thursday, Greer will make another appeal to the public to help find the killer of her 11-year-old daughter Kathryn-Mary Herbert, and offer a reward for the 1975 homicide: one of B.C.’s most infamous cold-case files.
Greer has done everything a mother would do after losing a child.
She reported Kathryn-Mary missing the same September night in 1975 her daughter was expected to return home from a friend’s house.
She has kept up with a police investigation that went cold decades ago, even accusing police of bungling the case at times.
She has turned to private detectives, politicians and the media.
When reached by The Province at her Chilliwack home Wednesday afternoon, Greer said she still doesn’t know what she’ll say when the cameras are on her Thursday afternoon at RCMP headquarters in Vancouver.
“I don’t know what to say, darling,” she said in a hushed, motherly tone. “Honey, I want the focus on my daughter, not on anything else,” said Greer.
Greer said she has been instructed by the RCMP to wait until Thursday before bringing her daughter’s cold case back onto the front burner.
Two rewards totalling $2,000 were also offered in November 1975.
On Sept. 24, 1975, Kathryn-Mary disappeared near her Matsui First Nation home — only to be found murdered two months later by a group of band members preparing an ancient burial rite.
An autopsy of the freckle-faced, brown curly-haired girl revealed a fractured skull and broken jaw.
A hunt for Kathryn-Mary’s killer turned up suspects, but no arrests were made. A convicted rapist who was dating a girl living in Greer’s house in 1975 was a suspect. He has since raped again, but is now a free man.
Less than a year after Kathryn-Mary was found, another girl — Theresa Hildebrandt of Matsqui — also disappeared.
Hildebrandt’s body was found four years later, also killed by a blow to the head and buried in a shallow grave.
The tragic story of Greer’s life doesn’t end with the loss of her daughter.
In 1974, her nine-year-old son Donnie drowned in a gravel pit.
In 1983, her son Butch, 21, committed suicide.
“He killed himself because he felt he’d failed his sister. He couldn’t solve her murder,” she told The Province in 2004.
Greer dedicated a web page to her three dead children, and began a “Garden of Tears” at her Chilliwack home in May 2003 as a memorial for her kids and others who have suffered the same unjust fate.
People have come from as far away as Australia to paint stones and dedicate them to lost loved ones.
Greer has dedicated her life to finding Kathryn-Mary’s killer, though she didn’t expect the hunt to last nearly four decades.
She ends a Nov. 23, 1975, poem she penned one week after her daughter’s body was found with the following lines:
“No matter what or who he is,
Nor, how much time has past (sic)
The Police will surely catch him
The man — who killed my Kath.”
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