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Listing Of Unsolved Murders & Missing People In Canada => By Decade - Murders & Missing People Listed By Decade & Location => Topic started by: Desespere on June 07, 2007, 09:53:40 PM

Title: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Desespere on June 07, 2007, 09:53:40 PM
I have only a few in this time frame so thought I would include them together. They also have location and some other elements in common to look at the possibility of a serial killer or two during that time frame as well throughout Ontario. If the killers of the women, young men and children during this time frame are still alive he or they would be relatively old to old in age now - 55-75 - perhaps a little older.

I will continue to update this first post as it's easier to put it together... so look for updates in this post as well as recent replies. Please keep in mind the information I include here is available on the internet and primary sources are judicial and law enforcement web sites. I include all this information because details help people see patterns and I believe and have heard others in these forums talk of how the lack of details available to the public hinders progress to finding people or thier killers if that is the outcome. These details also show the various modes in which these killers operate and some of these details echo throughout the decades. Whether related or not, the repetitive nature of these crimes throughout the past fifty years is evident in the details. I don't know what that repetition means, but it is there, in the details. My heart is with these people and their families and I mean no disrespect for anyone. If anyone has any difficulty with the details presented in this public area, please let me know and I will move all research to the members area. Thank you.

UPDATE - After doing some reading I have edited and added to this list. Additions are in red. - Updated Jan 13/08

Judy Carter - February 27, 1955 - Age 8 - Murdered - Toronto, ON  - Judy was last seen alive going home from school. There was a massive search for Judy but she wasn't found until April 9, 1955, when the weather warmed and the snow melted. She was found face down in the mud on the banks of the Rouge River but it is thought her body had been thrown off a bridge and had been transported in the swelling waters and was left there when the waters receeded. Her shoes were found weeks earlier placed neatly side by side on a different bridge down the road. A farmer found them there but did not report them until Judy's body was found. Judy had been strangled but there was an apparent sign of sexual assault attempt.

Susan Cadieux - January 6, 1956 - Age 5 - Murdered - London, ON - Susan was playing with friends on a Friday evening in London, ON when a man who appeared to be going to visit St. Mary?s church at about 8:10p.m. stopped to talk to her. After a few moments Susan and the man were gone but they were not seen leaving together. Her brothers provided a detailed description and a composite sketch was made. After a huge search involving thousands of Londoners, her body was found the next morning in a construction supply yard at about 10:15am. This is near the CP Rail tracks near William Street. She had been sexually assaulted and died from hypothermia/exposure to the -25 degree temperatures after being left alone after the assault.

Lois McLaughlin - July 9, 1957 - Age 22 - Murdered - Chesterville, ON  - Lois' husband came home with the children after a day away from this remote farm and found his wife on the ground in front of their home. She had been brutally murdered with items found in a shed on the farm, a scythe, a hammer etc. This farm is so remote that the police figure the killer got in on foot because there is only one road leading in and out and no one saw a vehicle coming up the road all day. Chesterville is about 20km east of Cornwall. There is possibly a Naval history in Cornwall during this year but it is known that the Coast Guard had a radar training facility there until it was moved to Cornwallis, NS - across the water.

A poster named Mike Kragg said there may have been a murder in 1957 in Dartmouth, NS but I have not been able to find anything in the unsolved category.

Patricia Lupton - March 9, 1959 - Age 12 - Murdered - Toronto, ON - Patricia and three friends posted a babysitting ad at a supermarket. The killer called Patricia to meet her somewhere on the pretense of babysitting and within 1-1/2 hours her body was found in a snow bank. She had been strangled with her own scarf. An assault was attempted.

Lynne Harper - June 9, 1959 - Age 12 - Murdered - Clinton, ON - Lynne was abducted from the road and sexually assaulted in a wooded grove. She had been strangled with her own blouse. Steven Truscotte was recently acquitted of this murder so her murder is now unsolved. Alexander Kalichuk was an air-force member in Aylmer, ON at the time of Lynne's murder but he worked with Lynne's father in Clinton in the few years prior to her murder and often visited Clinton from Aylmer (which is southeast of London, ON). It is unknown if Kalichuk, who died in 1975, was ever suspected in her murder.

Alexandra Wiwcharuk - May 18, 1962 - Age 23 - Murdered - Saskatoon, SK - Alexandra was a nurse out walking along the river at about 9:00pm on this Friday of a long weekend. Her body was recovered two weeks later six blocks from her home in a shallow grave under a CP Rail bridge. She had been beaten with a rock and buried alive.

Julian Wolanski - August 12, 1962 - Age 16 - Murdered - Toronto, ON - Julian met a man posing as a teacher at the Yonge-Eglinton subway station about the end of July in 1962. Her partially nude body was found in a ditch at Albion and Finch and she had been beaten, assaulted, torchured and shot.

Frances Mary Phillips - July 31, 1963 - Age 76 - Murdered - Toronto, ON - Frances was a nurse on her way to work when someone robbed her and brutally beat her to death. Frances was found in an Albert St lane behind Toronto City Hall.

Dianne Carrier - September 27, 1963 - Age 6 - Missing - Quebec City, QC - Dianne was last seen on du Porche Street going to the park to get brother.

Margaret Sheeler ? December 1963 - Age 20 - Murdered - London, ON - Margaret left her London home in December 1963. Her partially clothed body was found nearly a month later in a field beside Kipps Lane. Killed by head injuries, she showed signs of being sexually assaulted.

Marie Norma Mike - February 22, 1964 - Age 22 - Missing - Rosthern, SK - Marie was last seen on Beardy's/Okemasis First Nation reserve. This is an hour North of Saskatoon.

Victoria Mayo ? August 6, 1964 - Age 32 ? Murdered - London, ON - Victoria was found dead of multiple stab wounds on in her basement apartment on London?s Sydenham Street. Entry to the apartment had been forced. Police exhumed the body of a man who died in 1996 and matched his DNA. This case is deemed SOLVED.

Geraldine Pickford -  September 19, 1965 ? Age 41 ? Murdered - Aurora, ON - Geraldine?s body was found in the Tannery Creek, which runs through the grounds of St. Andrews College, Town of Aurora. Geraldine Pickford, 41 years of age at the time of her death was employed in the Kitchen and Dining Room areas of the College, and had been employed at St. Andrews College since April of 1965. Investigation revealed that Geraldine Pickford was last seen alive on Saturday September 18, 1965 at approximately 9:15 pm, when she left the women's quarters of St. Andrews College. An autopsy determined that Geraldine Pickford died as a result of asphyxiation.

Rose Baillargeon - December 1966 - Age ?? - Murdered - Ottawa, ON - Rose was sexually assaulted and strangled in her basement apartment of 249 Frank Street.

Richard Hovey - Spring 1967 - Age 17 - Murdered - Toronto, ON - Richard, a guitar player from New Brunswick, was abducted likely from somewhere in Toronto's night life. He was found nude with his arms bound behind his back in a farmer's field west side of Sideroad 17, approximately 2 kms (1.3 miles) north of Highway 9 near Schomberg. His remains were found in May 1968 and was unidentied for 38 years or so. He played guitar in cafes etc.

Unknown Male - Spring 1967 - Age 15-22 - Murdered - Coboconk, ON - This young man was likely missing the same time Richard Hovey went missing. His nude and still unidentified body was found in December 1967 in a wooded area of Balsam Lake Provincial Park, south of Highway 48. I am assuming he comes from similar circumstances to Richard Hovey because he's unidentified for so long.

Jacqueline Dunleavy ? January 1968 ? Age 16 ? Murdered - London, ON - Jacqueline, of Byron, was a Grade 10 student at Westminster secondary school when she was killed in January. She was strangled with either her scarf or a belt and struck on the head. Her partially clothed body was found in the driveway of what was then Katherine Harley school, near the London Hunt and Country Club. There is evidence she was sexually assaulted.

