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02-19-2011, 10:55 PM
Compile information on the original 1980s "highway murders" investigation here.
This investigation spanned more than the Highway of Tears from Prince Rupert to Prince George, and seemed to include all of the Yellowhead highway from BC to Manitoba, and had a much more extensive list of victims and missing persons.
02-19-2011, 10:56 PM
Pauline Brazeau, 16, was last seen on Jan. 9, 1976 in Calgary. Her body was found on the same day in Cochrane, Alta.
Tara Jane White, 18 (deceased), missing from Banff and found in Morley, Alta, 1976-1981 (Incl in 1980 investigation)
Marie Goudreau, 17 (deceased), Alberta, 1976 (Incl in 1980 investigation)
Melissa Rehorek, 20 (deceased), Calgary, 1976 (Incl in 1980 investigation)
Barbara MacLean, 19 (deceased), Calgary, 1977 (Incl in 1980 investigation)
Oanh Ngoc Ha, 19 (deceased), Banff, 1981 (Incl in 1980 investigation)
02-19-2011, 11:23 PM
Murder meeting drew investigators
About 40 detectives turned out to compare notes on Highway Murders in B.C. and Alberta
BY NEAL HALL, VANCOUVER SUN DEC. 14, 2009
In 1981, a Kamloops RCMP investigator named Mike Eastham organized a conference to compare notes on the growing number of unsolved female homicides along highways in the Interior of B.C. and into Alberta.
They were dubbed the Highway Murders because the bodies were found near major highways or the person was last seen along a highway, often hitchhiking.
Eastham thought the conference would attract maybe a dozen investigators. About 40 detectives showed up, including some from Alberta, making it the biggest meeting of its kind at that time.
What detectives found were similarities in cases, including reports of suspicious vehicles and even the names of persons of interest in boxes of paper files — this was well before computers, the Internet and e-mail.
06-01-2015, 11:59 AM
LOTS to read there...
...Investigators then believed there were common factors in four cases, including the unsolved Alberta murder of Melissa Ann Rehorek and the B.C. case of Oanh Ngoc Ha.
Ha — a 19-year-old Vietnamese refugee — was found on Feb. 28, 1981, near Golden. She had been raped, strangled and her body mutilated after death.
The shy teen had come to Canada seven months earlier and landed a job as a chambermaid at a Banff hotel. Her body was found face down in the snow, a few metres from the Trans-Canada Highway, about 80 kilometres west of Golden, on the road to Kamloops, and 200 kilometres from Banff.
The fully-clothed body of Melissa Ann Rehorek, 20, was found Sept. 16, 1976, in a ditch along a gravel road about 20 kilometres west of Calgary near the Trans-Canada Highway. She had been strangled.
She was last seen leaving the Calgary YWCA, where she lived. She was planning on hitchhiking out of town for her two days off work from her job as a chambermaid at a local hotel.
...RCMP investigators also suspected her killer might be the same man who strangled Barbara Jean MacLean five months later.
The night of Feb. 26, 1977, 19-year-old MacLean had argued with her boyfriend and decided to hitchhike home.
The following morning, a man walking his dog discovered Barbara’s fully-clothed, strangled body beside a gravel road near 80th Avenue and 6th Street N.E. in Calgary.
Police traced her movements the night before to the Highlander Hotel tavern, where she and her boyfriend had argued after closing time.
...A person of interest in MacLean’s murder was sex offender Gary McAstocker, 34. McAstocker hanged himself in 1994 in his Edmonton home hours before he was to be questioned by police in the suspected murder of a 14-year-old Edmonton girl, Tina McPhee, who disappeared a month earlier while walking to school.
Lots more at the link.
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