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    Possible Suspects on the Highway of Tears

    Please discuss possible suspects and official POIs here.

    However, PLEASE NOTE, do not accuse anyone of things without proof or reason. You may bring up possible suspects based on convictions and official suspect/POI status, but you must back this up with links to MSM or LE documents.

    We do not sleuth non-suspects, victims or their families here at WS. We do not attack, call people names, or seek to ruin anyone's lives.

    This thread is to be a calm, non-abusive place to discuss theories. It is not a witch hunt.

    Please remember that an accusation of crimes like these can last forever in the public mind and memory.


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    Convicted Murderer Jerry Baker, 100 Mile House, BC

    Leibel said he got excited again when he began investigating another likely suspect, who lived outside of 100 Mile House in the 1970s.

    “Somebody came to the detachment and said a man had tried to abduct them and they took down the licence plate,” Leibel recalls today.

    Police ran the plate and saw that the man, Jerry Baker, had a history of sex offences, had done time in prison and had returned to the Williams Lake area around the time MacMillen was killed — the teenager was last seen hitchhiking to a girlfriend’s house about six kilometres away in Lac la Hache.

    At the time, Leibel felt the man could have been responsible for other murders as well. His name had surfaced in several other investigations, including the murders of Pamela Darlington in Kamloops in 1973 and Gail Ann Weys in Clearwater in 1974.

    He tried questioning Baker about MacMillen’s murder, “but he was extremely nervous and denied it.”

    Fifteen years later, Baker became the prime suspect for the murder of a young girl named Norma Tashoots, 17, whose body was found on July 10, 1989 in a wooded area near 100 Mile House. She had been shot.

    She was last seen about a month earlier being dropped off near 100 Mile House while hitchhiking to Vancouver.

    A local resident suggested Baker was responsible for the Tashoots murder.

    Baker, who had reported his Ruger handgun stolen to police the day after Tashoots was last seen, was interviewed and denied being involved. The investigation eventually dead-ended.

    But it was re-opened in 2001 after a complete file review and a decision to try an undercover operation.

    Baker eventually confessed to murdering Tashoots to an undercover officer and confided where he had disposed of the murder weapon — the gun he had reported missing — which was recovered. He was convicted in 2003 of the murder.

    “Is he responsible for four or five [murders] or one? I don’t know,” Leibel said of Baker.
    http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Poss...915/story.html

    http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc...03bcsc400.html
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    Felker sentenced to life in prison
    Thursday, April 2, 2009

    Paul Russell Felker of Fort St. John has been sentenced to life in prison.

    Felker was sentenced in a Prince George court this week after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Cindy Burk.
    http://www.energeticcity.ca/fortstjo...ed-life-prison

    Cindy Burk, an Aboriginal woman, went missing on the Highway in 1990 while hitch hiking. She was found beaten and nude, with her throat slit.

    IMO, this is a convicted killer worth looking at twice.

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    A "POI in the Hoar Case", 2009

    August 29, 2009

    Police confirmed that the former owner of the site being searched Friday was a "person of interest" in the Hoar case. The site was once owned by Leland V. Switzer, convicted of murdering his brother in 2002 at his parents' nearby farm two nights before Hoar went missing.

    Michalko finds it incredible that Switzer, now serving a life sentence, would have the audacity to kill or dispose of Hoar on his own site.

    "You'd have to be pretty stupid to murder somebody, bury them on your own five-acre property and then sell it. But I guess anything is possible," Michalko said.
    http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald...f-eca71caf497e

    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.
    http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Poss...915/story.html

    "Secrets run deep and thicker but, uh, bottom line is like it's hard for me to even say I'm gonna like confess, but I will for Nicole Hoar, okay? And if you guys don't believe me here, whatever," Switzer said during his 2004 police statement, which was obtained by Global TV and provided to The Sun.
    http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailyn...tml?id=2334742
    Last edited by WhyaDuck?; 02-20-2011 at 02:57 AM.

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    Possible Highway of Tears suspects haunt detectives

    There has never been an arrest in this mystery

    NEAL HALL, VANCOUVER SUN: Dec. 14, 2009
    http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Poss...915/story.html

    An interesting overview of the suspects that have come up over the years.

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    I thought this might help for us 'Mericuns who are unfamiliar with the area. I kept thinking this could be an actual building. Obviously from references in the article, it is not, but I still wanted to know about the area. But then I live in a place with a town called *Ninety six* and a Road 13....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Mil...itish_Columbia
    JMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyaDuck? View Post
    http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Poss...915/story.html

    An interesting overview of the suspects that have come up over the years.
    FTA

    "Leibel says he still has his notebooks from those days, which he keeps in his basement, hoping one day to get a phone call, asking him to to testify about the cold case if it gets solved and goes to trial.

