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Title: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: solvy on November 01, 2011, 09:41:26 PM
By: ctvbc.ca

Date: Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011 4:59 PM PT

Police now believe that the B.C. teen who died after being found severely injured near a railroad track was murdered.

An unconscious Taylor Van Diest, 18, was discovered by friends and family lying in a bushy area about 10 feet away from the tracks in Armstrong Monday night, about an hour after she was reported missing.

She was taken to hospital in Vernon then transported to Kelowna, but eventually succumbed to her injuries.

Investigators say that Van Diest was last seen going out for Halloween, but it is not clear whom she was meeting. RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen her that evening to call their local detachment.

Friends of the murdered teen told CTV News that she was a quiet girl who was kind to others.

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper says the small town has been deeply impacted by Van Diest's death.

"I was in the downtown earlier today and I just saw two young people hugging and one of them was crying," he said.

The teen was found just steps from a daycare.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: art-hu on November 03, 2011, 08:16:55 AM
Vancouver RCMP are investigating the suspicious death of 18 yr. old Taylor Van Diest from Armstrong B.C. who was found unconcious in a bush area by a railroad track and later died in hospital.

http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2011/11/02/18912696.html
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livvy on November 03, 2011, 08:31:35 AM
Rest in Peace Taylor.  I hope they find the killer(s) soon.... I can't imagine how this community is feeling!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/slain-teen-texted-she-was-being-creeped-shortly-before-attack/article2222808/
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on November 03, 2011, 08:45:58 AM
This is horrible news.   A young lady going out for Halloween fun...found murdered in Armstrong.

I google-mapped Armstrong, and then Salmon Arm and they are 39 km apart.  The reason?   Pamela Jones (older lady) found murdered in her carport in August just outside Salmon Arm.   Unsolved.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: solvy on November 04, 2011, 08:56:23 PM
By: ctvbc.ca

Date: Friday Nov. 4, 2011 3:51 PM PT

An autopsy has been completed on murdered B.C. teen Taylor Van Diest, but Mounties aren't saying anything about how she was killed on Halloween night.

The 18-year-old died in hospital Monday after she was found unconscious and severely injured near the railroad tracks that run through the small Okanagan town of Armstrong.

At an RCMP press conference Friday, spokesman Gord Molendyk said that police are holding back the results of an autopsy completed a day earlier because they don't want to compromise the investigation.

He did, however, release more details of Van Diest's movements on the night she was killed.

Investigators now believe that the slain teen was last heard from at 6 p.m., 10 minutes after she left her family home to meet up with someone. She was dressed in a zombie costume at the time.

Friends say the last word from Van Diest was a text message to her boyfriend reading, "I'm being creeped."

Molendyk told reporters that her phone was found along the train tracks at 7:30 p.m., a little more than an hour she was was discovered lying gravely injured in a bushy area about 10 feet from the railway line.

Van Diest's family says that her boyfriend, Colton Luttmerding, was the one to make the gruesome discovery, but his mother says he is not ready to speak to the media.

In an attempt to solicit more tips in the murder, RCMP set up a roadblock Thursday evening near the place where Van Diest was found. Officers showed drivers Van Diest's picture, and asked if they had seen anything unusual on Halloween.

A suspect has yet to be identified, but more than 40 officers are working on the investigation.

With files from CTV British Columbia's Kent Molgat
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on November 06, 2011, 02:19:44 PM
Memorial today..

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-66959-26-.htm#66959 (http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-66959-26-.htm#66959)

Good collection of news articles in the above link. Of interest, Police still don't know who she was going to meet and why she was in that area. Community on high alert.

Quote
The community of Armstrong is reeling from several tragedies that recently struck the Okanagan city.

The shocking Halloween murder of teen, Taylor Van Diest, has residents concerned for their safety and praying for answers.

Van Diest was found clinging to life by the side of train tracks on Monday evening, she was rushed to hospital, but never recovered.

At 2:30 Sunday afternoon the community will come together, in Armstrong's Memorial Park, to remember Van Diest along with the two children who perished in a motor home fire in Lytton last month, and an 18-year-old man who died in a work place accident in September

 
Photo: Contributed
Ava-Mae Classen and Austin Mitchell Classen, died in a motor home fire.Police say they have no suspects in connection with Van Diest's homicide and are advising public to be vigilant until her killer is caught including traveling in groups.

Police are also asking for anyone who may have received electronic messages or photos from the victim to contact authorities. RCMP add that solving this case is their number one priority. What police are unclear about is where Van Diest was going or who she was going to meet.

RCMP have 30 officers working on the case.

A trust fund has been set up for the Van Diest family to help cover expenses. Donations can be made to Valley First Credit Union (803536).

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on November 06, 2011, 04:17:40 PM
That is weird that she was not meeting her boyfriend or anyone she was texting.  In a small town, you would think it would be easy to narrow down who she was meeting from her circle of friends.  On Halloween wouldn't you be meeting your close friends?  Boyfriend?   Tell your parents who you were meeting?  The police were unclear about who she was meeting...does that mean they don't know or they are not saying?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: solvy on November 06, 2011, 04:26:34 PM
Live, that seemed to be phrased strangely didn't it?  I agree, what boyfriend would not know where she was for that time frame, none I ever dated.  Did she have to go down along the tracks to get to a party that night?  seems a strange place to meet up with someone anyway.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on November 06, 2011, 05:04:26 PM
The police seem to hold back the strangest of details.  In this case the cause of death and who she was meeting.  No boyfriend I have ever known does not know where you are going, who you are going with and when you'll be back although they are not always forthcoming with their information! 

I just watched one of the videos from your link.  Her aunt says she was meeting a longtime friend and that it was common for them to meet halfway (she points up and down the tracks at this point). 

What is also weird is that they recovered her cell phone but they are still asking anyone who got a text message or photo from her to contact police...can't they figure out who she was texting with the information from her cell phone?  Were texts erased before the phone was dropped near the tracks? 

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: eyeswideopen on November 06, 2011, 05:18:41 PM
Live guess they want to be sure it was her texting, perhaps the killer texted or they think he did, IMO
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on November 06, 2011, 06:13:10 PM
Bit of a head scratcher right now. The friend said Amber's text to her was cut off in mid stream. The bf said Amber texted him to say she was being creeped. The police said Amber's last text was to her bf. Seems to be some conflicting accounts. The phone likely holds (or held) the answers. Again, the Police hold back what they do for reasons unknown to us. Seems they could answer the question they posed by themselves.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: eyeswideopen on November 06, 2011, 07:06:56 PM
Just in response to some of the posts.  I am not a young teen but even when I was , as well as when I was married my boyfiend , husband, did not know where i was every second.  May things came of throught the course of a day and I never felt the need to report in , nor did they.  Just my thoughts on thinking the boyfriend should know where she was every second she wasnt with him.  Many people are independent,  I tend to think it is a needy person who needs to know where some one is every second.  just my opinion
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on November 06, 2011, 08:05:56 PM
Good point Eyes...the killer(s) may have texted someone and deleted the text.  Could they not just check the cell phone records to see who she called or texted? 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 06, 2011, 09:05:31 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/11/06/bc-armstrong-memorial.html

Hundreds mourn in Armstrong, B.C.CBC News

Posted: Nov 6, 2011 5:13 PM PT

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2011 5:07 PM PT

An estimated 400 people gathered at a memorial in Armstrong, B.C., on Sunday. (Brady Strachan/CBC)


Hundreds of people gathered in an Armstrong, B.C., park on Sunday to mourn the recent deaths of four young people, including a teenager killed Halloween night.
 
Taylor Van Diest, 18, was found severely beaten near railroad tracks in the town in the province’s southern Interior after leaving home to meet with friends. Van Diest died later in hospital.
 
Her death was the third tragedy to hit the small community in the past month.
 
Several weeks ago, 18-year-old Cullen Rowan was killed in a workplace accident.
 
And in October, two children from Armstrong — Ava-Mae Classen, 5, and Austin Classen, 4 — were killed in a motorhome fire in the Fraser Canyon, northeast of Vancouver.
 
On Sunday, about 400 people gathered at Armstrong's Memorial Park to mourn for the young lives lost, singing and lighting candles in tribute.
 
The memorial began with a prayer and a moment of silence for the deceased. Many mourners brought flowers to lay by a large tree, and all wore green ribbons as a symbol of community solidarity.
 
Jim Clipperton, who employed Rowan, said the recent deaths have been hard on the community.
 
"This town is so close and there are so many people in this town that — yeah, it's proud. You can't help but be proud of this town," he said."It's a very very close-knit community."
 
Police continue to investigate Van Diest's slaying. No arrests have been made.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 06, 2011, 09:33:25 PM
Here is a video on Global.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/video/video-who-killed-taylor-van-diest/article2225479/
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on November 07, 2011, 11:46:33 AM
By the end of the day, about 1,000 had showed up to pay their respects. Armstrong only has a population of about 4500.

Not many are seen walking alone, hardly anyone is outside after dark. Murder in a small town changes many lives forever.

Police are to provide an update later today.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on November 10, 2011, 01:47:42 AM
Police receive letter from the killer?
http://www.vancouversun.com/RCMP+receive+letter+linked+Armstrong+teen+murder/5684940/story.html (http://www.vancouversun.com/RCMP+receive+letter+linked+Armstrong+teen+murder/5684940/story.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on November 10, 2011, 07:53:58 AM
This murder, I think, was pre-meditated to be committed on Halloween, but the Victim was random.  I also get the feeling that the Perp might have been in costume too.   He could easily just blend in after the crime, and that was his demented plan.

The Police need to step it up...this latest news with them receiving a letter from the supposed Perp...makes me think that if they don't solve this terrible murder quickly, more will die.   If the town is only 4500 people, the Cops need to do a door to door talk with the residents....they will find their man.   (my opinion only)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: solvy on November 10, 2011, 10:35:49 AM
Letter received,  Where have we heard this before?   Will this case go the same route as Joanne's, I hope not.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on November 10, 2011, 10:45:11 AM
Joanne who?  What is your concern...I feel "creeped" by this and the way the police are keeping so many details...how is one to know who or what to look out for? 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on November 10, 2011, 10:48:19 AM
This gets into the really strange and bizarre category. No one has any way of knowing the authenticity of the letter but threatening comments of more victims to come were made supposedly by Taylor's killer. The Police have issued a public warning.