Frankie Jensen ? February 9, 1968 - Age 9 ? Murdered - Thorndale, ON - Frankie disappeared on his way to Westdale public school in London. His body was found two months later in the Thames River near Thorndale. He had a fractured skull and was partially clothed. It is unclear if he was sexually assaulted. (From London, found Thorndale)

Scott Leishman ? February 15, 1968 - Age 16 ? Murdered - London, ON - Scott, of RR 1, Thorndale, was missing for three months before his body was found in Port Burwell harbor on May 15. There were no signs of violence but some of his clothing was disturbed. It is unclear if he was sexually assaulted. (From Thorndale, found London)

Helga Beer ? August 6, 1968 - Age 31 ? Murdered - London, ON - Helga was found in the rear seat of her car in a parking lot off Carling Street near Dundas Street. She had been beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted. She was last seen alive leaving a friend?s downtown apartment Aug. 6 with an unknown man.

Lynda White ? November 13, 1968 ? Age 19 ? Murdered - London, ON - Lynda was a student at the University of Western Ontario and disappeared after writing a French exam on Nov. 13 in London. Her remains were found five years later in a shallow grave near St. Williams in Norfolk County. No clothing was found and police were unable to determine the cause of death.

Gloria Moody - 1969 - Missing - William's Lake, BC - Gloria was added to Highway of Tears list

1969 -- Jane Wooley, 62, of London, was found partially clothed Feb. 3 in her apartment on York Street three days after she was killed. She had been brutally beaten. She was last seen leaving the London House on Dundas Street where she was a $40-a-week hotel chambermaid. There was no evidence of sexual assault.

1969 -- Patricia Anne Bovin, 22, of London, was found stabbed and strangled April 24 on the second floor of the King Street apartment where she lived with her two young sons.

1969 -- Robert Bruce Stapylton, 11, of London, disappeared from his Piccadilly Street home June 7. His body was found in a woodlot in London Township, six kilometres from his home. Police could not determine the cause of death and there was no evidence of sexual assault.

1969 -- Jacqueline English, 15, of London, was last seen getting into a car Oct. 4 at the cafeteria of a store in the former Treasure Island shopping plaza on Wellington Road, near the London Ice House. Her nude body was found five days later in Big Otter Creek near Tillsonburg. She had been sexually assaulted and killed by a blow to the head.

Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Chris on November 18, 2007, 11:23:21 PM
Des, by chance have you ever read up old newspaper articles about these? I'm thinking of getting a one month TO Star achive account for a month, would that be useful?
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Mamaraine on November 19, 2007, 07:10:39 AM
Not answering for Chris, by any means, but I think, in all actuality, the expense is worth it, if perhaps, someone could shed new light on an old case, perhaps take a different vantage point...perhaps someone's loved one may get some closure... you never know what kind of brainpower is put into the cases even marked on this site...however, online news articles may/can be difficult to acquire...I personally know of cases where I KNOW, for a fact, that they've received much reporting, and yet, locating the news/media coverage of said cases are almost impossible to find online...ie the Helene Boivin case here in the Okanagan.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Chris on November 19, 2007, 04:47:22 PM
OK, I think I will do that in another week. I so busy right now I would not even get to start. I'd be interested in reading up on some of these.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Chris on January 14, 2008, 07:01:17 AM
Very good. So sad to read these.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Baba Donya on August 08, 2008, 02:03:49 PM
In the early 80's a newspaper article in the Edmonton Journal written by Darcy Henton. Entitled "20 Years of Unsolved Death".

"It is almost like a state of war. Women are under seige. We're unsafe in the street, in our homes --- we're even unsafe in our marriages. People have got to get together an dput a stop to this and stop blaming the victims." (Jane Karstaedt, Edmonton Sexual Assault Centre - Executive Director)

As the article continues it subtitle is "Over 120 killings still on books", and that is in the 1980's.

Then it lists the names....which should be added...
of course Alexandra Wiwcharuk, 1962, but also...

1962 - Lottie Preszlack, Edmonton
1964 - Mary Passage, Winnipeg
1964 - Judith Francis Howey, Squamish (12)
1967 - Nancy Joan Johnsen, Surrey (7)
 
there is another 115 names...
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Baba Donya on August 10, 2008, 01:46:35 AM
Des, I will try to find out when exactly this article came out...

But I will try!  :)
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Chris on August 11, 2008, 11:26:45 PM
Quote
"It is almost like a state of war. Women are under seige. We're unsafe in the street, in our homes --- we're even unsafe in our marriages. People have got to get together an dput a stop to this and stop blaming the victims." (Jane Karstaedt, Edmonton Sexual Assault Centre - Executive Director)

Well, I think this statement is a little misleading. Truth is, Canada has almost 600 murders a year and about 20% are female or 120. But it is true, most of those victims will at the hands of men and will almost always be someone they know.

But the statement should read. People are under seige. Because it is no safer for me either.

The persons most likely to meet a grim death and have it unsolved are stw's, homeless and drug users. So it is much much worse for those folks then us who have homes, stable lives and or do not have to face creeps and perverts day in day out.

Overall, I think in Canada we have a level of safety unlike just about any other country. 600 is a high number, but it was 600 30 years ago with almost 1/3 less people too.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 10, 2009, 06:54:00 PM
Is anyone chipping away at these clusters of 5? I could start to do some. I'll go with the first 5 posted unless someone else is already doing them. Please let me know if you are so we are not doing extra research.
Nov 6, 1967 - Nancy Joan Johnsen, age 7 - Surrey, BC
Sep 15, 1968 - Jessie Kolibaba, age 74 - New Westminster, BC
Nov 20, 1969 - Evangeline Azarcon, age 7 - Surrey, BC
Jan 2, 1970 - Geraldine Settee, Age 11 - Winnipeg, MB
Jun 27, 1970 - Kathleen Parsons - Vancouver, BC

Thanks, Ohna
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 10, 2009, 09:33:59 PM
Evangeline Azarcon
http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/ubyssey/UBYSSEY_1969_11_28.pdf

Found this from the University newspaper

"Thanks
Dear Fellow Students:
On behalf of the few Filipin o students at UBC, the parents of Evangeline Azarcon and th e Consul General of the Philipin e
Consulate, allow me to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude for your commendable service of joining the search for Evangeline
around the University Endowment lands on Nov . 26 .Our special thanks to the officers of the AMS, the engineering and foresty student s
who led the groups, the hundreds of young ladies and men who braved the early morning chilly weather, the thick and thorny forest and stiff cliffs for the purpose. We regret the accidental injuries suffered by Ed Betterton and Dave Craik and wish and pray for their early recovery .
The Filipino community of Vancouver is still hoping for the safe return of Evangeline . In the process, we are touched by the spontaneous response and concern of the people of Vancouver. And because of this, we feel consoled and unalienated in this great
country of golden-hearted people .
JAIME GELLOR"
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: D1 on October 13, 2009, 12:22:40 PM
Most everyone posts new information as it is found. So if no new posts, likely no one has found anything yet so go ahead and see what you can find.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 14, 2009, 03:57:59 PM
A bit more info on Nancy Johnsen

Nov 6, 1967 - Nancy Joan Johnsen, age 7 - Surrey, BC Believe UNSOLVED
Her death was registered as Nov 6, 1967
"From the Brandon Sun 8 November 1967

Police Seek Murder Clue
NEW WESTMINSTER (CP) – RCMP said Tuesday Nancy Johnsen, 7, died of strangulation

after going missing from her home Monday afternoon in the municipality of Surry, south of
here. There was no confirmation ?? suspicion the girl was raped.
 “We have no suspects – no leads,” said RCMP inspector W. R. Morrison in charge of the investigation.
“We want anybody who might have been in the are who might have seen anything odd, or anybody who might think they know anything, to contact us.” Police found the body in marshy land on the family property Tuesday.
Tracking dogs and at least 30 volunteers searched for the little girl.
Mrs. Irvin Johnsen, Nancy’s mother, said the girl went out to get a newspaper a few yards from
the door about 5:30 pm Monday and did not return."


Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 14, 2009, 04:09:46 PM
Evangeline Azarcon - I was able to find some more dates on this:
The date given here was 20 Nov 1969 which I assume is the date she went missing. Her death from the Ancestry web site was registered as 20 Jan 1970 which may have been when they found her. I couldn't find anything else except it does appear that her family moved to California at some point after this.

As far as I can determine this was UNSOLVED. The part that gets me about this little one and Nancy Johnsen is that they both disappeared from Surrey in November two years apart. Has anyone else ever wondered about a connection between these two girls?

Wish I could find more. I did write the Surrey RCMP to see if these cases were ever solved but have received no reply.

UPDATE: Evangeline Azarcon was not abducted in Surrey. She was taken off teh streets in Vancouver, in late-1969, and her body was located in the Post Kells area in Jan. 1970
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 14, 2009, 04:15:54 PM
Jessie Kolibaba - couldn't find anything more on this except her death was registered as 15 Sept 1968 - UNSOLVED??

Kathleen Parsons - 27 June 1970 - I could not find anything on this one. Her death does not appear to have been registered so it appears she is still missing - UNSOLVED???
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 15, 2009, 10:00:31 PM
Nancy Johnsen and Evangeline Azarcon

The Surrey Archives were very helpful and they sent me a news clipping about each of these little girls. Once I figure out how to post/upload them, I will.
The part that bothers me is that, unless my internet mapping skills are out to lunch, Nancy and Evangeline's bodies were found in the same area, about 8km apart. Nancy went missing and was found in November 1967 and Evangeline went missing in Nov 1969 and was found  in  January 1970.
As soon as I can I'll post the info from the clippings.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Chris on October 16, 2009, 01:50:15 PM
Those are very similar. Interesting that these cases are not solved, yet there is no effort by the police to get the word out to solve them. I wonder why that is?
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 16, 2009, 02:57:18 PM
That is what I have wondered. These cases just seem to have been forgotten/gone by the wayside. It took a bit to find anything on them...I got the first articel on Nancy Johnsen from ancestry.ca and the other two only because someone at the Surrey Archives was very helpful and did the research.
If they are made into threads can they be cross-referred to each other?
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: kristimaree on October 21, 2009, 10:34:50 AM
Hi!  I have a great big spreadsheet where I've been assembling information regarding missing and murdered women across Canada.  After pouring through Des's post last night,  I found a TINY bit of information about Judy Maria Dick (murdered 1/19/75 in Richmond BC).  According to my list,  an Ontario man was charged with her murder 27 years after her death.  This is all I have.  No name of the murderer,  no information about his sentence.  I hope this helps!
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 21, 2009, 12:16:52 PM
Hi - I was able to find her registration of death. It lists her name as Judy Mariea Dick...slight variation on the middle name spelling. She was 14 when she was murdered.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 21, 2009, 12:21:27 PM
More info from the "Review" November 2002
I found a couple of other links that I will check out....

Convicted rapist refused treatment
Martin van den Hemel, Staff Reporter

The Richmond RCMP are actively sharing information with other police agencies about a Kitchener man who was arrested this week in connection with a 1975 double murder in Richmond.

RCMP Cpl. Peter Thiessen said that Robert Burleigh Bonisteel, 54, is being looked at regarding other unsolved murder cases. Police are sharing what they know with other agencies, including details of Bonisteel's movements over the years. He was released from Saskatchewan Penitentiary in July 1995 and has spent the last five years in the Kitchener, Ont. area.

Bonisteel has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of Vancouver's Elisabeth Zeschner and Judy Mariea Dick, both 14.

Their bodies were found on Feb. 6, 1975 under a blanket of snow near the base of a hydro tower on the 21000 block of Westminster Highway in east Richmond.

Although Bonisteel spent 20 years in jail for two rapes he confessed to in Saskatchewan and Man-itoba in 1975, he never received treatment for his sexual deviancy, according to the Toronto Sun.

National Parole Board documents show that Bonisteel was ordered kept in prison for his full sentence after a parole board panel ruled he was "likely to kill or cause serious harm to someone if released," the Toronto Sun reported.

"He refuses to meet with (prison) case management, and has not participated in any treatment or programming that addresses his sexual deviancy or other criminogenic factors," the parole board stated.

"Given the above, the board concludes that Bonisteel is likely to commit an offence causing death or serious harm to another person prior to (the end of his sentence)."

Placing Bonisteel in a halfway house was not an option, the board said, because the risk was too high.
 
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 21, 2009, 12:34:39 PM
Apparently Bonisteel appealed his conviction and lost. On the web page where I found this info, I also found an article by the host of the web page that claims Bonisteel didn' know the details of the crime...Kind of scary if it is true

http://cancrime.com/2009/02/mr-big-still-inflicts-sharp-sting.html
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: kristimaree on October 21, 2009, 07:41:26 PM
Wow,  Fraser!  What an awesome job!  Your research actually found the man charged with the murder of TWO little girls.  These are two solved cases.  Wonderful!  Thank you!
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 21, 2009, 08:14:45 PM
Thanks, but I wouldn't have even heard of these cases if you hadn't posted your note.
Good for you!
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Chris on October 22, 2009, 04:56:39 PM
I saw on court TV they did a show on crime files or something about that bust. The man who found one or both bodies was the suspect for years. Glad this is solved and I hope like that are coming
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 29, 2009, 06:38:39 PM
Okay - I've been doing a little more digging and here is a bit more on the next group. I will keep trying to see what I can find while starting on some others. It does not look like any of these were solved.

1. Lillian Johanna Olafson 19 Jul 1970 Vancouver, couldn't find anything on the incident or its resolution. However, I did find that her death was registered as 19 July 1970 and she was 42 at the time

2. Catherine Barabara Laraway Vancouver, again, nothing except her registration of death, 23 Jun 1971, she was only 16.

3. Louise Wise, "Theresa Louise Wise", Vancouver - nothing except her registration of death, 13 Jul 1971, only 17 years old...I want to to try find out more about these last two girls, they were gone only 3 weeks apart from each other and close in age...makes me wonder

UPDATE on Mary Ann Plett and Louise Stoll
The Alberta archives got back to me very quickly and this is the info they provided.Please note I couldn't access the additional articles they list:

answered by the Edmonton PublicLibrary in Edmonton, Alberta. We found several articles that may help with your searchfor information about these women.

"Mary Ann Plett was an Edmonton real estate saleswomanwho went missing in the Looma area 30 k southeast ofEdmonton on Sept 15, 1971 after meeting with a prospectiveclient named "James Cooper." Police were apparently neverable to locate such a person. The most recent article that we found is from 1989, and at that time the case was stillopen and unsolved. We found this information in the following article: Acreage sale led agent to her death; Trip with clientturned; [Final Edition]GREG OWENS. Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alta.: Jun 24,1989. pg. B.2 "

5. "Louise Stoll was found murdered in Edmonton on Sept. 21,1971, apparently strangled and beaten to death.The perpetrator was located 18 years later when hisfingerprint obtained in another case was found to match afingerprint on a key piece of evidence in the Stoll case.The man, Garnet Joseph Berard, plead guilty to manslaughterand was sentenced to three years in jail on June 8, 1990.
We found this information in the following article: Long-forgotten killer finally tripped up by fingerprintcheck; [FINAL Edition]Stories by DAVID STAPLES, GREG OWENS, Journal StaffWriters. Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alta.: Dec 16, 1995.pg. H.24. "

  - Solved  





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Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 29, 2009, 07:44:16 PM
Edith Mae Smallpiece - Chris had previously posted  way more info than  I could find in this link:

http://winnipeg.ca/police/Unsolved_Cases/Homicides/1973_smallpiece.stm

Miss Smallpiece has her own thread in this forum
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 29, 2009, 07:51:49 PM
More info:

1. Betty Shepherd 3 Mar 1972 Vancouver - death not registered and I couldn't find any info

2. Christa Pederson age 54 - her death was registered as 13 Oct 1972, no other info

3. Helen Hopcraft, age 17, Squamish BC, - the date in Desespre's database is 12 April 1973. I found Helen's obituary and death registration:
Death Registration - 13 May 1973, Furry Creek, BC
Obituary - Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1973, indicated she was from Vancouver, BC - she was buried in P.A. Memorial Gardens

4. Mary Bowen, Vancouver, BC - could only find her death registration, age 28, 4 June 1973

I'll let you know if I find more.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 30, 2009, 06:12:31 AM
You are very welcome Desespere. Don't worry about trying to track it all/read it all...as you said "there are just so many aren't there?".
It is overwhelming but at least this is something I can try to chip away at. I think that the date difference is probably the time between when she disappeared and was found. There is also a big lag between when she was found and buried, probably something to do with investigation etc.
Does is look like the original writer might do an update?
Thanks for all your work...wish I could find more info.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 30, 2009, 05:39:18 PM
Not sure if the forum lets people know about amendments to posts or not...so, just in case, I'll let you know that I added more info on Mary Ann Plett and Louise Stoll to my post above. Louise's murder was solved.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 30, 2009, 05:51:59 PM
Next group - not much I'm afraid...I'll keep at it.

