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02-17-2011, 06:01 PM

Nicole Hoar was 25 years old and working as a tree planter in B.C. when she vanished on June 21, 2002, while hitch-hiking along Hwy 16 to visit her sister in Smithers, B.C.


02-17-2011, 06:03 PM
Clueless? Cops end search for Nicole Hoar remains

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – (Update) Police have packed their bags and left a rural property where they were searching for remains of Nicole Hoar.

The quick exit may signal a failed search. Veteran investigators consulted by Vancouverite suggest RCMP would have camped for days at the property had remains been found.

A police press release said simply that the search of the Pinewood property had been concluded.

They did not say if it turned out to be futile – choosing instead to provide the media with a highly ambiguous press release.

“Prince George, BC: Investigators of the “E” Division Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit have concluded their search of the Pinewood Road property,” said the press release.

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02-17-2011, 06:04 PM
RCMP seek mystery man in Nicole Hoar case
Sun. Aug. 30 2009


02-17-2011, 06:05 PM
Police seek public's help in Nicole Hoar case
Published: August 31, 2009 6:13 AM
Updated: August 31, 2009 8:15 AM


02-17-2011, 06:07 PM
Cold Case 5 Nicole Hoar (VIDEO)
Friday, 05 November 2010 15:57

We conclude our week long series on cold cases with one of the most infamous female disappearances in the last decade. Nicole Hoar went missing in June of 2002, west of Prince George. no one has seen or heard from her since and her body has never been found.


02-19-2011, 11:33 PM
Investigators descended last August on a piece of property in the Isle Pierre district west of Prince George looking for evidence related to the 2002 disappearance of Nicole Hoar, 25, who was from Red Deer and working as a tree planter when she was last seen hitchhiking near a gas station west of Prince George.

At the time of Hoar’s disappearance on June 21, 2002, the property searched by police was owned by Leland Switzer, a welder who told police in 2004 that the night Hoar disappeared he and a friend stopped and urinated near the Mohawk gas station — Hoar’s vanishing point.

Switzer told police about this because he said he didn’t know if police used a “fine tooth comb” to search the scene.

During his police statement, which was obtained by Global TV and provided to The Sun, Switzer provided the name of a friend and neighbour whom Switzer claimed had broken down crying when Switzer asked if he was responsible for all the “girls” going missing along Highway 16.

“My daughter heard a gun shot that night,” Switzer added. “When Nicole Hoar went missing, right?”

He said his wife and daughter were home that night but Switzer said he was at a dance and maintained 33 people saw him there.

Two days after Hoar’s disappearance, Switzer fatally shot and killed his older brother, Irvin Switzer, at his parents' property, near his own home. He now is serving life for that murder.

Police confirmed last week that investigators seized a vehicle and other exhibits during the search related to Hoar. The exhibits now are being tested in the RCMP forensics lab.


02-19-2011, 11:35 PM
None of the 2,000 persons of interest has been identified, but in August police said a previous owner of a Prince George-area property they were searching was a person of interest in the disappearance of Highway of Tears victim Nicole Hoar. Convicted murderer Leland Switzer, who has been in jail since 2005, previously owned the property.

While Hulan wouldn’t confirm Switzer as a person of interest, he revealed evidence was seized from the property and from a vehicle found at a nearby dump. The evidence is being analysed for DNA and undergoing other testing.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/vanished/Hunt+determine+serial+killer+preying+females+along +highways/2332207/story.html

02-19-2011, 11:39 PM

B.C. property searched for missing Alberta tree planter

Police said to be looking for body of Red Deer woman in Highway of Tears case

Last Updated: Friday, August 28, 2009 | 7:55 PM MT CBC News


02-19-2011, 11:39 PM

02-19-2011, 11:42 PM
Families yearn for closure as the police search continues; Investigation focuses on Nicole Hoar but 17 others vanished

FEBRUARY 15, 2011

Along the Highway of Tears, the possibility of one family's closure bleeds into the minds of 17 others.

Nicole Hoar, a 25-year-old tree-planter from Alberta, went missing from Highway 16 near Prince George over seven years ago. On Friday, police said they were looking for her remains on a two-hectare property in Isle Pierre, about 30 km northwest of the city.

"It's been so frustrating, not knowing what has happened to these girls," said Matilda Wilson, whose 15-year-old daughter Ramona went missing from the Highway of Tears -- a 700-kilometre stretch from Prince George to Prince Rupert -- on June 11, 1994.

Ramona's remains were found April 1995 near the Smithers Airport.

"The closure, that's one thing -- I won't say it's good, but it's very important for families. Although it hurts," she said. "It's your baby. It's your daughter."

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02-20-2011, 02:55 AM
Nicole was considered a free spirit and was an experienced hitchhiker. She told her tree planting colleagues that she had a method to pick safe rides - she went with her instincts and didn't get in vehicles if she didn't feel comfortable.

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02-23-2011, 06:51 PM
Our next casualty was the first Caucasian woman, Nicole Hoar, who disappeared on June 21, 2002. Nicole was a young tree planter hitching her way from Prince George to her sister's home in Smithers. She was hoping to attend the Midsummer Music Festival, but she never arrived.

The RCMP used aircraft and helicopters, and there were 200 volunteers plus 60+ professional search and rescue members, all to no avail.


Question: Who was the search and rescue team mentioned above that searched for Nicole Hoar when whe went missing on 2002? Would the RCMP of used the Air Force Search and Rescue? There is an airport in Smithers.

02-23-2011, 06:58 PM
It's a common misconception that Nicole Hoar was the first non-Aboriginal. She wasn't. The current E-Pana list is about half Aboriginal and half not.

03-14-2011, 09:32 AM
Nicole Hoar, 25, was working a summer job as a tree planter when she disappeared seven years ago near a gas station west of Prince George, not far from where Leah Germaine's body had been found in 1994.
Nicole, who was from Red Deer, Alta., was last seen June 21, 2002 hitchhiking on Highway 16. She was headed to visit her sister Michelle in Smithers, where they planned to attend a music festival.

I have been wondering about this music festival that Nicole Hoar wanted to attend in Smithers, B.C. Smithers hosts this music festival every year apparently. Here is their facebook page.

Could her abducter(s) have been on their way to this music festival as well? Either a music fan or a musician? What bands were headlining the festival? I do think this avenue should be explored.


08-20-2014, 03:02 PM

A convicted killer long considered a person of interest in the disappearance of a missing woman along northern B.C.'s Highway of Tears is claiming he passed a polygraph test about his involvement in the case...

The RCMP has never disclosed the results of the polygraph test -- but Switzer gave the Parole Board of Canada a letter this week stating he passed it.

The revelation is contained in a written decision denying Switzer's application for parole following a hearing at an undisclosed federal prison in B.C... However, the parole board noted the letter was "not written on official RCMP letterhead," making it difficult to know if it's authentic.

08-13-2015, 02:31 PM
RCMP seek mystery man in Nicole Hoar case
Sun. Aug. 30 2009


This mystery man police were looking for was in his fifty's then so he would be in his sixties now. He had a scar on his face. I wonder if he was in some kind of accident?

08-24-2015, 03:44 AM
This mystery man police were looking for was in his fifty's then so he would be in his sixties now. He had a scar on his face. I wonder if he was in some kind of accident?

Isn't actually on his face, Patience. Apparently it is on the left side of his neck:


"Of note, he has a pronounced jagged scar on the left side of his neck," Cpl. Annie Linteau, an RCMP spokesperson, told CTV News Channel on Sunday.