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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


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.

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