1. Albina Lequica, 86, North Vancouver, 16 Dec 1973 - couldn't find anything, not even registration of death

2. Kim Cuff, Oct 17, 1974 - Found Margarite Ann Cuff - death registered as 16 Oct 1974, age 31 I suspect that this is the same young lady and that maybe "Kim" was a nickname. Couldn't find anything else yet.

3. Barbara Ann Laroque, age 21, Langley BC,  10 Dec 1974 - her death is registered as 13 Dec 1974 - perhaps she went missing on the 10th and was found on the 13th...nothing more

4. Judy Dick and Elizabeth Zeschner - these were in an earlier post. Solved, Bonisteel convicted of both
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on October 30, 2009, 08:39:45 PM
Carolyn Yuen Lee - Solved 21 years later
from web site: http://www.nvr.org/research_content.php?pro=research&sec=film&subsec=4

"Forensics
The Gene Squad
Directed and Written by Jerry Thompson
Produced by Terence McKeown and Bette Thompson
Canadian Broadcasting Company, 1999
Distributed by Filmmakers Library Inc.
43 minutes

In the spring of 1977, 12-year-old Carolyn Lee disappeared on a short walk from dance class to her parents' diner in Port Alberni, British Columbia. Though her body was found the next day and a suspect identified within a few weeks, the case took 21 years to come to trial. In those two decades, no new evidence was discovered but there was new technology - DNA profile matching.

The Gene Squad traces the development of forensic DNA sampling and profiling starting with its first use in Birmingham, England in 1986. In this case, an innocent man confessed and would have been charged but for dramatic, though rather rudimentary DNA analysis and a mass screening known as "The Blooding," in which all men in the area gave blood and saliva samples. With the samples and old-fashioned police work, a serial killer was caught.

Eleven years later Royal Mounted Police detective Dan Smith read a magazine article about DNA as he sat in his dentist's waiting room. By then the Ottawa National Police Laboratory had begun DNA testing. Smith sent old vaginal swabs and soil samples from the Carolyn Lee case, along with blood from the suspect to the lab. But the crime samples had begun to decay and the analysis was inconclusive. Four years later more sophisticated profiling and electron microscope scanning produced a match. But would DNA evidence be admitted in a trial? Had the suspect been fully aware of what was at risk when he gave a blood sample? Was the "blooding" voluntary and informed? Detectives waited. In 1990 Canadian Parliament passed a law allowing police to serve warrants for DNA samples. Again they tested the subject, this time with legal backing, and this time went to trial. Carolyn Lee's murderer, who thought he would never be charged with the crime, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. It took 21 years, but, as one detective noted "the new science did it all."
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on March 24, 2010, 07:38:08 PM
Okay, I am going to try to get back on some of these. I'll let you know what I come up with. I have been busy moving etc. Ironically, I moved to Orillia and the first weekend I was up here I was visiting friends and they brought up the Leah Sousa case...they live only a couple of km from where she lived.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on March 24, 2010, 08:02:53 PM
Started working on them again but realized I need the notebook I was keeping at home as I feel like I may have already done a couple of the ones I am now working on. One thing that is confuddling me (absolutely NO criticism intended here), is that some of the ones from the 70's are listed in the 1960-69 category. I look at the 70's category and even without these ones it is massive. So, I am going to keep on these ones...should I perhaps give them a new thread or something?
Thanks
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on April 11, 2010, 06:18:24 PM
Furry Creek, BC Okay, I am going to post some more of my findings, unfortunately, not much to find. I will post the info over a few posts. This first lot is not in the date sequence as originally listed. I may have found a common thread in these ones. Although they are listed as Squamish/Vancouver cases, when I looked at the death registration information on Ancestry.ca I found all of their locations of death were within 18km of a place called Furry Creek, BC. I have included one that was listed as Squamish as it seems to be in the same area. I am not sure if these young ladies actually died/were found near Furry Creek or if they were perhaps, from there, and therefore, their deaths were listed for that location. I have to break this one into two posts as the computer is fussing

1. 12 April 73 Helen Hopcroft, age 17, Vancouver
        Her death was registered as 13 May 73, Furry Creek, BC
        There was an obituary for her in the Winnipeg Free Press 7 June 73

2. 17 Feb 75 Gayle Rogers, Vancouver, BC
        If it is the same young lady, found "Gail Sandra Rogers" Date of registered death, 7 Mar 75, she was born in 1949 so she was 26,
        her death is registered as "Squamish, BC"

3.
       


Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: feenix on May 03, 2010, 01:24:52 PM
katherine Pozzobon murder is solved
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on May 04, 2010, 02:16:33 PM
It looks like it is Pozzobon, see Feenix posting. And, with that spelling, Catherine Emma Pozzobon, death registered Oct 15, 1978, Maple Ridge BC.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: gumshoe on May 24, 2010, 02:13:02 PM
Could anyone tell me the total number of homicides committed in Toronto during 1969?
Thank you.
-- Shamus.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Chris on May 26, 2010, 01:32:48 PM
sorry, no idea. Contact the police service for that.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: gunit on August 04, 2011, 08:42:30 AM
Good day everyone,

This is my first post on here, after spending countless hours pouring over the information on this web site.

I noticed that there has been extensive discussion regarding the link of Rail Road tracks to a number of homicides.  Here is my input:

1.  People, despite their differences and uniqueness have common traits, thoughts and actions.  Of these commonalities, most people have the desire to not be disturbed doing something they enjoy, don't want to get caught doing something wrong, or something they know that other people will adamantly object to, and finally are generally lazy (not necessarily in a bad way). 

2.  So, when it comes to the rail road connection, we must look at these connections objectively.  Undoubtedly, when it comes to the old investigation adage that 'There is no such thing as coincidence' there is much truth to this, however, we must not loose sight of objectivity. 

3.  That being said, perhaps there is a possibility that the reason for the use of rail roads is very simple.  Rail roads often provide quick and easy access to remote or concealed areas, such as forests where one may secret away a crime or evidence thereof (ie a murder victim).  Someone touch briefly on this view, by attributing the possibility of loud noise to conceal the crime itself.

4.  I think the thing is to view everything known as a chain, and factors of the crime as links in the chain.  For instance, how the crime was committed, victim characteristics and location.  Location on it's own should be viewed as a link in a large chain as opposed to a large link in a small chain.

Great observations though, I think this website and it's membership are doing great work and I don't want my opinion to seem that I am trying to detract from that, simply trying to play a devil's advocate of sorts to develop a wider spectrum of view.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Mom on August 04, 2011, 09:09:31 AM

The connection to the railway tracks could also be the possibility that the perpetrator is a hobo.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: jellybean on August 12, 2011, 06:54:50 PM

The connection to the railway tracks could also be the possibility that the perpetrator is a hobo.

