CANADA Canada - Janice Ellisabeth Hackh, 16, Quesnel BC, 24 August 1979

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    Janice Hackh was just 16 years old when she disappeared from Quesnel, British Columbia in August, 1979. Neither she, nor her body has ever been found.
     
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    This is currently the only picture available for Janice Hackh. It is clearly a newspaper photo print.
     
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    Janice Hankh was reported missing on August 24, 1979 by her family. The last known person to see her (two days following the day she was reported missing); was a man by the name of Lloyd Victor Rach; who also had residence in Quesnel, British Columbia. It was almost six years later (April, 1985), when the police finally caught up with Lloyd and arrested him. Charges brought against him were: assault causing bodily harm, gross indecency and one count of dangerous driving. The charge of gross indecency was dismissed before trial (September 11, 1985).

    Newspaper: Quesnel Cariboo Observer dated September 11, 1985

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    Rach, appearing before the court; told the judge how he had met Janice at a motel where she was staying with her boyfriend, and that Janice had an argument with her boyfriend and appeared "distraught". Rach described how he made an effort to calm Janice by driving her to the Pinnacles Park and attempted to have sex with her.

    A "quarrel" ensued when he refused to take Janice to his home where his wife and children were staying.

    Rach told the court that Janice reacted violently by punching, scratching and kicking him in the ribs as he was driving down a steep road. Contrary to police transcripts of earlier conversation, Rach "maintained" that he did not push her out and that the door just opened up.

    Rach said that he drove a distance of about 5 kms but returned to the area where Janice had fallen. On his drive back up, Rach saw a car carrying three persons, one of whom he "assumed" was Janice.

    Since that evening, no one has ever reported seeing Janice again.

    Before handing down the verdict, the judge cautioned that he was not entirely "satisfied" that this was the full story.

    Lloyd Victor Rach, aged 28 of Calgary, was acquitted of assaulting Janice and was found guilty on one count of dangerous driving. An earlier charge of gross indecency was dismissed before trial. Sentencing for the one count of dangerous driving is scheduled for November 1, 1985.
     
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    The Sun newspaper dated September 12, 1985; interviewed Janice's father (Chris Hackh)

    The father of Port Coquitlam girl who disappeared six years ago says that he will not give up hope that she is alive until he has proof that she is dead.

    Quesnel RCMP Cpl. Ira Roberts said Hackh is presumed dead, but the file remains active. "Until we have 100-per-cent-proof by positive identification of human remains, the file is never closed".

    After learning of the court ruling against LLoyd Victor Rach (man accused of assaulting his daughter), Hackh praised the work of the police investigating the disappearance of his daughter, and was satisfied with the decision handed down by Judge Cunliffe Barnett at the end of the two-day provincial court trial in Quesnel.

    Hackh said the night Janice disappeared, was the first time she had missed her curfew. Janice's curfew was imposed after she was placed on "court-ordered" probation, after repeatedly running away from home.

    He said that his daughter had never been in trouble with the law but was doing poorly at school and going through a "rebellious stage".

    Said Hackh, who has four other children; "Every kid gets to a point where they want to rebel.

    "Who prepares you to be a parent? We've racked our brains over this. I don't think there's anything we could have done differently to raise her."
     
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    Janice Hankh was reported missing on August 24, 1979 by her family. The last known person to see her (two days following the day she was reported missing); was a man by the name of Lloyd Victor Rach; who also had residence in Quesnel, British Columbia. It was almost six years later (April, 1985), when the police finally caught up with Lloyd and arrested him. Charges brought against him were: assault causing bodily harm, gross indecency and one count of dangerous driving.

    In the provincial court trial hearing of September 11, 1985: the charge of gross indecency was dismissed before trial, the count of assault causing bodily harm; Rach was found innocent, and the remaining count of dangerous driving is scheduled for a hearing November 1, 1985.

    Newspaper: Quesnel Cariboo Observer dated November 6, 1985

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    A 28 year old Calgary man, Lloyd Victor Rach; was sentenced to 15 months in jail for dangerous driving in an incident related to the six year disappearance of a Port Coquitlam girl.

