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Western Canada's Highway of Tears Highway 16 is the British Columbia, Canada, section of the Yellowhead Highway. A series of murders and disappearances has given the stretch between Prince Rupert and Prince George the name Highway of Tears.


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Old 02-17-2011, 08:49 PM
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Highway of Tears murder probe asks cabbies for DNA

Mon Feb 14 2011

VANCOUVER Taxi drivers in Prince George, B.C., are being pressured to submit a DNA sample to the RCMP in their investigation of the deaths or disappearances of at least 18 women over the last three decades.

Every cab driver in the city has been told by the RCMP that providing a DNA sample would eliminate them as a suspect or person of interest in the investigation, the Toronto Star has learned.

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RCMP demanding DNA samples from Highway of Tears taxi drivers: company
Tiffany Crawford, Postmedia News: Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Read it on Global News: RCMP demanding DNA samples from Highway of Tears taxi drivers: company
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RCMP demanding DNA samples from Highway of Tears taxi drivers: company
Tiffany Crawford, Postmedia News: Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Read it on Global News: RCMP demanding DNA samples from Highway of Tears taxi drivers: company

Police collecting cabbies’ DNA in Highway of Tears probe

Police in Prince George, B.C. are collecting DNA samples from cab drivers, reportedly as part of their investigation into the dozens of murders and disappearances of women in the northern part of the province.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle1907365/


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Attendees at a meeting in Prince George ask that the Highway of Tears be handled separately than the Pickton Inquest.


http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/...116089164.html
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Families yearn for closure as the police search continues; Investigation focuses on Nicole Hoar but 17 others vanished

BY LAURA STONE, THE PROVINCE
FEBRUARY 15, 2011

Along the Highway of Tears, the possibility of one family's closure bleeds into the minds of 17 others.

Nicole Hoar, a 25-year-old tree-planter from Alberta, went missing from Highway 16 near Prince George over seven years ago. On Friday, police said they were looking for her remains on a two-hectare property in Isle Pierre, about 30 km northwest of the city.

"It's been so frustrating, not knowing what has happened to these girls," said Matilda Wilson, whose 15-year-old daughter Ramona went missing from the Highway of Tears -- a 700-kilometre stretch from Prince George to Prince Rupert -- on June 11, 1994.

Ramona's remains were found April 1995 near the Smithers Airport.

"The closure, that's one thing -- I won't say it's good, but it's very important for families. Although it hurts," she said. "It's your baby. It's your daughter."
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These are the stories of the victims

For decades, women have vanished or been killed near these highways. This is a look at their lives

Lori Culbert and Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, December 12, 2009

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Highway of Tears Revisited

Since 1969, 18 women have died or disappeared along a notorious B.C. road. So why is intense, investigative coverage fading along with them?

Adriana Rolston

Summer 2010, Ryerson Review of Journalsim

Travelling west on Yellowhead Highway 16, Vancouver Sun reporter Neal Hall took in the loneliness of the road, especially desolate in 23-below December weather. The isolated landscape was beautiful as the sun climbed and dipped, blushing the tips of the mountains in pink hues. After driving for an hour or more and not glimpsing a house, he thought, “This is the perfect place, if somebody were hitchhiking, to pick them up, kill them and ditch them somewhere in the bush.”

Hall steered his rented SUV toward Prince Rupert, B.C., some 750 kilometres northwest of Vancouver. He wanted to see the spot where Tamara Chipman was last seen hitchhiking before disappearing on September 21, 2005. Now, months later, Hall’s editor had sent him to drive Highway 16, known as the Highway of Tears. The 3,500-kilometre highway begins its mainland stretch in Prince Rupert, curves north toward Terrace, dips down and heads east to Prince George before snaking through Alberta, Saskatchewan and ending in Macdonald, Manitoba. The RCMP had been actively investigating cases involving 18 teenage girls and young women who had been murdered or gone missing since 1969 along the 720-kilometre stretch linking Prince Rupert and Prince George.

Hall had plenty of experience covering such investigations, having worked the crime beat at the Sun since 1986, including reporting the trial of serial killer Clifford Olson. On this trip, he spent three days talking with Chipman’s family, volunteer searchers, a criminology professor at Northwest Community College in Terrace, locals and RCMP officer Fred Maile, who had helped solve the Olson case. Hall’s resulting 2,700-word feature focused on community concerns as well as the family’s agonizing search for something that belonged to their daughter—a piece of clothing, jewellery—that might lead to her discovery. He says he couldn’t have conveyed that detail if he had not driven the highway. “You can’t describe it unless you experience it first-hand. It’s invaluable to impart to your reader.”
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Funding for Highway of Tears investigation almost doubled, police say

Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun: Friday, January 23, 2009

VANCOUVER – An investigative police team probing the murders or disappearances of 18 young women in northern B.C. has increased it budget to $3.6 million this year, up from $2.1 million spent in previous years, police announced Thursday.