Joanne Pedersen- a letter writer has supposedly been sending in tips for years.
http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=69.0 (http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=69.0)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on November 10, 2011, 11:01:20 AM

“On Wednesday, November 9th, the Armstrong RCMP Detachment received a letter from an individual who claims to be responsible for Taylor's death and suggests possible further violence against women.  At this point in time we will not speculate whether the letter is authentic, though we are working to determine who may have sent it. Our primary concern remains the safety of the public. We would hope that the person or persons responsible share our concern,” stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.
_____________________
The fact that women in particular are being targetted is significant and disturbing (though not unusual unfortunately). I can't make sense of the final satement by the Corporal - hoping that a murderer or sick letter writer who hates women shares their  concern about public safety? Not likely!

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on November 10, 2011, 11:07:07 AM
That just seemed such a strange and out of place remark that it is hard to fathom why he even said it?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on November 10, 2011, 12:12:57 PM
thanks for the link to the other thread.

I think the police are suggesting that the letter writer may not be the killer...they may have said "its my fault" but may not be the actual killer.  The letter writer may be warning that there will be more violence unless the killer is stopped and the police may be sending a message to the writer saying in a way, if you know more, tell us so we can protect the public.   If its not that, then I agree...what a bizarre thing to say!
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on November 10, 2011, 12:30:05 PM
Sometimes police though decent people and well-meaning are not the brightest of bulbs and wind up making foolish-sounding statements to the media when put on the spot in a crisis. Another classic example is when the police on occasion wind up referring to a horrible killer in the media as "this gentleman" !
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on November 10, 2011, 01:19:10 PM
True, Just because someone is a Cop...doesn't mean they are comfortable in front of the Cameras.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 10, 2011, 01:31:29 PM
Sorry guys, I don't have the same take as others do.  I think that this Cpl. was giving him a message, that Armstrong and its residence will be more carefully watched. And to let him know, not to try anything.
This Cpl has come up before. His name is very familiar (in a good way). I can't remember where.
It is funny how we readers will see things in different ways.  That's what makes life interesting.
JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on November 10, 2011, 02:55:41 PM
Jellybean:   http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=846&languageId=1&contentId=13260.    FYI!
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 10, 2011, 03:02:50 PM
Thanks Jobo.  Wow, now there is a cop that the detachment and his family can be proud of.

JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on November 10, 2011, 03:32:44 PM
LOL....I just finished typing that your memory is good because he was the spokesman for Kienan Hebert's kidnapping.  I went to post and saw yours....;)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 21, 2011, 02:29:55 PM
http://www.theprovince.com/news/more+contact+from+letter+writer+Halloween+night+murder+case+RCMP/No

more contact from letter writer in Halloween-night murder case: RCMP
 
 By Staff Reporter, The Province November 19, 2011

 

An 18-year-old female who died after being found unconscious Monday night by the railway tracks in Armstrong has been identified by her sister as 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest.

Photograph by: CHBC


Police in the Okanagan say they've had no further contact from whoever wrote a threatening letter claiming responsibility for the Halloween-night murder of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest.

But the hunt for a killer remains very active, with 30 investigators assigned to the case, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

Local officers are getting help on the case from E Division's major-crimes unit and experts in behavioural science.

The 18-year-old recent high school graduate was attacked while heading out, dressed up as a zombie for Halloween, to meet a friend on the evening of Oct. 31. She died in hospital later that night, reportedly from severe head injuries.

The Armstrong detachment received a letter Nov. 9 from someone who claimed to be the killer and threatened more violence against women.

Police have been unable to confirm the letter as real or a hoax, but warned the community as a precaution.

"Investigators have not received any further communications in any form from the author(s) of the letter," Moskaluk said in a press release Friday.

"The dedicated tip line remains activated and we again urge anyone with information regarding Taylor's homicide to please contact investigators," he said. "We have received upwards of 50 tips to date and still want to hear from anyone with information."
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livvy on November 22, 2011, 08:01:44 PM
Teen's killer continues to elude police 0 B.C. cops to update public on girl's Halloween homicide
 
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Police in British Columbia plan to announce "significant developments" in their investigation into the Halloween slaying of Taylor Van Diest.

The 18-year-old was found unconscious and badly beaten near railway tracks in Armstrong, B.C., on Oct. 31, dressed in her zombie costume. She was taken to a Kelowna hospital where she died from her injuries.

Police will update the public at a news conference in the nearby city of Vernon on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police said they were "not in a position to provide additional information at this time," but that there have been "significant developments in the ongoing investigation."

In the weeks since the teen's death, 30 investigators have been on the case, following up on more than 50 tips from the public.

And on Nov. 9, police received a letter from someone claiming responsibility for the teen's death. The letter warned of further violence against women.

Police have said they hope to hear from the letter-writer again, but have been unable to determine whether it was really from Van Diest's killer.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/11/22/teens-killer-continues-to-elude-police
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: BellasMom on November 23, 2011, 10:11:01 AM
RCMP may have a break in the case.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111123/taylor-van-diest-murder-investigation-111123/

Press conf slated for later today.

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 23, 2011, 10:34:09 AM
I've posted the news article taken from the link provided by BellasMom (thanks BellasMom). These things have a way of disappearing off the net.


The Canadian Press

Date: Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011 7:38 AM ET

ARMSTRONG, B.C. — Police may have a break in the Halloween night murder of an 18-year-old woman in Armstrong, B.C.

RCMP say there have been what they call "significant developments" in the investigation into the killing of Taylor Van Diest, but they won't release any details until a news conference Wednesday.

Van Diest was attacked while walking near some railway tracks in Armstrong.

She was badly beaten and taken to hospital but later died.

Following the murder, someone claiming responsibility for the crime sent police a letter with a warning that more young women would be targeted.

Police said at the time they couldn't be sure the letter was legitimate because it contained few details of the slaying.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111123/taylor-van-diest-murder-investigation-111123/ (http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111123/taylor-van-diest-murder-investigation-111123/)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Amythest on November 23, 2011, 11:02:10 AM
Let's hope this means an arrest is coming. Very sad - what a beautiful girl....
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on November 23, 2011, 05:12:18 PM
http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-67656--.htm

The suspect is also wanted in a Kelowna sexual assualt 6 years ago.

Sketch:

http://www.chbcnews.ca/developing+sketch+released+in+van+diest+homicide/6442528146/story.html
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 23, 2011, 05:19:32 PM
The Van Diest murder suspect
by Castanet Staff - Story: 67656
Nov 23, 2011 / 2:48 pm


RCMP have identified a suspect in the Halloween night murder of Taylor Van Diest.Police made the announcement during a press conference Wednesday afternoon in the Vernon City Council Chambers.

The unidentified man is also wanted for an April 12, 2005 sexual assault in Kelowna.

At the time of the sexual assault six years ago, the man was described as being Caucasian, 19 to 20 years of age (25 to 26 now), with a darker skin tone, brown eyes and short dark hair.

He stood 5' 8" to 5' 10", had a stocky build, had large distinct sideburns and thick eyebrows.

Anyone who has information on the suspect or any other information pertaining to the murder of Taylor Van Diest is asked to call the dedicated tip line, 1-888-688-4264.

Van Diest's body was discovered near railway tracks in Armstrong at 8:45 on Halloween night.

Police say she left her home at about 5:50 p.m.

It is believed she walked north on Pleasant Valley Road for about 10 minutes to the railroad tracks.

The last contact she had with friends or family was a text message at 6 p.m.

She was dressed up as a zombie.

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-67656--.htm (http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-67656--.htm)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 23, 2011, 05:41:18 PM
Thanks for your links everyone.  So, it must be a dna match from the sexual assault and now this murder.
The police did say walk in pairs, quite awhile back in the investigation.
Now, the hard part is putting a name to the face, and catching him.
Somehow he does not look caucasian to me.  With the darker skin tone, and coupled with the shape of the nose, ..., he could be mediterranean or from the middle east. Just my thoughts as to the drawing.

JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 23, 2011, 05:48:24 PM

By: Bethany Lindsay, ctvbc.ca

Date: Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011 3:19 PM PT

Police have released a sketch of a suspect in the Halloween murder of 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest, and say DNA evidence has linked him to a sex assault six years ago.

The sketch shows a white man with a darker skin tone, between 25 and 26 years old. Police say the suspect has brown eyes, short dark hair, and is between 5-8 and 5-10 tall with a stocky build. He also has large, distinct sideburns and thick eyebrows.

The composite drawing was made from descriptions gathered after a sex assault on an employee at the Garden of Eden escort agency in Kelowna, B.C. on April 12, 2005.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk told reporters Wednesday that DNA taken from the scene of Van Diest's murder in Armstrong matches samples gathered at the escort agency after the assault.

"Investigators can confirm the match; however, they do not have the outright identity of this person at this time," Moskaluk said, adding that the man is believed to be a resident of the Okanagan Valley.

Police are pleading with anyone who might have information about the suspect to come forward -- particularly family and friends who might have noticed warning signs before and after the killing.

Moskaluk notes that the man responsible for killing Van Diest might have come home after Halloween with scratches on his face and neck inflicted by the slain girl as she tried to fight him off. The suspect may have experienced social or financial problems leading up to the murder and police say that he might have acted strange or withdrawn from normal life afterwards.

Van Diest died in hospital on Oct. 31 after she was found unconscious and severely injured near the railroad tracks that run through the small town of Armstrong. Police are not revealing the cause of death, but say they believe the attack was random.

The slain teen was last heard from shortly after leaving her family home to meet up with someone. She was dressed like a zombie at the time.

Friends say the last word from Van Diest was a text message to her boyfriend reading, "I'm being creeped."

Van Diest's family says that her boyfriend was the one to discover the teen lying gravely injured in a bushy area.

A little more than a week after the murder, police received a letter from someone claiming to be the murderer and threatening further violence against women. Moskaluk says investigators have yet to determine if the letter is legitimate and have not received any further communication from the author.

Moskaluk says residents of the Armstrong area should continue to take extra steps to preserve their safety.

Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the murder. A dedicated tip line has been set up at 1-888-688-4264.