Hobos? YES! Also,during that time period there was such a thing as passenger trains. (now they are far and few inbetween). So let us not discount railway workers. Or for that matter a passenger with the desire to kill, and would stay in town a few days and hop the train for the next stop, or wherever he chose to kill again.
A serial killer on the CN or CP passenger list. Food for thought.

JB
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: jellybean on August 12, 2011, 07:46:31 PM
Gunit; Welcome to this site. We welcome a broader spectrum in views. Hope you can contribute some of your thoughts and theories on our various threads.
I will look forward to  reading them.

JB
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Whistle on August 17, 2011, 10:02:51 PM
 This caught my eye.

Quote
Lois McLaughlin - July 9, 1957 - Age 22 - Murdered - Chesterville, ON - Lois' husband came home with the children after a day away from this remote farm and found his wife on the ground in front of their home. She had been brutally murdered with items found in a shed on the farm, a scythe, a hammer etc. This farm is so remote that the police figure the killer got in on foot because there is only one road leading in and out and no one saw a vehicle coming up the road all day. Chesterville is about 20km east of Cornwall. There is possibly a Naval history in Cornwall during this year but it is known that the Coast Guard had a radar training facility there until it was moved to Cornwallis, NS - across the water..................

.............Lynne Harper - June 9, 1959 - Age 12 - Murdered - Clinton, ON - Lynne was abducted from the road and sexually assaulted in a wooded grove. She had been strangled with her own blouse. Steven Truscotte was recently acquitted of this murder so her murder is now unsolved. Alexander Kalichuk was an air-force member in Aylmer, ON at the time of Lynne's murder but he worked with Lynne's father in Clinton in the few years prior to her murder and often visited Clinton from Aylmer (which is southeast of London, ON). It is unknown if Kalichuk, who died in 1975, was ever suspected in her murder.


 I believe that RCAF Clinton was also a radar training facility. Would there have been any common personel who may have worked at both  Cornwall and Clinton?

W.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: mason82 on January 03, 2013, 10:56:08 PM

I went to school with Nancy Johnsen at William Watson and lived not to far from her. We were friends her and her sister Marry. This death has disturbed me for many years and the lack of information. My family was part of the search party, and I remember it very well.
________________________________________________________________________________________

A bit more info on Nancy Johnsen

Nov 6, 1967 - Nancy Joan Johnsen, age 7 - Surrey, BC Believe UNSOLVED
Her death was registered as Nov 6, 1967
"From the Brandon Sun 8 November 1967

Police Seek Murder Clue
NEW WESTMINSTER (CP) – RCMP said Tuesday Nancy Johnsen, 7, died of strangulation

after going missing from her home Monday afternoon in the municipality of Surry, south of
here. There was no confirmation ?? suspicion the girl was raped.
 “We have no suspects – no leads,” said RCMP inspector W. R. Morrison in charge of the investigation.
“We want anybody who might have been in the are who might have seen anything odd, or anybody who might think they know anything, to contact us.” Police found the body in marshy land on the family property Tuesday.
Tracking dogs and at least 30 volunteers searched for the little girl.
Mrs. Irvin Johnsen, Nancy’s mother, said the girl went out to get a newspaper a few yards from
the door about 5:30 pm Monday and did not return."
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: goNgo on January 09, 2013, 05:44:16 PM
Welcome Mason.

That must have been very unsettling to have your acquaintance disappear like that!  Was there any sense in the community of what might have happened at the time?

Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 23, 2013, 06:17:20 PM
finally..i found something on Evangeline...wow...Evangeline..i have never forgotten you..i remember the day after she went missing..we stood on the same corner to cross the street to go home.20th and ash street, at the end of the school day...Edith Cavell Elementary.going to school in the morning, i remember her dad standing at the corner with her picture, asking all of us if we had seen her. i remember being really confused. not understanding.I do remember that it really scared me, as i had been told, i believe by the school, that someone had stopped their car at the cross walk and told her that her dad had sent him to pick her up, and she got in...i was 7 at the time, and this was all very new, due to age etc. and really at that time, it wasnt that common.I do know as well, that it stuck in my head eternally that, if he had told me that, i would have gotten in the car as well.  that is so scary. There wasnt too much talk about it, as i recall. at the time, i dont think they talked to kids much about such things...As well, what i do remember, was that on more than one occasion, we were told by the school or our teacher, that if we saw a man outside of the school wearing a long coat, to run the other direction...(flasher)  My younger sister  and myself, who lived with my mom who was single, often had no sitter, so we were on our own abit. me being older of course i watched over her and i was very responsible, and even more so since this had occured. we both did alot of bike riding around there, the school douglas park heather park etc.  It happened on more than one occasion that we were followed by a man in a car..he drove right beside us very slow..i dont believe he spoke, but he drove right beside us at the same pace...Brenda was ahead of me..i yelled at her go...go go....and i hoped like heck she knew i meant it..im not sure she knew what was going on...i caught up to her and told her to follow me...we eventually ducked down and ally, i turned my back fast beside a fence, and a garage..and it told her to get down....i cant believe i did that, and knew back then..i knew we were in trouble...i watched as the car went back and forth up the ally and when i thought it was safe, we came out.  i even knew back then to get the liscense plate number..and it was a darker little sports car. i remember that number for years and years...I have tried over the years, espeically wih the internet now, to find anything about her...she has never left my mind.ever. i cant let her go, i want her killer to be found. She was found out, in surrey, as i recall. she had been buried..i remember being told it was a garbage dump...strangled and raped, and with her i remember being told they had found her lunch box as well...and i remember that too. it was one of those tin, picnic type boxes...and it was red plaid. they were pretty common then.i feel such a relief finding this...and i so wish this could be solved.  There was an article in the province in the 90s regarding her and the unsolved case...Her family apparently returned to California later.yes. relief. extreme release... i have been waiting to find out about her, see her name again....love you evangelinexoxox
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: lostlinganer on February 23, 2013, 08:30:16 PM
barb; I hope you have shared that story with police who were investigating her disappearance.  If you haven't already, I hope you do now.  That sports car might be relevant.  And don't be shy to tell them you already shared your story on this site.  That could make a difference in their acting on your information or not.  I know I would do that.  Good luck; and I'm glad you were such a good sister, although that trip in the alley could have turned into the culprit's favor.  It is best to stay in full view... and preferably to go into a store or a known family home.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 23, 2013, 11:43:53 PM
well yes, i realize that now...but at the time, i had not learned any of the safety rules in regards to such things, i was probably about 8 at the time...and just reacting quickly as i could in terror..I remember that my mom spoke with a police..who told her at the time, that the area , the cambie street area, was a area where there was alot of sex crimes at the time.i live in squamish now..since the 80s. my ex brother in law, told me the story of Judy howie, he went to school with her,and i always wondered if they were connected...maybe....one never knows...i have been trying throughout the years to find anything on i could on Evangeline....this is the first time i ever have, and i have looked...she has never gone far from my thoughts...im not sure how much help that would be at this point..although i would gladly speak with someone...do u have any idea of whom one would speak with....who knows, maybe this is why she never left my mind....
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: lostlinganer on February 24, 2013, 02:41:38 AM
barb; if you would just clear for us Evangeline who?  .... there are others... so just tell us where she was from, and when she disappeared... we will help you fill in all the rest.   :)...

Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 09:17:39 AM
after posting my recollection of the unsolved murder of Evangeline Azarcon.. in 1969  .today, it was pointed out perhaps maybe the police would appreciate any info i had regarding this and other incidents at that time occuring around the Edith Cavell Elementary School in the late 60s.such as being tailed by a man in car a couple of times and having to escape and the fact that there were exhibitionists around the school at the time...Before anyone suggests i held back info for  my own reasons....in 1969 i was 7, when evangeline disappeared, and the incidents that ocurred after...i was afraid i was going to get into trouble..for whatever reason i dont know.
anyways, ive spent time searching as to where exactly the info should be sent...i decided that perhaps, it would be best to just for that information on here..i want to make sure it goes to the right place, rather than rely on it being forwarded to the correct place..i find it amazing that Evangeline Azacar, does not show up at all in the unsolved murders list, as well as nancy, the little girl from surrey....i just dont get it....thanks
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 10:08:31 AM
Hi Barb - don't worry about people questioning whether you came forward before or not...you were only 7 or 8 years old. Having that traumatic happen to you and your friend at such a young age would be terrifying and, being concerned about getting in trouble is completely understandable too.
I am just really glad you have found some info on your friend, Evangeline. I actually haven't posted on this site in a few years - I found Evangeline's and Nancy's cases heartbreakingly similar because of their age and location. Understanding now that Evangeline was actually taken from Vancouver and left near where Nancy was makes me think the killer may have actually been from Nancy's area.
I had noted some other cases that I thought were connected to each other but the young ladies were older and all were within 18 km of a place called Furry Creek...still makes me wonder about those cases.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 10:40:16 AM
thank you so much. ive been up all night, purging...she never left my mind. ever. all of it. i remember so clearly her dad standing at the corner in a panic, looking for her, picture in hand..we stood at the same corner everyday, even the day she disappeared, we would have been on the same corner...yes, i live in squamish,...there was a girl who was 12 who was murdered here in 72. her name was judy howie. her family is still here in town.  my ex brother in law went to school with her.  that is unsolved as well..furry creek is about 10 minutes south of here. as well i had an encounter with clifford robert olsen in pemberton one day. he was following me as i walked down the road. i approached the vehicle to get in as at that time, people often gave others ride, even if u didnt know them, u recognized them. as i approached the door handle to open it, he was in the vehicle, he was masturbating as he drove beside me. i screamed yelled and swore at him..i was so angry and yes very scared...there were big huge ditches on either side of the road, and my reasoning was i could get stuck in them trying to get out. i was 18 at the time. i ran to the other side of the road where i found a big stick which i grabbed and swung at him as he continued to drive beside me. i was so lucky as a vehicle came by at that time, and he took off. it wasnt until years later, watching the news one night, and they were showing pictures of his vehicle he was driving back then winter 81....and a pic of what he looked like that i realized that i had escaped terror.....i never said anything at that time either...#@$#@# because i was 18 and i didnt want to have to tell the rcmp that he was masturbating.  it was known that at that time, he was coming over the duffy lake road, most likely with a body in the back of his jimmy. these things just dont leave you..they are always there....
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Have faith on February 24, 2013, 10:52:17 AM
Hi barbclark,

I'm sorry that you had such a traumatic childhood experience in losing a school mate to a horrific murder.  I know it is something that you will never forget, and I am happy to know that Unsolved Canada provided you with some long sought information on Evangeline Azarcon. 

Thanks to Fraser for providing info on Evangeline (reply#17) and on Nancy Johnson (reply#16 and 20). 

I've listed the RCMP phone numbers below that you can call as a start.  Other UC members in BC might have more advice for you.  Fortunately, the BC RCMP seem to have the staff and funding for historical unsolved homicides. 

RCMP Surrey Main Detachment
604-599-0502

RCMP Port Kells District Office
604-502-6266
 

Have Faith
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 11:07:16 AM
wow.thank you so much all for your kindness..... i will definately give them a call...i need to settle down a bit..i am so incredibly glad i finally found some information regarding Evangeline.  Over the years as i searched, i found it really hard to believe that the fact that her murder, was, it seemed to be forgotten.. she has been on my mind so much the past little while. i sat up last night, and kept trying and trying. it was such a relief to finally find her....she isnt forgotten...you have no idea, and i had no idea, how much effect it really has had on me, given me incredible sense of relief i am feeling right now. maybe Evangeline, has been following me around all these years. it sure has felt like it....and lately even more so....i hear her name in my mind......maybe its time....thanks to everyone.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 12:26:11 PM
For Have Faith - do you think the RCMP you listed would have noticed the connection of all those Furry Creek cases? I looked a bit at some Highway of Tears info and noticed that that Hwy, going under different names eventually ends in the Squamish Furry Creek area. And, I've always wondering if the four young ladies I noticed that were killed in that area were of native heritage as they seem to have been targets for many of the crimes.

For Barb - Not sure if you saw the info that I had put in my notes that her family seemed to have moved to California. I feel so bad for them. I really hope they have closure one day.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 12:58:49 PM
yes i remember that they moved to california. that was the last i heard. there was an article in the province in the early 90s and it did talk about evangeline, and some other unsolved murders. ive been unable to locate that, but know very littlle about accessing that information. that is wherei learned the family moved.but other than that, everything i have read, which is very little, i already knew..i just remember circumstances and what was said at the time, quite clearly. no ther information at all...the girl that went missing here in 72 judy howie, she was not of native decent. her body, i was told was found in a field, just behind the mamquam elementary school. at that time highway 99 did not exist there, the old road parralled it, to the west on the other side of the school. this is what i have heard locally and more specifically, my ex brother in law who went to school with her. it too is unsolved, and i really did think, and always have that they could very likely be related. thanks so much, it makes me feel so much better knowing that someone really does care about her..i just felt she was so lost...somebody had to remember, and or care...and i feel freer that way...and i will mention all those thoughts...the thing is, one assumes that if i thought that, wouldnt they have thought about it too.......barb
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 01:05:28 PM
as well, i think ive already mentioned, that at the time, my mom was told by a police officer, that the area cambie...had the highest crime rate in the city. as well, there were exhibitionists hanging out by the school. that was all at that time, and it was on more than one occasion. one would think that they had information regarding the identity of such people in the area at that time. but then again, i do remember when we were told, it was a very sort of casual thing. i dont remember really feeling fear at the thought.  it certainly wasnt something that at school was drilled into us,. we werent told to go to adults or anything, to just go the other way, not approach him. But danger, real danger wasnt something that was put across...but who were the indivuals hanging around there at that time...
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: lostlinganer on February 24, 2013, 01:12:35 PM
barb; you are doing real good at remembering things and putting things together.  Good for you.  I realize where Evangeline is from now.  I must have missed that in your first post.  I find once you start getting it all off your chest, it clears your head enough so that you can remember more and/or at least sort out why those awful memories weigh so heavy. 

Clearly you are a kindhearted person.  Clearly you are also the type that doesn't forget how quickly we can lose a loved one, but how it often takes a lifetime to accept.... and that fact is modified ten times over when you know justice has not been served.... nobody paid for what was done to those you knew and/or loved.  Even worse, after all those years you can't help but feel that you are the only one who cares.  Rest assured you are not.  All of us here care very much; that is why were here.  And luckily you are here now too, and I think that is a plus for us.

If you do a search in the search area at the right hand top of the main page here, and just put in your friends names and others you know of who have gone missing or were murdered, you will find out if they are listed here.  If they are not, you can start a thread for any one of them yourself.  We are all here to help.  ...again, it is good to have you with us.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 02:04:36 PM
Hi Barb - when I mentioned the girls of native descent I was talking about the 4 in their late teens/twenties who were killed in the Furry Creek area. Your memory for detail is really good and helps me understand the area a lot better. Thank you

Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 02:10:28 PM
hi fraser...can u give me their names.....yes furry creek is where the golf course is...runs up the side of the mountain along highway 99....just up and over the hill past britannia beach if you are heading south
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 02:14:32 PM
i found a couple of their names..the interesting thing, i think is that there is actually a road in behind there...it starts at valley cliffe and it goes all the way to deep cove, through the capilano watershed....
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 02:15:40 PM
Here Barb - I originally posted this 3 years ago.