    The trial centered around transcripts of "clandestinely" recorded conversations between Rach and Quesnel RCMP. In the conversations, Rach admits pushing Janice Elizabeth (sic) Hackh out of a moving car over a steep embankment near Pinnacles Provincial Park. The incident occurred two days after she was reported missing from her Lower Mainland home on August 24, 1979. Hackh was 16 at the time.

    No trace of Hackh's body has ever been found despite extensive ground searches in the steep ravine where police believe she fell. Police presume Hackh is dead.
     
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    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    This is so confusing. Rach admitted to the RCMP that he actually pushed Janice out of a moving car, over a steep cliff? And he drove away. And he was given a slap on the wrist and her father says he was satisfied with the outcome of the case? Wha?
     
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    What a tragic case. :rose:
     
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    The whole story just doesn't add up.

    Rach did admit to the police that he pushed her out of the door, but during the two-day trial, he recanted that statement by saying the transcripts were clandestinely recorded conversations between himself and the R.C.M.P. Even with the transcripts in hand, the R.C.M.P did not have enough evidence to convict him on the one count of assault causing bodily harm, which in Canada, carries a term of imprisonment not exceeding ten years.

    Christian Hackh, (Janice's father) acknowledges that there was not enough evidence to convict Rach in relation to the disappearance of his daughter but admits that there were some problems with Janice repeatedly running away, that a court- ordered curfew was imposed on her. He also notes that Janice is not doing well in school. I think in everything he said, he just may have felt that she was still alive and until he was told differently, this would be his fundamental belief.
     
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    Rach describes an attempted sexual act at the Pinnacles Park, followed by a quarrel occurring in the car; due to Janice wanting to go home to his house, where he resides with his wife and children. He continues on to say that Janice kicked, punched and scratched him in the ribs, as he was driving down a steep road. The door on Janice's side opened and Janice having fallen out. Rach continues down the road for an additional 5 kilometers before turning around and heading back to where she had fallen into a steep embankment . As he was making his way, he notices a car approaching him in the on-coming lane, and in the car, there appears to be three people, one of which he assumed was Janice.

    There are some very key points in this and this is where I think the answer lies...what happened that night when Lloyd Rach met up with Janice Hackh.
     
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    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    But I don't get why he'd assume one person was Janice. He doesn't seem to give any reasons, just assumed it to be her?

    And the whole thing about her car door just happening to ope, right when he is over an embankment, and while she is punching and scratching him? Hmmmmmm....sounds fishy. jmo
     
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    I agree with everything you are saying and more. This whole scenario of her falling out of the car and his "assumed" thought of Janice travelling in the opposite direction in another vehicle is based on his sworn testimony.

    I am under the impression that by him taking her for a drive, then attempting to have sex with her, would seem more likely the reason why an argument took place. She was possibly rejecting him, and her only defense (again, I am just trying to use common sense) was to kick , scratch and punch him, to keep him away. I think it is very important to gather a map of the area, along with a timeline. I am wondering if the same route from the motel, to where he said she fell out, is in the same path he took going to and from the park.

    I suppose there could be a possibility that Janice may have opened the door to try and escape his intention, and may have also hitchhiked back to the motel, but she was never seen again.

    If we go by the sworn testimony of Llloyd Rach, then you are right, the whole thing does seem fishy to me as well.
     
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    Pinnacles Provincial Park

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    Without traffic, the map determines that it would take approximately 14 minutes to travel from Quesnel to Pinnacles Provincial Park. Distance is approximately 10 kms (6 miles).
     
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    Pinnacles Provincial Park Terrain

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    There are many winding turns and an abundance of trees. Terrain appears very rough and jagged. From the visitor map, there is no boating, fishing, swimming or camping allowed. Much of the road is hidden by trees. There would no problem in losing a person in here.
     
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    They said there were search teams sent there after he told LE his story. But her remains were not found at the place he pointed out. :waitasec:
     
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    Her remains have never been found.

    He also told the police his side of the story almost six years after their encounter.

    There was a mass area of trees and she could have fallen out anywhere along the roadway. I did have a chance to look at the map to see how the roads were there. There is the main highway and some off-roads (service roads), but some of those roads were cautioned against travel.
     

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