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111123/bc-taylor-van-diest-murder-investigation-111123/20111123/?hub=BritishColumbia (http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111123/bc-taylor-van-diest-murder-investigation-111123/20111123/?hub=BritishColumbia)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on November 23, 2011, 06:12:20 PM
Somebody must know a guy with that distinctive look who lives in B.C.  He may have stopped for gas or food on his way to Armstrong...someone must remember him.  Thanks for embellishing the links...much better! 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 23, 2011, 06:28:41 PM
From 2005 to 2011,  I wonder where he has been all of this time.  The police believe that he still lives in the region, but I wonder if he has spent time in hospital . In and out type of thing. Perhaps he has delusions and hears voices.
What brought him to Armstrong, was it the fireworksÉ

JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on November 23, 2011, 07:52:07 PM
It is just over 70km between Armstrong and Kelowna....there is not that many towns between these 2, the biggest one being Vernon.  Hope they are taking a good look to see if anyone in those towns match that description.  Hope they don't discount anyone at this point.
 This perp has graduated from sexual abuse to murder in 6 years.  Quiet in-between? hmmm
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 23, 2011, 08:07:48 PM
The letter, did it in fact come from the killer. Would they have checked it for dna as well. Someone may step forward now, especially since the public believes that he is capable of striking again.  I`m not an expert in the mental health field, but I wonder if he was in such a state of mind, (so totally fractured) that when he saw a ``zombie``, he freaked out. She was followed, but I don`t think they (the perp and the poor victim) even remotely knew each other.

JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on November 24, 2011, 07:06:28 AM
The fact that she was attacked while dressed like a "Zombie" (blood, white makeup) makes me think of how victims are depersonalized.  I think that's the similarity between this attack and the one in 2005.  The victim in the first instance worked in a profession the depersonalizes women.  In costume, it would be easy to depersonalize Taylor.  I think the perp may have an enmeshed relationship with a female and seeks women from whom he can feel completely detached. 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 24, 2011, 12:47:42 PM

DNA match in Taylor Van Diest case
Jesse Johnston and 660News Staff Nov 23, 2011 20:26:18 PM

BC Mounties believe whoever killed 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest in Armstrong, BC,  Halloween night also sexually assaulted a woman at an escort agency in Kelowna seven years ago. Investigators have matched DNA samples from both crime scenes.
   
"The sexual assault occurred on April 12, 2005 and was reported to the Kelowna RCMP at that time," said RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.  "The assault occurred inside the Garden of Eden Escort Agency which was then, and still is, located in the downtown area of Kelowna."

The RCMP still doesn't know the suspect's identity, but officers are re-releasing a composite sketch from 2005. The man is described as follows:

Caucasian male with a darker skin tone, 19-20 years of age (making him now 25-26 years old), dark coloured eyes possibly brown, and with short dark hair. He is believed to be between 5'8" and 5'10" with a stocky build. He is not particularly fit or muscular.
   
Police are also releasing a bit of a psychological profile, hoping the man's family gives them a call.

"We ask that residents of the Okanagan to think back to the days just prior to Taylor's murder on Halloween night to see if they recall some form of conflict, or personal upset on the day or days leading up to Halloween," Moskaluk said.  "This may include financial pressures, relationship pressures, job loss or other serious life stressor."

"There may have also been changes to his regular routine, such as missed appointments, commitments to work or school.  Friends, family and associates would have likely observed noticeable changes in his mood on or around Halloween night, which may have included a withdrawal or loss of interest in his usual activities, changes in appetite, changes in sleep patterns, irritability, increased use of alcohol or drugs or changes in personal grooming and hygiene."

Moskaluk says the man probably had scratches and cuts on his body in early November. He believes he is still living in the Okanagan Valley.

Van Diest's badly beaten body was found near some railroad tracks and she died before she arrived at the hospital. She was going to a Halloween party when she was attacked.


Earlier this month, police got a letter from someone claiming to be her killer warning more young women could be targeted. It's still not known if the letter was legitimate.

The RCMP is asking anyone with information about this suspect to contact police via the dedicated tip line 1-888-688-4264.

http://www.news1130.com/news/national/article/302757--dna-match-in-taylor-van-diest-case (http://www.news1130.com/news/national/article/302757--dna-match-in-taylor-van-diest-case)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: solvy on November 24, 2011, 11:45:58 PM
Interesting article!, ctvbc.ca

Date: Thursday Nov. 24, 2011 6:08 PM PT

Even though police have the DNA of the man they believe murdered Taylor Van Diest, they can't trace him because he doesn't show up in any genetic database. But what if his father or brother did?

Samples found at the scene of the 18-year-old's murder on Halloween match just one other RCMP file -- an unsolved sex assault at a Kelowna escort service in 2005. Because the man was never caught, police haven't been able to match a name to the DNA.

That leaves investigators with just a six-year-old description of a man with bushy sideburns to guide their quest to find the man responsible for the random killing that has put a small B.C. town on edge for the last month. Mounties are now circulating a composite drawing based on that description in the hope that someone, somewhere, will recognize their suspect.

But if this were California or the U.K., police would have one more tool that could help them track down the killer, by checking to see if any of their family members are in the criminal system.

A technique known as familial DNA searching -- not currently permitted in Canada -- allows investigators to search for close, partial matches in genetic data banks. That means that police can identify criminals who might be the unnamed suspect's brother, father or sister.

It might sound far-fetched, but research shows that crime often runs in families. One study conducted in the States showed that 30 per cent of men in the prison system have brothers who are also incarcerated.

And the technique has been used to solve some pretty high-profile, grisly cases. Perhaps most famously, Los Angeles police tracked down their suspect in the famed "Grim Sleeper" murders by identifying his son.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested last year on suspicion that he killed at least 10 people over 25 years. The DNA samples found at the murder scenes didn't match anything in California's offenders database, but the genetic sequence on the killer's Y sex chromosome was so close to another man's, the offender could only be the father or son of the serial killer.

It turns out that Franklin's son had recently been arrested. Police were able to take a swab from a cup used by the elder Franklin, and his DNA turned out to be a perfect match for the killer.

Familial DNA searching was also used in England to catch a rapist two decades after he raped at least six women and stole their stiletto shoes.

In the U.S., the technique is employed in California, Virginia, Texas and Colorado, and several other states are looking into adopting it. A Democratic congressman from California introduced a bill earlier this month that would allow the FBI to use familial DNA to investigate cold cases.

Canada "consulting" on investigative technique

So, why isn't familial DNA searching allowed in Canada, where it might help police find violent criminals like the man who left Taylor Van Diest for dead by the railroad tracks in Armstrong?

Mounties won't comment on the technique, except to say that it "is not legislatively permitted because of privacy." However, according to a government report, RCMP representatives have lobbied for the right to use familial DNA searches.

Some privacy advocates have argued that the method would turn convicts into "genetic informants" against their own relatives, and that it would unfairly target minorities, who tend to be disproportionately represented in the criminal system.

In a speech last year, Assistant Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier said that she won't support introducing the technique and needs to see more evidence that familial DNA searching can actually catch criminals.

"Are we comfortable with the deliberate targeting of presumed innocent people, whose DNA has never been subject to inclusion in the DNA databank -- a process that includes a judicial decision at the end of trial that leads to a conviction?" Bernier said.

But B.C.'s civil liberties watchdog isn't necessarily opposed to the idea. The BC Civil Liberties Association has said that it likely wouldn't protest the use of familial DNA searching as long as it's limited to investigating serious crimes like rape and murder and the information in the genetic database is tightly controlled.

The Canadian Department of Justice has said that it isn't ready to approve the technique, but the government is "actively consulting" with the provinces, police and privacy advocates on the subject.

In June 2010, a senate committee recommended that more research should be done before the technique is approved. That group suggested that justice officials "craft a provision that would balance the need to protect society, the need to protect privacy rights and the need to preserve the presumption of innocence."

But an official told the committee that "kinship analysis, while undoubtedly a hot topic, is unlikely to result in many matches because it can be highly demanding of police resources."
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 24, 2011, 11:53:43 PM

Thanks solvy. Very interesting read.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 25, 2011, 12:13:17 AM

Tips pour in after suspect sketch released in B.C. murder investigation
By Vivian Luk, Postmedia News November 24, 2011 10:06 PM 

VANCOUVER — RCMP officers have received more than 150 new tips in 24 hours after releasing a sketch of a male suspect in the murder of a British Columbia teenager.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said on Thursday that police have handled a total of 500 tips since Taylor Van Diest, 18, was murdered on Halloween night in Armstrong, B.C. It appeared to be a random attack, he said.

More than 30 investigators are working on the Van Diest case. But police still have not identified the suspect in the sketch, who is also wanted for a 2005 sexual assault in nearby Kelowna. DNA collected during the investigation of Van Diest's murder was matched to suspect DNA from the Kelowna case.

Moskaluk is urging anyone with information to come forward.

"For whatever reason that people are reluctant to come forward, we're hopeful if they have information that they do the right thing," he said. "Stranger things have happened where people have turned themselves in after committing a serious crime, and that never escapes us as a possibility that it can occur."

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, with darker skin tone. The police sketch, which is a depiction of the way he appeared in 2005, shows him to have thick eyebrows, short hair, and distinct sideburns. Police said he is about 25 or 26 years old, of stocky build, and is likely an Okanagan resident.

He might have had scratches on his face, neck and arms during the days after Van Diest was murdered, indicating that the teen had put up a struggle against her attacker.

Van Diest's beaten body was found on Halloween near railway tracks in Armstrong, B.C., after she failed to meet a friend to go trick-or-treating. Her family reported that she had stopped replying to text messages, and that her last message said she was being "creeped." She died later in hospital from her injuries.

A letter was sent to police on Nov. 9, saying there would be further attacks. Moskaluk said there is no way to link the letter to the suspect.

"Because of the limited detail it contained about the crime, it's difficult for us to determine that it was written by the perpetrator," he said.

Moskaluk said Van Diest's murder has shaken the entire Armstrong community — which has a population of approximately 4,500 — where police are canvassing door-to-door.

"They've knocked on a lot of doors, they've talked to upwards of 2,000 people," he said. "We're not leaving any stone unturned."

Vancouver Province

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Tips+pour+after+suspect+sketch+released+murder+investigation/5763758/story.html (http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Tips+pour+after+suspect+sketch+released+murder+investigation/5763758/story.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on November 25, 2011, 03:26:27 PM
http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=50&languageId=1&contentId=21991
This is the RCMP update. I have quoted some new material from it - at least I don't believe we have it on this thread.