Furry Creek, BC Okay, I am going to post some more of my findings, unfortunately, not much to find. I will post the info over a few posts. This first lot is not in the date sequence as originally listed. I may have found a common thread in these ones. Although they are listed as Squamish/Vancouver cases, when I looked at the death registration information on Ancestry.ca I found all of their locations of death were within 18km of a place called Furry Creek, BC. I have included one that was listed as Squamish as it seems to be in the same area. I am not sure if these young ladies actually died/were found near Furry Creek or if they were perhaps, from there, and therefore, their deaths were listed for that location. I have to break this one into two posts as the computer is fussing

1. 12 April 73 Helen Hopcroft, age 17, Vancouver
        Her death was registered as 13 May 73, Furry Creek, BC
        There was an obituary for her in the Winnipeg Free Press 7 June 73

2. 17 Feb 75 Gayle Rogers, Vancouver, BC
        If it is the same young lady, found "Gail Sandra Rogers" Date of registered death, 7 Mar 75, she was born in 1949 so she was 26,
        her death is registered as "Squamish, BC"
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 02:17:53 PM

Furry Creek cont'd

3. 25 Jan 75 Margie Melinda Blackwell, 21
     Death registration: 25 Jan 75, place of death, Furry Creek, BC

4. 26 Feb 76 Ruth Gwendolyn Mallenby, 26, Squamish
      Death Registration: "Ruth Gwendelyne Mallenby", 7 Mar 76 Lion's Bay, (18 km from Furry Creek, BC)

For everyone's consideration. If I find anymore with this link I will add them to this post.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 02:20:54 PM
back then, there wasnt anything there at all..the furry creek has been developed hhhhmmmm the 90s im thinking...nothing else was there at all at that time...the name furry creek was used as saying..the big hill on hwy 99, right a furry creek
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 02:22:33 PM
as well, it is close to britannia creek, which has alot of old roads up and behind it, because of the mining in the area.....so that is interesting as well, because during that time, the mind was actually open then.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 02:24:00 PM
Interesting because when I dug up their death registrations, two of them actually said "Furry Creek".

I just tried to do a search on Judie Howie I couldn't find anything. Is it possible that is a variation on her name?
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 02:28:40 PM
sorry heres more, itkeeps coming back to me...at that time..im pretty sure woodfibre was open at the time, which is just across the sound. there was an actual town there, at that time, with housing for employees, school etc. so that opens up that area too..how ever i guess being that they were located there, and not from the area, i suppose its more likely someone from out of the area, but they could have a good knowledge of the area too...from that area, you can come over the duffy lake road as well, rather than through the mainland vancouver/fraser valley area..i dont know..i feel like im just rambling..stop  me..lol..oh and here is another thought....i wont name names but there was a man in town here, back then..he was the man who was rumoured to have killed judy howie....geez, its all coming back...the word was that they knew he did it but didnt want to charge him until they knew the charge would stick.....he did end up spending time in jail in the 90s i believe for spousal abuse..i think it was....
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 02:30:23 PM
well i think i saw her name on this site, but it was spelled howey...i always just assumed that the family name was spelled that way...try that..
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 02:32:51 PM
sorry i will be clearer. i assumed the name was spelled howie..dont know why. when i saw her name on here , i noted that it was spelled differently that i thought, but knew it was the same girl.i just checked the other spelling and came up with nothing as well, so maybe it was even spelled differently than that....
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 02:33:26 PM
Yup, just found it "Judith Frances Howey" - it is in another thread earlier here. Her death was registered as 29 May 1964, Squamish. I'll see if I can find anything else. It might make me a couple of days as I'm a bit tied up with work right now.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 02:36:11 PM
Check this out

http://www.digitalcollections.ca/squamishlibrary/uploads/r/squamish-public-library/2/2/22014/19980623_The_Chief_Squamish_B_C.pdf
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 02:40:24 PM
More info found from 1998:


  The following appears courtesy of yesterday's United Press International news
wire:

Thursday March 12, 1998

Man charged in 34-year-old murder

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 12 (UPI)  Police in British Columbia have
arrested and charged a man with first-degree murder in the death of a
12-year-old girl 34 years ago.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have declined to release the name of the man,
saying he was 15 years old at the time of the murder and was considered a
juvenile.

Sgt. R.C. Henry says 12-year-old Judy Howey was strangled to death on May 29,
1964, in Squamish, B.C., some 30 miles (50 km) north of Vancouver.

She had stayed late in school and was walking home along a trail leading from
the school to a main road when she was murdered.

When she did not arrive home from school, police launched a search and found
her body near the path.

An investigation of the murder proved unsuccessful at the time, but in 1996,
the local police reopened the file and requested assistance from the homicide
squad in Vancouver. The probe eventually led to the suspect's arrest.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have knowledge of the case to come
forward and assist the investigation.

Henry says the case will be handled procedurally under the Juvenile Delinquent
Act that was in place at the time of the murder.
-----------------------------------------------
  The following appears courtesy of the 3/13/98 online edition of The Vancouver
Province newspaper:

Charge in 34-year-old murder
Squamish suspect was 15 when little girl raped, slain

Salim Jiwa, Staff Reporter The Province

It was 34 years ago.

The stunned town of Squamish had gathered to say goodbye to 12-year-old murder
victim Judith Howey.

The killer, who had strangled Judith with a man's T-shirt, tied her hands with
her sweater, her feet with her jacket, was on the loose. Judith had been
sexually assaulted, then dragged 100 metres off a path near her school.

Fearful parents escorted their children to and from school.

At an inquest one year later, Judith's father Clarence spoke mournfully: "I
haven't got another little girl to give. This means some other little girl will
have to suffer."

Judith's body was found on May 29, 1964. RCMP efforts had failed. Then, in
1996, Squamish handed the file to an elite task force of Mounties that was
formed to crack historical murders.

They cracked the case and charged a 49-year-old Squamish man with murder.

Police say the suspect was only 15 when Judith was killed, and he has been
charged under the Juvenile Delinquents Act, which existed at the time of the
murder.

The suspect cannot be named because he was a juvenile at the time of the
offence, said Staff-Sgt. Rex Henry.

Henry credited the unsolved-homicide task force (also known as as the
historical homicide unit) for cracking the 34-year-old case in a "magnificent"
investigation.

The suspect apparently is not someone unknown to the police. At an inquest held
one year after Judith's death, the jury heard from a 16-year-old who claimed he
had gone right home after school and fed his chickens.

Police had some evidence in hand at the time, including clothing and possibly a
couple of strands of hair. It is not known whether this helped.

However, those familiar with the operations of the homicide task force say much
of its work is done clandestinely by plainclothes members who sometimes work by
befriending suspects.

Officers said yesterday that Judith's mother died a few years after the murder.
Her father Clarence lives in Vancouver.

In Squamish, there is little sign of the pathway where Judith was strangled.
Highway 99 runs over the pathway and some bush behind Mamquam elementary.

But many remember how it felt to have a child killed in their midst.

School trustee Don Ross remembers the trauma the community suffered in the days
following the discovery of Judith's body.

"They passed special policies that children were not allowed to leave the
school by themselves. The teachers were not allowed to keep them after school
and, if they did have to stay, the principal had to get a taxi to take them
home."

He said his own daughter was in school that day.

"People were in shock, of course. They just couldn't believe it and were
looking at everybody else for a long time and wondering if there were any
strangers around who could have done it."

Ross said the charge will bring closure to the family and the community.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 02:48:28 PM
yes yes yes...i recall this..it was all pretty hush hush at first..and then because of his age at the time, his name was kept confidential although everyone knew who it was, and it was told to everyone, im guessing by him or his wife, that is was for something else...he got out a few years ago. he only did 5 years....so i suppose if he was only 15 at the time he couldnt have driven to vancouver,....or could he...he lived here during all those years after ward,i wonder if he was a suspect in the other 4 at all....
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Have faith on February 24, 2013, 03:18:49 PM
Hi Fraser,

Re: "For Have Faith - do you think the RCMP you listed would have noticed the connection of all those Furry Creek cases? I looked a bit at some Highway of Tears info and noticed that that Hwy, going under different names eventually ends in the Squamish Furry Creek area. And, I've always wondering if the four young ladies I noticed that were killed in that area were of native heritage as they seem to have been targets for many of the crimes."

I listed the Surrey and Port Kells RCMP phone numbers for Barb, since that is where Evangeline's body was found.  I would assume that the local force would have been involved in the initial investigation. 

