Monica Jack was last seen riding her bike on May 6, 1978 near Nicola Lake, B.C. Her body was found on June 1995 north of Merritt. She was 12.
http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailyn...tml?id=2334742The youngest victim, 12-year-old Monica Jack, disappeared while riding her bicycle along Highway 5 from Merritt to her Nicola Lake home.
She had gone shopping that day, on May 6, 1978, with her 14-year-old cousin Debbie John, then left her and cycled home.
Monica's mother, Madeline Lanaro, drove by her daughter and offered to give her a lift for the last little stretch, but Monica said no.
"She didn't want to ride in the car. She wanted to ride her bike," Lanaro said quietly, wiping away tears, during a recent interview in her Spences Bridge home.
Monica never made it home.
Searchers found Monica's bike thrown down a bank off the highway, not far from her house.
For 18 long years, the family was left with intense grief and no answers about Monica's whereabouts.
Finally, in June 1995, forestry workers found skeletal human remains in a ravine off a logging road on Swakum Mountain, about 20 km from where Monica's bike had been located. Dental records and DNA testing confirmed that Monica had been found.
Police said in 1996 that they had a suspect, but not enough evidence to lay charges.
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/senior-c...irls-1.2127782'Garry Taylor Handlen, 67, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two young girls in the 1970s'
45045_HANDLEN_Web_small.jpegRCMP is appealing to the public for information about Handlen in the lower mainland during the late 1970s.
garry-taylor-handlen.jpegHandlen was arrested on Friday in Surrey. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 8.
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He described Handlen as someone who travelled extensively through B.C. and Alberta at the time and released a photo of the man from that era, asking the public to come forward with tips if it jogs any memories.
He said the suspect previously lived in the Lower Mainland and has a criminal record.
“He was brought into the investigation as a suspect or person of interest... early on,” Lymburner said. “It has taken this long for us to gather the evidence needed in order to satisfy the courts to bring him forward on charges today.”