We believe the suspect is a resident of the Okanagan Valley. He was a resident of the Okanagan in the spring of 2005 and he was still a resident on Halloween night of this year. It is possible he lived outside of the valley for a period of time from 2005 until 2011.

Although we believe he is a resident of the Okanagan he may have made an unplanned, sudden or unexplained departure from the area shortly after the murder on Halloween night of this year in Armstrong.

This individual may be financially dependent on others or collecting social assistance.
AND
We once again ask that the general public remain vigilant and continue to take extra personal safety precautions in our communities, particularly in the Central and North Okanagan.

We recommend traveling in a group; or asking parents or friends for a ride. Travel areas of the community that have good visibility. Let family or friends know where you are going and when you expect to arrive. If you have a cell phone carry it. Report any suspicious activity right away.
 /jb
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 26, 2011, 11:19:14 AM


RCMP: Tips pouring in in-connection to murder of Taylor Van Diest
VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980)
James Lewis | Email news tips to james.lewis@corusent.com
11/25/2011


It's another weekend of uncertainty in the town of Armstrong, as investigators desperately try to find the killer of 18-year old Taylor Van Diest.

RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk says tips have been pouring in, ever since the release of a composite sketch of the man believed to be the killer.

"From what I have seen coming in and speaking with investigators, we're probably closer to the 200 mark, if not over the 200 mark at this time. So the tips do continue to come in, and again, there's other investigational tasking that the members continue on with their work at-hand."

Although police are now connecting Taylor's death to the 2005 sexual assault of a Kelowna escort, Moskaluk says no other cold cases are being re-visited so far.

http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1577493 (http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1577493)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on December 08, 2011, 10:46:49 AM

RCMP Still Looking For Big Break
Van Diest tips still coming in
Betty Selin
12/8/2011


RCMP are still looking for their big break in the murder of 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest in Armstrong Halloween night.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says the tips are still coming in since they released a composite drawing a couple of weeks ago.
They have received more than 300 tips.

The suspect has been linked to DNA from an unsolved Kelowna sexual assault in 2005, but has still not been identified.

http://www.am1150.ca/News/Local/Vernon/Story.aspx?ID=1583424 (http://www.am1150.ca/News/Local/Vernon/Story.aspx?ID=1583424)

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS MAN? A DEDICATED TIP LINE HAS BEEN SET UP AT 1-888-688-4264.

click to enlarge
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on December 14, 2011, 02:03:48 PM
Check this out! seeking more details..
http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-68464--.htm#68464 (http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-68464--.htm#68464)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: solvy on December 14, 2011, 02:17:12 PM
Wow D1  striking resemblance to the sketch!   Was he out at the time of Taylor's murder?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on December 14, 2011, 02:33:44 PM
Hi, still trying o find info. Corrections Canada isn't really forthcoming, Police aren't giving out too much yet but? Timing and similarities ...

No one is saying there is any connection, just questioning it all right now..
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on December 14, 2011, 03:22:03 PM
A very dangerous guy! However, I don't see the connection to Taylor.
JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on December 14, 2011, 04:35:51 PM
Question...if he's been in custody would his DNA be on file?  I don't see a resemblance.  The guy in the sketch has a more "square" bone bone structure and a stronger chin and his nose is straight with slighly flared nostils.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: eyeswideopen on December 14, 2011, 04:37:09 PM
sorry to differ but it says theirf a item that could be used as  weapon so in my opinion anything is possible he might have stole a cigarette lighter and had a hockey stick in his hand when the police can have seen that kind of thing happen before , I found the article evasive.  He also isnt very big only 5.4 and 170 I think taylor would have been able to put up a hell of a fight against some one that size JMO
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on December 14, 2011, 07:50:50 PM
I think this perp mentioned is too old to be the perp in Taylor's murder.   
From reading the article on Darcy Lenko, he is 47 and had been in trouble of theft and weapons for dangerous purposes, in my eyes, this is not related to Taylor's murder.  I was thinking the weapon could even be something like "brass knuckles"; would they fall in that category I wonder,  eyeswideopen?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: art-hu on December 14, 2011, 08:19:52 PM
This guy has changed his looks by now.   Someone that's good on a computer could , ........ see him with a little longer hair and those side stripes gone. He likely has changed his facial hair, it's winter and he might be growing a beard. He's going to do all he can to change his looks.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on December 14, 2011, 08:35:32 PM
I agree, he has probably/definitely changed the sideburn thingys.  The Police said the Perp probably had scratches on him from the crime...someone must have seen these scratches...they need to come forward and give the Police their suspicions/knowledge.  I think someone out there is trying to avoid the horrible truth, by not turning in someone they love. 
Whoever did this crime needs to be found sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: eyeswideopen on December 14, 2011, 09:21:54 PM
jobo sure brass knuckle are a weapon and in ont at least they are actually illegal to have.  But I suppose any thing can be a weapon.  I recall the big right up in the news paper when a guy was charged in North Bay lol they were my neighbors and were fighting not sure what happened if he hit her or not but any way the police were called and at the time they arrived his was sweeping the front porch to cool off his temper.  Well he waved the broom at them and told them to get lost that every thing was okay.  So that was considered a weapon the broom I mean.  I was sitting on my porch reading when this all happened.  lol He got charged with threatening the police with a weapon.  So I think anything can be considered a weapon depending on how it is used lol. JMO
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on December 14, 2011, 11:22:31 PM
I don't know where to post this, the warning was from the same Police department from the same area where Taylor was killed. Seemed a bit of a resemblance but way older in my eyes. But we are comparing to a sketch made from another crime about 6 years back. Maybe the guy aged or looks a bit older than thought and not at all like the original sketch anymore?

Anyway, Canada wide warrants should be posted where? I have no idea how to transfer this wherever it should go either..
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on December 14, 2011, 11:53:26 PM

Perhaps a section in General Discussion where we post Canada wide warrants? We have a lot of readers who may recognize someone if we post a picture.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on December 15, 2011, 12:38:54 AM
Ok put it in general, will leave this here too. Not like they don't want anyone to know or to watch for this guy.

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on December 15, 2011, 12:58:38 PM
The point I would like to leave about this was that the sketch we are seeing is from a case 6 years back. The sketch did not produce a suspect then even when it was fresh. Even if the sketch was fairly accurate then, I suspect the culprit would have changed his appearance significantly since. Keeping attention and perspective focused on that sketch alone narrows the range of possibilities, possibly even to the exclusion of being able to recognize him now.

There is also the possibility that the original victim 6 years back whether by traumatization, intoxication, fear, or even a personal reason, may not have given an accurate depiction then.

The sketch did not produce and isn't likely to produce results now. Have to look at it in other broader ways imo.

The example posted, is likely too far out of the realm, but nothing should be overlooked. We have discussed sketches before and have seen how they varied from the eventual suspect when arrested. Ross Kleman when arrested for Emily Stauffer's murder was a decade older than thought or portrayed. just something to keep in mind.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on December 15, 2011, 06:31:00 PM
This composite drawing is from the sexual assault that happened at the Garden of Eden Escort Agency in Kelowna in 2005.  I am/was assuming that this composite from 2005 would be fairly accurate, since the attack happened inside the Agency.  I am/was assuming there was more than one witness to what this Perp looked like,  I do agree D1, the Victim could be too traumatized etc. to give a good description, but I was hoping there was other people that saw this guy in 2005.
That being said....the composite does show a fairly young looking guy, and he is described as being in his 20's.   
The picture of this other perp arrested for weapons charges etc.....he would have been 40ish in 2005 and looks his age (47 now).

In my opinion the perp that murdered Taylor will be still young looking....30ish, but could very well have changed his appearance since 2005.   You're right, the original composite sketch didn't produce any leads. 

The perp that murdered Taylor should have had scratches on him.....somebody saw that, and needs to come forward.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on December 15, 2011, 06:55:08 PM
That is a very good point jobo, I had assumed the opposite as it was a rape and assumed it was completed in private with no witnesses hence the dna evidence left. Way different and much more compelling if more than one person saw the perp then and contributed to the sketch.

Kelowna escort service office may be little more than a small back room or even a private residence with a phone. I don't know the particulars here. 

Quote
I am/was assuming there was more than one witness to what this Perp looked like,  I do agree D1, the Victim could be too traumatized etc. to give a good description, but I was hoping there was other people that saw this guy in 2005.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on December 15, 2011, 08:28:03 PM
I too, would have thought an Escort Agency just sets up "dates" for their girls to go on, but the wording of the article says the attack happened inside the Agency.  I still could be wrong though, there may have been only one witness, the Victim.   
Like you say, D1, we don't know the particulars to what kind of set up the Garden Of Eden has. 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on December 19, 2011, 08:30:51 PM
I haven't gone in to confirm but it appears there may be something to that jobo. How did the guy get away with it under these conditions though? May not have been the same set up back then but interesting. What all did he do to constitute rape, forget to pay? I doubt it, had to be more to it than that. Anyone care to give a call for details?
http://www.gardenofedenbc.com/services.php (http://www.gardenofedenbc.com/services.php)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: art-hu on December 19, 2011, 09:18:14 PM
Composite sketch of the perp; post #50, when you blow it up take a good look at his eyes. He may not look the same because he has changed his facial hair, but you won't forget his eyes. I think the composite sketch artist payed particular attention to the description given of his eyes.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on December 19, 2011, 09:24:43 PM
I felt the same when looking at the composite sketch, art. It seems the artist did a good job of capturing the look in the perps eyes. That stands out to me. 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on December 20, 2011, 10:32:18 PM
http://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/news/130577463.html

This assault took place a month before about 2 hours away. Note that the man had dark eyes and was about 5' 8". Could it be the same suspect?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on December 20, 2011, 11:51:15 PM
Leon, good post - a possible that is for sure.
Also kindly look at the following guy (I posted this earlier and now it is gone)
Let me know what you think.
http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/133817163.html

JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on December 21, 2011, 11:12:50 AM
Jellybean: Nope that guy you posted is 6 foot 2 and the suspect we are looking for is more like 5 foot 8. I thought I posted something which is also deleted that points out how suspect sketches can throw people off. It's more important to look at the features that cannot be disguised such as height for example. If an artists gets a missing person or suspect sketch slightly wrong then we are all looking for the wrong things.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on December 21, 2011, 11:17:08 AM


I didn't delete that post leonagleant. Not sure what happened, as I didn't see it either.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on December 27, 2011, 12:04:56 PM
Leon...that guy sounds exactly like I would expect the perp in Taylor's case to look like.  He has that "trendiness" that echoes the sideburns which are probably long gone but not the style sense.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on December 27, 2011, 09:43:32 PM
Exactly. That's what I was thinking Life. Your average small town guy does not go in for the heavy sideburns. He might be someone who is known in the so-called skateboard community (or is that just an urban phenomenon) or have an interest in following music for example.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on December 27, 2011, 11:51:03 PM
I agree Leon....I think the witness from the attack you posted about could help in this investigation.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on December 28, 2011, 12:55:13 AM
Well thanks for the encouragement. I'll report this to a tips line and maybe eventually the police will get to looking into if there could be any connection, if they haven't already!
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Livelife29 on December 28, 2011, 05:25:31 PM
Excellent!  I'm one of those "got with your gut" types of people but this is more than a gut instinct.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on December 30, 2011, 04:22:19 PM
Murder case leads to Cherryville
by Contributed - Story: 69109
Dec 30, 2011 / 10:29 am
 
RCMP have confirmed that they were in Cherryville to investigate a lead in the Halloween murder of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says no arrests have been made at this time.

