Behind serial killer cases, Canada's "forsaken" women ( link )

But while E-Pana, which police say they named for an Inuit goddess who cares for the dead, identified Fowler, it has not cracked any of the cases along Highway 16. Gladys Radek, who grew up in northern British Columbia, said she has known about the disappearances since she was a girl. In 2005, her niece, 22-year-old Tamara Chipman, went missing.

"The RCMP have always been in denial that there is a Highway of Tears," she said.

The cases were highlighted in a 2010 report from the Native Women's Association of Canada's Sisters In Spirit, a project that cataloged nearly 600 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls across Canada.

Among Canada's major provinces, British Columbia had the lowest clearance rate - 49 percent of the murders were unsolved, compared with 39 percent nationally - perhaps because of the Highway of Tears, and Downtown Eastside cases that remain open.