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"The RCMP is fully committed to pursuing each of the identified investigations in order to bring successful conclusion to as many of the investigations as possible and closure to the families” Vancouver RCMP Chief Supt. Richard Bent said in a prepared statement after the meeting.

He assured the victims' families that the RCMP is committed to catch "the person or persons responsible for their loved ones disappearance or murder."

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Anyone with any information about the 18 files should contact the Unsolved Homicide Tip Line at 1-877-543-4822 or if they wish to remain anonymous Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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Murder and racism along the Highway of Tears

With the news that RCMP were searching a property near Prince George for the remains of Nicole Hoar, there was in that grisly development in the Highway of Tears investigation something that remained unsaid.

BY THE VANCOUVER SUN AUGUST 29, 2009

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...6-f41ab1258cee
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Highway of Tears Chapter One

January 2007

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Treat ‘Highway of Tears’ victims as women first, police told

PATRICK BRETHOUR
From Monday's Globe and Mail

Published Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 10:49PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 3:07PM EST

With each discovery of another dead woman found along the so-called Highway of Tears, Gladys Radek relives the pain of the loss of her 22-year-old niece, missing since 2005.

But this time, Ms. Radek’s pain is tinged with anger, over the RCMP’s statement that a woman’s body was found Oct. 8 in a wooded area of Prince George frequented by prostitutes.
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Aboriginal Women Face Systemic Patterns of Violence

Last Thursday the Aboriginal Law Association of McGill hosted the panel discussion, Stolen Sisters, addressing issues of violence and discrimination that Aboriginal women continue to face within Canadian society.
The discussion was a part of the event: “13 Days to Honour Aboriginal Women,” which aims to celebrate Aboriginal women, as well as raise awareness about missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
Official statistics estimate that since the 1980s, approximately 520 Aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing.

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VANCOUVER -" Vicki Hill was an infant in 1978 when her mother went missing along the Highway of Tears and was later found dead".



Hill spoke at a forum in Prince Rupert, B.C. – the first of seven launched in northwestern B.C. – where community members were given a chance to tell Commissioner Wally Oppal about B.C.’s many missing and murdered women, and how investigations should be initiated and conducted"
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Compilation of recent news stories about families' efforts:

www.highwayoftears.ca/NEWS-Starting Oct-2011.htm#Tensions_at_Missing_Womens_inquiry_boil_o ver_
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Filmmaker focuses on Highway of Tears

When filmmaker Matt Smiley first heard about the Highway of Tears, he knew it was a story that had to be told.

Now he's in Prince George with a camera crew and will be touring the 700 kilometre stretch of Highway 16, between here and Prince Rupert, examining the route where at least 18 young women have been murdered or have gone missing.

It all began when the name of Nicole Hoar - the treeplanter from Red Deer who was last seen June 21, 2002 at a gas station west of Prince George - came up in a conversation with Smiley and his sister and brother-in-law, who live in Prince George.

Smiley, who grew up in Montreal and lives in Los Angeles, had never heard of the Highway of Tears until then.

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Highway of Tears: Mystery of the 800-mile stretch of Canadian road where up to 43 women have gone missing in 30 years and could be victims of serial killer

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1yehgEp00

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ing-women.html
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Police confirm dead Oregon convict responsible for Highway of Tears slaying ...

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Suspected serial killer murdered B.C. teen: RCMP

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canadian police have linked a dead U.S. convict to the killing of a teenage girl nearly 40 years ago, one of 18 young women who were killed or vanished along three highways in British Columbia over several decades. Oregon authorities are also investigating the man for possible links to four murders in the U.S. state.

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Highway of Tears: Victim's family makes emotional plea for tips ...

If fear has kept you silent, Fowler can no longer hurt you in any way, so please come forward. For our family and other families that are going through the loss of a loved one there is still that uncertainty of not knowing; questions and emotions left hanging. If you can help in any way please do so for Gale and all the other women.

This is all we wish to say at this time, we ask if you have further questions please direct them to the police and respect our family's privacy.

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AT the end of this you will find an overweight man who lives with Mum. Has a small penis and is extremely unattractive. He feels that "women" just are not that into him when, in fact, he is repulsive, but has tried at 'relationshionships.' Fact is: he cannot maintain a penile erection unless compulsive. That IS his goal. It is all the womens' faults as he kills them. HE is not worthy of them, and knows it. So he kills as he has no means, or money to satisfy.

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Mounties get 250 tips in missing and murdered women cases in northern B.C.

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Highway of Tears is on 48 Hours Mystery on Saturday nite November 17 on CBS. Check your local listings.
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