"The RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit continue their efforts in advancing the investigation into the murder of Taylor Van Diest. Officers have been   present in numerous communities through B.C., including Cherryville."

My Vally Sun, a media outlet in Lumby, reported on December 28 that an arrest was made in Cherryville in connection with the murder of Van Diest. Moskaluk is refuting this claim and made it clear no arrest was made in Cherryville.

RCMP are looking for a suspect who stands 5' 8" to 5' 10", had a stocky build but not particularly fit or muscular, had large distinct sideburns and thick eyebrows.

Anybody with any information is asked to call the tip line set up for the Van Diest homicide at 1-888-688-4264 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-69109-26-.htm (http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-69109-26-.htm)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on December 31, 2011, 12:57:04 PM
Possible that the tips are paying off.
http://www.castanet.net/news/North-Okanagan/69109/Murder-case-leads-to-Cherryville (http://www.castanet.net/news/North-Okanagan/69109/Murder-case-leads-to-Cherryville)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Concerned on January 28, 2012, 05:45:24 PM
Quote
Thursday, November 24th, 2011 | Posted by Yehonathan Tommer
DNA evidence links Taylor Van Diest homicide to unsolved 2005 Kelowna assault

ARMSTRONG, BC – Forensic specialists are convinced that the DNA evidence collected in the homicide of Taylor Van Diest matches the DNA of a suspect unknown killer in an unsolved Kelowna sexual assault in April 2005, police announced at a news conference on Wednesday.

Detectives at the Armstrong RCMP have released a composite drawing of the suspect as he looked in 2005. They are now asking anyone with information about his identity to contact police via the dedicated tip line 1-888-688-4264

“The suspect DNA sample is not listed with the known offender DNA data bank, but detectives can confirm the match and are working hard to identify this man,” said Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

“Based on this DNA evidence we believe that the man who killed Taylor Van Diest is the same man who sexually assaulted a Kelowna woman in April of 2005.”

The victim of a sexual assault on April 12, 2005 was an existing employee of the Garden of Eden Escort Agency, and the attack occurred at the agency in downtown Kelowna, said Moskaluk.

The suspect is described as a dark skinned Caucasian male, between 25 and 26 years of age, 5’8″ to 5’10″ tall, stocky build, with brown eyes and short dark hair. In 2005 the suspect had large distinct side burns and noticeably thick eyebrows.

Police believe that the suspect at the time of the Kelowna assault, resides in Okanagan Valley where he still lives today, though he may have lived elsewhere between 2005 and Halloween night 2011.

They are appealing to his friends, family or associates to come forward with information to that could explain any unusual aspects of his appearance, behaviour, stress, financial worries, or absence from school or work since the merrymaking night of Halloween that could help police solve these crimes.
http://www.vancouverite.com/2011/11/24/dna-evidence-links-taylor-van-diest-homicide-to-unsolved-2005-kelowna-assault/

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on February 15, 2012, 02:20:45 PM
Taylor's murder remains unsolved and the suspect is still walking around. This is the second time (that we know about) that this guy has attacked. This time it was murder.

The suspect has been linked to DNA from an unsolved Kelowna sexual assault in 2005, but has still not been identified.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS MAN? A DEDICATED TIP LINE HAS BEEN SET UP AT 1-888-688-4264.

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Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on March 05, 2012, 09:14:27 AM
Tragedy support group initiated in Armstrong

By Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star
Published: March 04, 2012 1:00 AM


Armstrong’s Okanagan Boys and Girls Club has asked city council for support in forming a group it hopes will never have to be used.

Club directors Jack Whelpley and Merran Davies hope to form a group that can help the community deal with an unfathomable tragedy such as the one that occurred Halloween night, when 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest was found assaulted and seriously injured near the Rosedale Avenue railroad tracks.

Van Diest died that night in Kelowna hospital, and her death remains an unsolved homicide.

“The entire community has been impacted by what happened,” said Whelpley. “It left a lot of people trying to cope, trying to figure out what we can do in a situation like this.”

While plans have been made for any number of contingencies or emergencies, murder is one thing there was no plan for, said Whelpley, adding the Boys and Girls Club is one of the most logical social agencies within the community to help spearhead an initiative to be better prepared should something like what happened Halloween night happen again.

“God forbid it does happen again,” said Whelpley.

The idea is to form a planning group made up of club directors, city council and North Okanagan-Shuswap School District officials, Interior Health and RCMP representatives, as well as the faith community, and develop an appropriate plan that is outside of any of the other types of services available in the community.

The Boys and Girls Club met with three different advisory groups in November and December: business advisory, student advisory and parent advisory asking questions in regards to the Halloween tragedy.

“We looked at the challenges and priorities, and what kind of resources might be available,” said Davies.

Among the suggestions were a town hall meeting to come together and debrief and ask questions, get some information on resources and share concerns.

“Others suggested more daytime activities, having more knowledge about what resources are available and support for the parents,” said Davies.

Whelpley said his agency saw counsellors who weren’t called in after the Van Diest homicide whose expertise could have been used.

“When the day comes when the individual (suspect) is caught, it will have another rippling effect through this community, and I’d like to see us better prepared if something like that happens again,” he said. “I hope it’s never used.”

Council unanimously supported a motion to have Armstrong staff work with the club in the formation of such a planning group.

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/community/141245093.html (http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/community/141245093.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: disturbed in quesnel on April 04, 2012, 04:52:39 PM
RCMP call news conference for Van Diest murder update
 

Police have called a news conference for Thursday at 1 p.m. for an investigation update in connection with the 2011 Halloween night homicide of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest (pictured).
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■Letter writer claims responsibility for Taylor Van Diest death
■Armstrong murder case generates tips
■DNA in Armstrong murder matches Kelowna 2005 sexual assault
■Community cautious following teen’s death
■Few leads in Armstrong tragedy
■Still no suspect in Armstrong death
By Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star
Published: April 04, 2012 3:00 PM
Updated: April 04, 2012 3:39 PM

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit will host a news conference Thursday in order to update the public regarding the Taylor Van Diest homicide investigation.



The 18-year-old Armstrong girl was attacked Halloween night with her injured body being found by family and friends near the Rosedale Avenue railways tracks. She died in Kelowna General Hospital that night.



The news conference will take place at 1 p.m. in the City of Armstrong council chambers.



In a news release, the police are asking for the media's cooperation and are advising that details regarding this update will not be discussed prior to the media conference due to the current and sensitive status of the investigation.



See Friday's Morning Star for details from the news conference.

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on April 05, 2012, 12:43:36 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/04/05/bc-taylor-diest-homcide.html?cmp=rss



2 suspects arrested in Taylor van Diest death
 
Family member tells CBC they were informed of the arrests by the RCMP
 
CBC News

Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:57 AM PT

Last Updated: Apr 5, 2012 11:28 AM PT
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Taylor Van Diest died in hospital after she was beaten last Halloween night in Armstrong, B.C. (Facebook)

The RCMP have arrested two suspects in the death of Taylor van Diest in Armstrong last Halloween, a family member told CBC News.
 
Police have not yet publicly confirmed the arrest, but they have called a news conference Thursday afternoon in Armstrong, B.C. to provide an update on the homicide of van Diest.
 
The 18-year-old Kamloops woman was attacked Oct. 31 while she was walking down some railway tracks to a friend's place in Armstrong, about 70 kilometres north of Kelowna. She was later found by friends but died in hospital.
 
A composite sketch of a suspect was released by police last November after they used DNA to connect van Diest's death to a sexual assault against an escort in Kelowna in 2005.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on April 05, 2012, 02:47:04 PM
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Father+arrested+slaying+teen+Taylor+Diest/6417930/story.html


Father and son arrested in slaying of B.C. teen Taylor Van Diest
 
Mathew Forester, 26, was arrested at a hotel in Collingwood, Ont., on April 4, the same day his father Stephen Roy Forester was arrested at his home in Cherryville, B.C.


Mathew is facing charges of second-degree murder and sexual assault. Steven, 58, faces charges of obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to murder. Both remain in custody.


Mathew Forester has also been charged with sexual assault in a 2005 attack on an escort in Kelowna, B.C.


RCMP said Thursday they obtained warrants for the pair on April 3 as part of their investigation into the death of Van Diest, 18, who was found beaten and unconscious near railway tracks last Halloween night.


She died later that night in hospital of head injuries.


Family, friends and RCMP officers found the teen lying in the bushes about three metres from the tracks.


Van Diest's family called police on Halloween night after she failed to meet a friend to go trick-or-treating at 7:30 p.m. and wasn't responding to text messages.


A letter was sent to the RCMP on Nov. 9 warning there would be further attacks. While RCMP worked to verify if the letter was legitimate or a hoax, more than 30 investigators worked the case.


Suspect DNA collected during the investigation was matched to suspect DNA from a 2005 sexual assault in Kelowna.


© Copyright (c) The Province
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on April 05, 2012, 02:58:17 PM
Very good news! Rumour around Cherryville was that the suspect was hiding in Mexico and that his father had been aiding him to make his escape. Interesting that he was picked up in Ontario. And yaa, DAD is facing charges as well.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 05, 2012, 03:26:58 PM

Great news that this pair has been arrested! Glad that Dad is also facing charges.