    “One day, you hope for the call,” he said."

    Please don't ever let his basement flood. He could have all kinds of information that would be "AHA! Moments" later on.

    "Michalko, 62, a former North Vancouver Mountie, said there is no shortage of theories and rumours about who is behind the murders and disappearances.

    Some say it’s a cop or a long-haul trucker preying on young girls walking along the highway alone, he said.

    “I have seen no evidence of that,” Michalko said of the rumours. “There’s a million places to pull off and go undetected, but not in a tractor-trailer.”


    Yeah, but if it so remote and lightly traveled, this could still be a theory?
    JMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkatrampant View Post
    I thought this might help for us 'Mericuns who are unfamiliar with the area. I kept thinking this could be an actual building. Obviously from references in the article, it is not, but I still wanted to know about the area. But then I live in a place with a town called *Ninety six* and a Road 13....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Mil...itish_Columbia
    Ty. 100 mile house, or as we would say it hundred mile house, is just a town. Strange name but I'v seen stranger, Spallumcheen, Yak.... Lol



    Baker, who had reported his Ruger handgun stolen to police the day after Tashoots was last seen, was interviewed and denied being involved. The investigation eventually dead-ended.
    Would some one please ask the police how an investigation into a murdered girl "dead-ends"?
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    While Willie Pickton seems to have selected his victims from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, I would not be surprised at all to learn he was responsible for murders on Highway 16 at some point.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/pickton/

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    In addition to the 2,000 persons of interest identified in the cases reviewed by police, there is a secondary list of 5,000 people whose names surfaced in the files for various reasons. There have been common names in some files, Hulan said.
    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/van...207/story.html

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    Serial killer Clifford Olson at one time claimed to have “personal knowledge and information” about the unsolved murders of Ha, Pamela Darlington of Kamloops and others, but police dismissed the claims as bogus.

    “At one time, he [Olson] was confessing to everything,” recalled retired senior Mountie Fred Bodnaruk, who initially headed the Darlington investigation. “He was playing games.”
    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/van...912/story.html


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    At one time, Bodnaruk suspected U.S. serial killer Ted Bundy was responsible for Darlington’s murder.

    The nude body of the 19-year-old was found at the edge of the Thompson River in 1973 with bite marks on her body — a Bundy trademark in some U.S. killings. But investigators concluded that although Bundy had been known to visit Canada, there was no evidence he was in the area at the time.

    Bundy, a former Seattle resident, was caught and sentenced to death in Florida for three murders. Just before Bundy was executed in 1989, he confessed to committing more than 20 murders but investigators felt he was responsible for many more.

    “Bundy didn’t confess anything until the end,” Bodnaruk said. “I felt police here should have gone down to talk to Bundy.”
    http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Poss...915/story.html

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    Bodnaruk also compared notes “all the time” with Seattle detectives investigating the serial murder case known as the Green River killer. The man eventually caught, Gary Ridgway, pleaded guilty in 2003 to killing 48 women.
    http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Poss...915/story.html

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    Bodnaruk recently watched a TV documentary about a man named Wayne Clifford Boden and felt he might be a suspect. Boden was a travelling salesman who killed three women in Montreal before moving to Calgary, where he killed again and got caught in 1972.

    He was known as the Vampire Killer because he left bite marks on all his victims, similar to Darlington.

    The TV documentary detailed how Boden travelled through Kamloops to Vancouver.

    Boden, however, was arrested in Calgary in 1972, convicted of four murders and died in prison in 2006.
    http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Poss...915/story.html

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    2010.11.29: Man charged in death of B.C. girl, 15

    A 20-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a teenaged girl whose body was found along a snowy forest road in northern B.C.

    <CAL> of Prince George was charged Monday in the death of Loren Donn Leslie, 15, of Fraser Lake after a Mountie pulled over a truck after it turned onto a highway from an unused logging road.

    <L> was arrested after the RCMP officer stopped the pickup, which turned onto Highway 27 north of Vanderhoof on Saturday night.
    More at:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...e-highway.html

    See also:
    http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/l...shColumbiaHome
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    One name popping up

    Michalko, 62, a former North Vancouver Mountie, said there is no shortage of theories and rumours about who is behind the murders and disappearances.

    Despite “one name that keeps popping up” — he wouldn’t reveal the man’s name, other than to say he is linked to a community close to Prince George

    http://www.globaltvbc.com/world/Poss...915/story.html

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