From your last post, it is noted that the BC RCMP have a Historical Homicide Unit, and ultimately this would be who should receive any tips about theses cases.  Are there any BC members who can find the phone number and location for this Unit for barbclark?

The four cases where the bodies were found around Furry Creek should also be under the Historical Homicide Unit.  It would be nice to know if they ever re-investigated these cases, as they have just recently done with the Highway of Tears project.  (including highways 16, 97 and 5).
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: barbclark on February 24, 2013, 03:23:18 PM
yes, thank you, that number would be great.  ...i want to make sure it gets intothe right hands..i just keep thinking..u just never know....
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 04:37:22 PM
Have Faith - that's interesting...Do you have any idea if the Historical Homicide group is open to new observations?

Thank you
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Have faith on February 24, 2013, 06:32:34 PM
The OPP state that all unsolved cases remain "open" and they welcome any new tips, observations etc.  The RCMP would state the same thing, and they actually have the manpower and funding to investigate.  Whether they will act on any new info is hard to tell, but they always say that they look into all new leads. 

Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on February 24, 2013, 06:45:07 PM
Thank you - I tried to track down some point of contact for the Unsolved homicides in BC. I found some articles but no contact info. I don't think it would be appropriate to contact a Tips line because I don't have new info just an observation.
I am really busy the next couple of days but if I have time, I'll try to dig around more and find a contact.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: TheBgcheez on June 11, 2013, 10:08:27 AM
Kim Cuff was my mother and I clearly remember the day I was told she was dead. Her full name was - Margarite Ann Cuff and she was murdered at 1915 Haro Street in her apartment, she was 32 years old. She was married to **** but he did not sign the death certificate, his step father did. I printed off her death certificate this morning from the public records division online. I spoke with VPD Sgt. yesterday via phone and he is pulling her records to re-investigate this case per my request. I think my mothers day is tragic not only because of the way she was murdered but by the way it was so easily swept under the carpet, largely because of her life style. I know this was 38 years ago but any information about her close friends etc. during that time would be appreciated. You can contact me directly and I'll give you my telephone number etc.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: Fraser on June 11, 2013, 04:44:08 PM
Thank you for posting on this board. I cannot imagine how hard losing your mum and having no resolution after all this time. I really hope that they are able to find out more and solve her case. No one, no matter what their lifestyle should be "brushed under the carpet"...they lived, were loved and are missed and any of those  three things should make their tragedy worth investigating.
I wish I could help but the only info I could find was what was listed in my first post on this.
There are a lot of really good people on this forum, hopefully someone will be able to help. It does sound like the police Sgt is going to try to help and that is really good to hear.
Take care and best wishes in all this.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: TheBgcheez on June 11, 2013, 10:06:13 PM
Thank you for posting on this board. I cannot imagine how hard losing your mum and having no resolution after all this time. I really hope that they are able to find out more and solve her case. No one, no matter what their lifestyle should be "brushed under the carpet"...they lived, were loved and are missed and any of those  three things should make their tragedy worth investigating.
I wish I could help but the only info I could find was what was listed in my first post on this.
There are a lot of really good people on this forum, hopefully someone will be able to help. It does sound like the police Sgt is going to try to help and that is really good to hear.
Take care and best wishes in all this.

Thank you! I know so much more today than I did yesterday and I think this new Sgt. Will be able to help this time. I offered a couple ideas that hadn't been considered previously. He also assured me that this wouldn't be swept under the carpet, and I believe him. I will post updates if and when they happen.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: jobo on June 12, 2013, 06:06:16 AM
I wish you luck TheBgcheez.   I am glad you found a Sgt. that will look into your Mom's death.  I hope you and the Cop can work together for answers....and Justice.
Your Mom would be proud to know that after all this time, you are searching for the truth....you deserve it, and I hope it comes.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: evelazarus on August 25, 2014, 01:18:22 PM
I'm writing a book on historical unsolved murders to be published next year. Two that really haunt me are the murders of Nancy Joan Johnsen, 7 of Surrey in 1967 and Evangeline Azarcon, 7 of Vancouver in 1969. The bodies were found in Surrey. There was a third murder, Tanya Busch, 7, in 1972 who lived in Vancouver, was abducted in Vancouver and her body was dumped in Surrey also. Tanya's murder was solved and I believe there's a strong possibility of a connection between all three. I would very much like to talk to the people here that knew these girls, or at least had contact with them. Please contact me at evelazarus@shaw.ca 
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: TheBgcheez on July 16, 2015, 07:13:28 PM
If you ever do want to know anything else please feel free to email me directly and I'll fill in the blanks for you.
Title: Re: 1950 - 1969 Unsolved Murders and Missing - Canada
Post by: jellybean on November 07, 2016, 06:36:32 PM
Here is one that has been identified from Des's list in this thread./jb

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2009/03/09/police_identify_victim_in_1967_cold_case.html

Police identify victim in 1967 cold case
Ontario Provincial Police have finally been able to identify a homicide victim whose remains were found in eastern Ontario more than 40 years ago.

By ROBYN DOOLITTLEStaff Reporter
Mon., March 9, 2009
Ontario Provincial Police have finally been able to identify a homicide victim whose remains were found in eastern Ontario more than 40 years ago.

Eric Jones, 18, was last seen by family members in April 1967. A hunter discovered what turned out to be his skeletal remains in December of that year in a wooded area near Coboconk.

Last month, the television program W5 aired a special on two unsolved murders from 1967. The two victims, both young men with slight builds from the Toronto area, were found in secluded rural areas without clothing and appeared to have been bound by the hands.

One of the victims was identified in 2006 as Richard Hovey, 17, but the identity of the other man remained unknown until detectives showed a facial reconstruction on the W5 episode.

One of Jones' sisters saw the broadcast and called police. Using DNA analysis, police were then able to positively identify the victim as Jones.

"It's really remarkable to have this happen after so many years," OPP Deputy Commissioner Vince Hawkes said this morning. "Now we're asking anyone who might have known (Jones) to contact us."

Investigators hope to learn who Jones friends were at the time, if he had any enemies, or if he was involved in any type of illegal activity.

Oscar Jones said today that the last time he saw his younger brother Eric, they were at a family wedding.

It was April 1967, and the normally joyous occasion of siblings celebrating their sister's nuptials had its rocky moments.

"I was giving him heck because he was quitting school and going away. He wasn't happy with me," Jones said Monday from his home in St. Charles, Ont., just east of Sudbury.

The wedding was the last time the pair would see one another.

Oscar Jones said his siblings held out hope for years that Eric, who had moved to Toronto from the family's hometown of Noelville, had disappeared to start a new life without telling anyone.

"But then you kind of feel after he got a bit older and grew up, he'd get back to his family," said Jones, 66.

"Now that we find out... he was murdered, it's very hard to take."

The new lead in Jones' case could help shed some light on two other cold cases in Ontario.

Jones' murder might be linked to Hovey's murder and that of a third Ontario cold case.

In July 1980, the skeletal remains of another young man were found in a wooded area near Markham, Ont. He was found unclothed.

Police believe the man was killed approximately one to two years before his body was found.

Investigators believe the three cases could be connected, said Sgt. Pierre Chamberland of the Ontario Provincial Police.

"It's suspicious as a sex-related crime," he said.

Right now, the only known connections between the killings are similarities in the crime scenes.

Hovey's remains were found along a hedgerow in a farmer's field near Schomberg in May 1968. He was last seen getting into a car on Yorkville Ave. in June 1967.

The three cases could also be linked to a murder and abduction in the summer of 1967 for which a man in his 70s is serving time in a British Columbia prison.

The breakthrough in Jones' case is tinged with sadness as the family is "dealing with a loss 42 years later as though it had just happened to them today," OPP Det.-Insp. Dave Quigley said during a news conference in Orillia, Ont.

"Our sincere condolences go out to them. Our thoughts are with them."

- With files from The Canadian Press