On December 30, 2011 Castanet printed an article (reply #80) which stated that RCMP had been in Cherryville investigating a lead. I wonder if it's taken this long to get everything in order to make an arrest?

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-69109-26-.htm (http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-69109-26-.htm)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on April 05, 2012, 03:36:03 PM
There was the dna aspect to all of this. It will be quite educational to hear how all of that played out with testing procedures and waiting times, warrant approval, etc. , Many other cases seem to have just gone silent and stayed that way after testing was announced. It is always good to see one make it past that stage and to be followed up with charges. Many will be interested how this came about for Taylor.

But excellent excellent news..
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on April 05, 2012, 03:40:53 PM
My family and I spent many wonderful summer vacations, and other holidiys at Sugar Lake just outside of Cherryville.
This is a very small community, close to Vernon and Kelowna.
I would think that gossip in Cherryville would have been very thick, and the RCMP love to keep their ears close to the ground and listen to gossip.
Wonderful job done! Only 6 months and the RCMP made these arrests.  Wonderful news!! Here, DNA played an important part in clinching it, which is not always the case in crimes.!!
Excellent police work on the part of the RCMP.

JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 05, 2012, 03:44:07 PM
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There was the dna aspect to all of this. It will be quite educational to hear how all of that played out with testing procedures and waiting times, warrant approval, etc.

It would be interesting and educational to hear how all of that played out.

We now know that it was Mathew Forester's DNA that was found at the 2005 sexual assault and eventually what  lead police to tie him to Taylor's murder. I wonder if there is more yet to come on all the years in between 2005 and 2011?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Have faith on April 05, 2012, 05:01:12 PM
Good police work nailing this guy, and his father.  I wonder why he isn't being charged with first degree murder.  Does that suggest he wasn't the person who wrote to LE saying he would attack again?  That message denotes premeditation IMO.

A quote by James C. Morton, Past President of the Ontario Bar Association:

"First degree murder includes a killing while committing or attempting to commit sexual assault".


Hf
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: SAP on April 05, 2012, 08:16:37 PM
Great news! Imagine father and son duo ... how disgusting what some parents will do! 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Shadow Girl on April 05, 2012, 11:28:24 PM
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20120405/father-and-son-charged-in-halloween-murder-120405/

charged in a third case - 2004 home invasion
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 05, 2012, 11:52:19 PM
Arrests in Taylor Van Diest killing give family some peace
sunny dhillon
VANCOUVER— From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 05, 2012 4:15PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Apr. 05, 2012 10:41PM EDT


It was the day Marie Van Diest had hoped and prayed for ever since her 18-year-old daughter Taylor was killed on her way to a Halloween party in the northern Okanagan community of Armstrong.

“Today is a day filled with mixed emotions. We can finally direct our anger at a face,” the grieving mother said during a police news conference to announce arrests in the case. “Now I know what evil looks like.”

Taylor was found badly beaten and unconscious last October and died of her injuries. The RCMP have not disclosed her exact cause of death.

Shortly before she was attacked, Taylor sent a text message to her boyfriend in which she said she was “being creeped,” but provided no other details, according to her best friend.

Her death sent shockwaves through the community of 5,000. Police urged the public to remain vigilant and to take extra safety precautions. Mayor Chris Pieper attended Thursday’s news conference in Armstrong and said the community changed the day Taylor was slain.

“We have become more cautious, sort of lost our innocence,” he said.

The teen’s mother, flanked during the tearful news conference by Taylor’s uncle and twin sister, said now that arrests have been made “perhaps we can all begin the healing process.”

Mounties have said Taylor left her home around 5:50 p.m. She walked for 10 minutes, until she reached a set of railroad tracks near Rosedale Avenue. The last contact she had with friends was the 6 p.m. text. At 7:30 p.m., her cellphone was found near the tracks and RCMP were notified of her disappearance. Friends and family began searching and found Taylor at 8:45 p.m., less than one kilometre from her home.

Matthew Stephen Foerster, 26, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder. Police said they had trouble locating Mr. Foerster over the past few months, but he was arrested Wednesday at a motel in Collingwood, Ont.

His 58-year-old father Roy has also been charged, with one count of obstruction of justice and one count of accessory after the fact to murder. The father was taken into custody at his home in Cherryville, about 75 kilometres southeast of Armstrong. The younger Mr. Foerster formerly lived in Cherryville.

The RCMP, citing the fact the cases are now before the courts, said little about the slaying itself Thursday. They did note, though, that there is no evidence Taylor knew the man charged with killing her.

“I will say that at the very beginning stages of this investigation it was an absolute mystery,” said RCMP Inspector Brendan Fitzpatrick, operations officer for the E Division major crime section. “There was very little evidence. It was very distressing the way it took place. And the amount of information that was available at the time to work on – at some points, our investigation team were extremely concerned about the fact that there was hardly any starting point.”

About two weeks after the killing, police received an anonymous letter from someone claiming responsibility for Taylor’s death. The letter threatened further violence against women. Insp. Fitzpatrick said the source of the letter is still under investigation.

Later that month, RCMP announced they had linked DNA collected from Taylor’s death to the unsolved 2005 sexual assault of a Kelowna woman. A sketch was released of the suspect at that time, and although police wouldn’t disclose how pivotal a role that played in the investigation, they did note the public identified numerous people who fit the description.

During Thursday’s news conference, police announced Mr. Foerster has been charged with sexual assault and unlawful confinement in connection with the Kelowna case.

He was also charged with possession of a break-in instrument, breaking and entering commit an indictable offence, and assault with a weapon in connection with a home invasion in Cherryville in 2004.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/father-and-son-arrested-in-bc-teen-slaying/article2393365/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2393365 (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/father-and-son-arrested-in-bc-teen-slaying/article2393365/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2393365)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on April 06, 2012, 03:48:49 AM
http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/father-son-arrested-in-taylor-van-diests-death


I added this article because it shows what the Suspect looks like.  I am glad the Cops have done a great job and arrested someone.  Just a little disturbed to know he was here in Ontario.  I wonder if he is connected to any of the UNsolved crimes in Ontario.  He ended up in Collingwood, so was he going back and forth between BC and Ontario, or did he just run to Ontario to hide?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 06, 2012, 08:41:03 AM

Thanks jobo. I've posted the picture of the suspect as well as the composite.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Annastaisha on April 06, 2012, 02:31:46 PM
I am impressed because he really and truly does look like the witness description/artist rendering. Not always is that the case.
Good police work and I am glad that he will be held responsible. I am also very impressed that his father is getting charged too. We need to send a clear message about helping those who commit these horrific crimes.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on April 06, 2012, 06:08:00 PM
Jobo, Yes it is disturbing as to how he ended up in Collingwood Ont, when he was from Cherryville, BC. Perhaps he had relatives there?  Don't know.  One thing that struck me many times, is to how we seem to trade murderers, rapists, etc.  The Eastern perp heads West, and the Western perps head East.  Always to get as far away as possible from their crimes. Rather like an underground Interprovincial free trade agreement? ;)
Yes, it is imperative for LE to know if other crimes were committed in Ontario by this man. He had stated by way of a letter, that there would be others.

Super Scary, as to how " they" move around.

Question, did I hear correctly on the newscast that Taylor knew him?

JB

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Mom on April 06, 2012, 06:55:07 PM

Collingwood is only about 40 minutes from Shelley Loder's house in Mono Mills.  Wonder if he knows the area?
Orangeville is then only a couple of minutes down the road.... wonder what size his feet are?


(when studying the attached photo, the perspective is slightly different - the two actual photos are both taken looking UP to him, that's why we're getting the double chin effect and a broader nostril than what is probably accurate.  The sketch is done straight-on eye level.)

Is my imagination running away with me....?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Annastaisha on April 06, 2012, 07:39:36 PM
JB - the last news report I heard said that they dont believe Taylor knew him.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on April 06, 2012, 08:23:43 PM
Interesting photo comparison Mom but the dates? Have yet to hear who he was staying with and when or who he knew out in Ontario.

I have never heard of any connection between him and Taylor either and so far it seems a completely random attack. Bizarre way of operating and good thing he was stopped. 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on April 06, 2012, 08:44:57 PM
This man's unusual facial hair style and his DNA played a role in catching him for sure. As for the police sketch, it wouldn't have helped anyone find him apart from the geometric styling of the sideburns which also evoke the trendy beard only look in the photo. The sketch with sideburns that was circulated to help solve the murder looks like it is of someone of mixed race with very broad nostrils and a strong chin, whereas Foerster (sometimes reported as Forester?) had gained a fair bit of weight over the years apparently but still has a fairly small nose. 

The lengthy article suggests that Taylor either had a twin sister (which I have never read before) or was it saying her uncle had a twin sister? In which case wouldn't that be her aunt? Unclear reporting.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 06, 2012, 09:36:45 PM
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The lengthy article suggests that Taylor either had a twin sister (which I have never read before) or was it saying her uncle had a twin sister? In which case wouldn't that be her aunt? Unclear reporting.

Taylor had a twin sister whom I saw on a news broadcast very shortly after her murder.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Mom on April 06, 2012, 09:44:10 PM

pic of Taylor and her twin sister, Kirstie.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 06, 2012, 09:52:47 PM
from D1:
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Interesting photo comparison Mom but the dates? Have yet to hear who he was staying with and when or who he knew out in Ontario.

Mathew was arrested at a hotel according to the quote below, which was taken from an earlier news article. Nothing saying whether he was actually checked in there. I've not read anything yet that says whether he knew anyone there. Perhaps he was only in Ontario to get as far away from this crime as he could.

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Mathew Forester, 26, was arrested at a hotel in Collingwood, Ont., on April 4, the same day his father Stephen Roy Forester was arrested at his home in Cherryville, B.C.

Quote
I have never heard of any connection between him and Taylor either and so far it seems a completely random attack. Bizarre way of operating and good thing he was stopped.

I read somewhere in one of these articles that there was no apparent connection between Taylor and Mathew Forester.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on April 07, 2012, 08:58:52 PM
Thanks Debbie. How devastating to lose a twin sister like this.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on April 07, 2012, 09:25:44 PM
They did keep Taylor's sister out of the spotlight and likely for very good reason at the time. This will have been very very tough for her but thankfully the person was caught.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 10, 2012, 09:44:30 PM
Man charged in Taylor Van Diest’s murder appears in court
 
By Don Plant, Kelowna Daily Courier April 10, 2012 6:11 PM


The man charged with the second-degree murder of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest was booked into the Kelowna RCMP’s cell block on Friday evening after police transported him from Ontario. He waited more than three days before he appeared in ankle shackles in a Kelowna courtroom Tuesday morning.

