A former Kamloops detective got excited about a possible break in the murder of Colleen Rae MacMillen, 16, when a U.S. man confessed to killing her.
MacMillen’s body had been found on a logging road about 25 kilometres south of 100 Mile House about a month after the she went missing in 1974.
But the man changed the details of how the murder was carried out, and police later concluded it was a bogus confession, said Ken Leibel.
The suspect, Edwin Henry Foster, 19, made the confession while serving an eight-year sentence for a gas station robbery. He hanged himself in a Washington state prison in 1976.
The prospect of resolution fizzled into yet another frustrating dead end in the unsolved murder of Colleen MacMillen.