Despite the lack of amenities — no reading material, exercise or TV — the 26-year-old Cherryville man looked thinner and healthier than the image of him police distributed after his arrest last Wednesday.

Clean-shaven and with short, dark hair, Foerster stood straight with arms by his side wearing a grey T-shirt in the prisoner’s dock. Two sheriffs were in the courtroom while two more waited outside.

The court appearance was Foerster’s first since prosecutors approved charges alleging that he killed Van Diest in Armstrong on Halloween and committed two violent assaults on women in 2004 and 2005.

When Judge Anne Wallace read aloud each charge and asked him if he understood, he softly answered yes each time.

Foerster’s case was adjourned to May 10, when he’ll appear in a Kelowna court by video from Kamloops jail.

He’s detained unless he makes bail in a separate hearing in BC Supreme Court.

Darren Kautz, a Vernon lawyer, is representing Foerster, but asked a Kelowna lawyer to appear as his agent. Kautz couldn’t be reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.

Taylor was walking to a friend’s place when she sent a phone text saying “I’m being creeped.”

The 18-year-old was attacked near an unlit section of railway tracks and later died in hospital of head injuries.

Police suspect Foerster attacked a sex-trade worker at the Garden of Eden Escort Agency in downtown Kelowna in April 2005. He’s charged with sexually assaulting her with a weapon and confining her against her will.

He’s also charged in connection with a home invasion in Cherryville in late 2004. He’s accused of wearing a face mask when he broke into a 19-year-old woman’s bedroom as she slept.

He’s charged with assault causing bodily harm and unlawful confinement.

Police arrested Foerster in Collingwood, Ont. last week.

His father Stephen Roy Foerster, who lives in Cherryville, is charged with obstruction and being an accessory to murder in Taylor’s case.

He’s being held at Kamloops jail and appears in court by video on Wednesday in Vernon.

Crown counsel Iain Currie is prosecuting the case.

He won a manslaughter conviction last fall against Neil Snelson, who killed 19-year-old Jennifer Cusworth in Kelowna in 1993.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/charged+Taylor+Diest+murder+appears+court/6437811/story.html (http://www.theprovince.com/news/charged+Taylor+Diest+murder+appears+court/6437811/story.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 12, 2012, 09:38:59 AM
Father charged as accessory in Taylor Van Diest's murder appears in court
 
By Natalie Appleton, Special to The Province April 11, 2012
 

Minutes after seeing her husband’s pale face on a video screen in a Vernon courtroom Wednesday, Deb Foerster was caught on camera hitting a photographer with her purse.

Stephen Foerster was arrested seven days ago and charged with obstruction of justice and accessory to murder after the fact in the Halloween death of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest.

One of Foerster’s supporters, an unidentified man, left the courthouse with Deb Foerster out a side door. At the sight of the cameras, the pair stopped. The man covered Deb Foerster with his coat, and they continued walking along the sidewalk outside the courthouse.

Seconds later, TV cameras caught her lunging toward a newspaper photographer and hitting him with her purse. Meanwhile, CTV videographer Curtis Allen was allegedly attacked by the male.

“He grabbed me and tried to push me out of his way,” Allen said in a Twitter post, adding he wasn’t harmed.

The male supporter then strode towards Deb Foerster, saying “That’s enough.” She yelled “F--- off,” and the pair carried on pacing up the sidewalk with the male’s coat around her head.

Deb Foerster had been quiet but teary after the sheriff led her husband away from the video link court appearance camera.

With tired, downcast eyes, the 58-year-old Cherryville man had agreed not to have any contact with his son, Matthew Stephen Foerster, also being held at the Kamloops Correctional Centre. The 26-year-old, who was arrested at an Ontario motel April 4, is charged with second-degree murder in the Oct. 31, 2011 death of 18-year-old Van Diest. Her fatally beaten body was found by family and RCMP near the railway tracks when she failed to meet a friend to go trick-or-treating.

Five months later, Stephen Foerster sat upright, hands still and cuffed on his lap as his lawyer, Bill Firman, asked for another week to review his client’s charges.

Firman, a former Coldstream councillor, said he spoke to Foerster on the phone for the first time following his arrest and hasn’t spent enough time with his client to say how he’s faring behind bars.

“Getting charged with a crime is not a happy event, so of course he’s going to be feeling the blues about the whole thing,” Firman said.

Some residents in the North Okanagan were shocked when police announced the father and son had been arrested last week; for months locals had been wondering who could have killed “a beautiful, special girl,” according to Van Diest’s friends. Others, who saw the sketch police released last fall of a man with dark eyes and sideburns, were not surprised.

“Well, when the sketch came out ... anybody that knew Matt said that’s who it was, by the sketch,” said Eugene Foisy, a Cherryville director with the Regional District of North Okanagan. He told the CBC the sketch artist must have been good.

“When they did make the announcement, we weren’t surprised because they had been looking for him.”

The composite drawing of Matthew Foerster was created following an attack at Kelowna’s Garden of Eden escort agency on April 12, 2005. As a result of that incident, he is also charged with one count of sexual assault and unlawful confinement. Matthew is also facing charges in connection with an alleged home invasion in Cherryville on Oct. 19, 2004, involving a 19-year-old woman.

Matthew made his first court appearance in Kelowna Tuesday before being transferred to cells in Kamloops. While his son has no previous criminal record, RCMP have said that Stephen Foerster was “known to police.”

When the judge asked if he was comfortable having no contact with his son as well as Lee and Richard Shawcross, Stephen replied, “I am.” Firman wouldn’t speak about any details related to the case.

“I just don’t know anything about it,” he said outside the Vernon courthouse. “I haven’t gotten into the nitty gritty.”

Stephen will appear in Vernon court again April 18. Matthew will next appear in court May 10.

RCMP are still asking for the public’s help in the case. Anyone with information about Matthew’s whereabouts on Halloween night or in the five months preceding his arrest is asked to contact the tip line at 1-888-688-4264.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Father+charged+accessory+Taylor+Diest+murder+appears+court/6443402/story.html (http://www.theprovince.com/news/Father+charged+accessory+Taylor+Diest+murder+appears+court/6443402/story.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on April 12, 2012, 12:30:49 PM
Quote from Post above "When the judge asked if he was comfortable having no contact with his son as well as Lee and Richard Shawcross, Stephen replied, “I am.” Firman wouldn’t speak about any details related to the case." unquote
Who is Lee and Richard Shawcross? Does anyone know?

JB

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 19, 2012, 02:40:40 PM
  I wonder why he isn't being charged with first degree murder. 

Have Faith, I read your statement on wondering why Foerster wasn't being charged with first degree murder as per the definition of a first degree charge. I had been wondering the same thing. Charges have now been upgraded to first degree murder.   


Murder charge upgraded in Taylor Van Diest slaying

Date: Thursday Apr. 19, 2012 11:21 AM PT

The charge levelled against Matthew Foerster in the Halloween night slaying of Taylor Van Diest has been upgraded from second-degree murder to first.

Mounties announced the upgrade Thursday morning, but did not reveal whether new evidence or allegations had spurred the change.

According to the Criminal Code, murder is classified as first-degree when it is "planned and deliberate" or is committed during a sex assault or kidnapping. Murders that occur during acts of criminal harassment or intimidation are also designated first-degree. 

 Foerster, 26, was charged on April 5 in Van Diest's death as well as two unrelated attacks on women, including a 2004 assault and home invasion and a sex assault against a Kelowna escort the following year.

He faces counts of unlawful confinement, sex assault, break and enter and assault with a weapon.

Investigators are still trying to establish a timeline of Foerster's activities from December 2011 to the end of March 2012, and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Van Diest was found unconscious and fatally wounded in the bushes near the railroad tracks that run through the small Okanagan community of Armstrong on Oct. 31. The 18-year-old died a short time later.

The accused's father, 58-year-old Stephen Roy Foerster, has been charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact in the murder.

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120419/bc_foerster_van_diest_murder_upgrade_120419/20120419?hub=BritishColumbiaHome (http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120419/bc_foerster_van_diest_murder_upgrade_120419/20120419?hub=BritishColumbiaHome)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 27, 2012, 08:24:12 AM
Bail decision reserved for man charged as an accessory in murder of BC teen

Thursday, April 26, 2012 7:8 PM

VERNON, B.C. - A B.C. Supreme Court judge has reserved decision on bail for a man charged in relation to the murder of an 18-year-old woman in the North Okanagan town of Armstrong.

Fifty-eight-year-old Stephen Foerster is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the killing of Taylor Van Diest last Halloween.

The Cherryville man is also accused of obstructing justice.

Judge Frank Cole heard the Crown and defence arguments for bail Thursday, and will render a decision May 14.

Foerster's son, 26-year-old Matthew Foerster, is charged with first-degree murder in van Diest's killing.

He's also charged with sexual assault and unlawful confinement involving a Kelowna escort agency worker in 2005, and in a 2004 home invasion that injured a 19-year-old woman in Cherryville. (CKIZ)


© The Canadian Press, 2012

http://www.globaltvbc.com/bail+decision+reserved+for+man+charged+as+an+accessory+in+murder+of+bc+teen/6442629650/story.html (http://www.globaltvbc.com/bail+decision+reserved+for+man+charged+as+an+accessory+in+murder+of+bc+teen/6442629650/story.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on May 16, 2012, 09:33:52 AM
Teen's alleged killer befriended young women in Ont.

Date: Thursday May. 10, 2012 4:11 PM PT

The young man accused of stalking and murdering a B.C. teen on Halloween spent the months afterward befriending young women in a small Ontario community, CTV News has learned.

Cherryville native Matthew Foerster, 26, was arrested at a motel in Collingwood, Ont. last month and flown back to B.C. to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest. Residents of Collingwood, a small town on Georgian Bay, told CTV News they saw Foerster around town throughout the winter.

Elizabeth Erent, a 22-year-old local bartender, said she got to know Foerster when he started coming in for drinks. She said he didn't give his full name, calling himself "Matt," and didn't say where he was from.

"One day he asked me to go hiking and I wanted to.... Just glad I didn't because it was just the two of us," Erent said.

She said she was "shocked" when she learned of his arrest.

"My heart sank," she said. "It was just a very horrifying situation, honestly, because this was my ‘friend.'"

She said Foerster introduced himself as "Zack" to other people in town. The name he used on his resume when he visited the Georgian Staffing Services employment agency was "Lee Shawcross."

The real Lee Shawcross lives in the Lower Mainland and told CTV News that police have told him not to talk about the case. However, he did say that Foerster's father is a family acquaintance.

Collingwood convenience store owner Farid Arabzadah said Foerster regularly visited his shop to buy cigarettes beginning in December.

"He was always coming in December, January, February," Arabzadah said. "I've seen him with a couple of girls."

Foerster is currently being held in a Kamloops jail and is not seeking bail. His father, 58-year-old Stephen Roy Foerster, is also in custody awaiting trial on charges of obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact in connection to Van Diest's slaying.

The teen was found unconscious and fatally wounded in the bushes near the railroad tracks running through the small Okanagan community of Armstrong on Oct. 31. She died a short time later.

The younger Foerster is also facing charges in two unrelated attacks on women, including a 2004 assault and home invasion and the sex assault of a Kelowna escort the following year. None of the allegations against him or his father has been proven in court.
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120510/bc_matthew_foerster_befriended_young_women_120510/20120510/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome (http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120510/bc_matthew_foerster_befriended_young_women_120510/20120510/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Annastaisha on June 03, 2012, 02:38:16 PM
Would there be enough "criminal harassment" with him stalking her as she texted that bit to her friends? I am actually thinking that there may have been evidence or a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault as to why the charges were upgraded.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: eyeswideopen on June 03, 2012, 02:57:52 PM
It would be upgraded to first degree if he planned to kill her, or if he killed while in the act of committing another crime.  those are the reasons for first degree I believe.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on June 03, 2012, 03:07:53 PM
from an earlier news article above:
Quote
According to the Criminal Code, murder is classified as first-degree when it is "planned and deliberate" or is committed during a sex assault or kidnapping. Murders that occur during acts of criminal harassment or intimidation are also designated first-degree. 


As per the quote above, there are a few different factors that constitute first degree. We do know that police had his DNA and  using that, found that he had committed an earilier sexual assualt in 2005. We don't know where the DNA in Taylor's murder comes from. Perhaps this was a sexual assault as you have suggested Annastaisha.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Annastaisha on June 03, 2012, 05:54:05 PM
I understand the logistics behind it, I was replying to an earlier post. I dont believe there is any connection between the two prior to that Hallowe'en night.  I think he decided at the time to attack her. That is why I am speculating about the sexual assault. "Criminal Harassment" or Stalking is a hard one to prove (I know, I charged someone with it) and would also imply at some point having contact before.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on June 21, 2012, 09:09:12 PM
Man charged in teen's Halloween night beating death in court next month

Thursday, June 21, 2012 4:56 PM


KELOWNA, B.C. - The man accused in the beating death of an Armstrong, B.C., teen has had his case adjourned until next month.

Matthew Foerster made a brief court appearance by video link in provincial court Thursday in Kelowna, where Crown lawyers said they needed more time to gather information.

The 26-year-old is charged in the first-degree murder of 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest, whose body was found next to railway tracks last Halloween.

Foerster will make his next court appearance on July 5.

He also faces charges of sexual assault and unlawful confinement in Kelowna in 2005 and charges of break and enter and assault causing bodily harm stemming from an incident in Cherryville, B.C., in 2004.

His father, Stephen Foerster, is also charged in the Van Diest case with being an accessory after the fact to murder, and obstructing justice. (CKFR, The Canadian Press)


© The Canadian Press, 2012

http://www.globaltvbc.com/man+charged+in+teens+halloween+night+beating+death+in+court+next+month/6442666185/story.html (http://www.globaltvbc.com/man+charged+in+teens+halloween+night+beating+death+in+court+next+month/6442666185/story.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on July 06, 2012, 01:11:32 PM
Accused seeks trials by judge only

Published: July 06, 2012 1:00 AM
kathy michaels
Black Press


The man charged with the murder of Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest is looking to avoid a jury trial for charges relating to two of the three violent acts he allegedly committed.

In addition to the Halloween 2011 murder of Van Diest,  Matthew Foerster, who appeared via videolink in a Kelowna courtroom Thursday, faces a series of other charges from two previous episodes.

For an alleged 2004 Cherryville home invasion,  Foerster faces charges  of break and enter and assault causing bodily harm.

Foerster also faces charges of sexual assault and unlawful confinement  for a 2005 incident at Kelowna’s Garden of Eden.

In both of those matters, Foerster is willing to waive his right to a preliminary inquiry and elects for a trial by Supreme Court judge alone.

A trial date for those matters could be set as early as July 23.

For the murder of Van Diest, however, Foerster is required to be tried by a judge and jury, and an appointment to set the pretrial date was set for July 12.

It seems likely the pretrial for the Van Diest case will be held in late August, to accommodate lawyers’ schedules.

Van Diest, 18, was found beaten and unconscious near railway tracks in Armstrong.  She died that night in hospital of head injuries.

Family, friends and RCMP officers found the teen lying in the bushes about three metres from the tracks.

Van Diest’s family called police on Halloween night after she failed to meet a friend, as scheduled, at 7:30 p.m. She also wasn’t responding to text messages or calls.

Foerster was arrested at a hotel in Collingwood, Ont., April 4.

His father, Stephen Roy Foerster, was arrested at his home in Cherryville, the same day.

The 58-year-old Cherryville resident faces charges of being an accessory in van Diest’s murder and obstruction of justice.

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/161506365.html (http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/161506365.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on July 06, 2012, 01:31:25 PM
This guy has been up to no-good since at least 2004...he started his rein of terror at quite a young age.
I hope the Investigators have taken a good long look at where this sicko has been, in case there is other unsolved that he is responsible for.

I would like to know how and why he ended up in Collingwood.  And if he has been in Ontario before.

RIP Taylor.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 13, 2012, 09:51:19 PM
Armstrong trail to be built in memory of murdered teen
 
By Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star
Published: August 13, 2012 4:00 PM
Updated: August 13, 2012 4:10 PM


Some good is coming out of an Armstrong tragedy.

The City of Armstrong, in partnership with the Van Diest family and the cooperation of Kelowna Pacific Railway, has announced the creation of the Taylor Jade Van Diest Memorial Trail.

The pathway will be built in memory of 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest, who was murdered in the city Halloween night 2011.

“The Van Diest family initiated discussions with Kelowna Pacific Railway to seek permission to buil a walking path within the railway corridor between Rosedale Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.

“The family approached council with their plan and we unanimously agreed. We understand the need of the family to heal after the tragic loss of Taylor, and for the community to move forward after the tragedy that took place.”

The Van Diest family will be solely responsible for the construction of the trail, including the management of donated goods and services. Taylor's uncle, Paul Albert, will be the project's general contractor.

Talks with the railway continue but the Van Diests hope to get started on building the trail as soon as possible.


See Wednesday's Morning Star for more details...

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/166045506.html (http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/166045506.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on August 14, 2012, 04:52:11 AM
What a heartwarming idea the Van Diests have come up with in memory of Taylor.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on October 10, 2012, 10:41:21 AM
Foerster scheduled for bail hearing
Wendy McLeod
10/10/2012
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The man charged with the 2011 Halloween murder of an Armstrong teen is scheduled to apply for bail in a Kelowna courtroom Wednesday.

Matthew Stephen Foerster will appear before a Supreme Court judge on several of the charges he's facing.

The 26 year old faces a first degree murder charge in the beating death of 18 year old Taylor Van Diest.

He is also accused of attacking a sex-trade worker in Kelowna back in 2005.  Foerster faces charges of sexual assault with a weapon and confinement from that  incident.

Foerster is also charged in connection with a home invasion in Cherryville in late 2004.

http://www.am1150.ca/News/Local/Story.aspx?ID=1788483 (http://www.am1150.ca/News/Local/Story.aspx?ID=1788483)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Annastaisha on October 11, 2012, 04:38:19 PM
http://www.chbcnews.ca/foerster+wants+his+freedom/6442731401/story.html



Foerster wants his freedomCHBC News, Kelowna : Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:51 PM
 Photo Credit: CHBC News , RCMP
The man accused in the Halloween Eve murder of an Armstrong teenager wants his freedom while he awaits trial.
A bail hearing begins Thursday morning in Kelowna for Matthew Stephen Foerster.
Foerster is charged with first degree murder in the October 2011 slaying of Taylor Van Diest, 18.
Van Diest was beaten and left for dead along railway tracks in Armstrong.
Foerster has been in jail since his arrest six months ago.
His defense lawyer will also try to convince the judge to move the murder trial from Vernon to the Lower Mainland. His argument is that media publicity about the case has prejudiced the jury pool in the Vernon area, which could prevent Foerster from getting a fair trial.
The prosecution team will counter-argue the trial should be held in either Kelowna or Kamloops.




Read it on Global News: CHBC Okanagan | Foerster wants his freedom
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on October 11, 2012, 07:48:47 PM
Suspect in murder of Armstrong teen denied bail
 
The Canadian Press October 11, 2012 6:01 PM


KELOWNA — A man accused of murdering an 18-year-old Armstrong girl last Halloween has been denied bail.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge in Kelowna has turned down a bid for freedom from 26-year-old Matthew Foerster. He’s been in custody since April, when he was arrested in Ontario.

Foerster is accused of the first-degree murder of Taylor Van Diest, who was killed in Armstrong on Oct. 31, 2011.

The judge also denied an application by Foerster’s lawyer to move his trial from Kelowna to Vancouver.

Foerster has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Taylor+Diest+murder+Suspect+denied+bail/7377590/story.html (http://www.theprovince.com/news/Taylor+Diest+murder+Suspect+denied+bail/7377590/story.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on October 17, 2012, 12:08:29 PM
Can't believe him and his Lawyer would waste taxpayer's money by asking for bail.

This big thug creeps me out to no end....I hope the Police have taken a long hard look into his and his father's past.  For him to commit these crimes in BC and then be found in small town Ontario (Collingwood), is just too much.  What else has he done...or his dad done?
 
I am thinking this guy has been up to more crimes.  If he was charged with a 2004 home invasion/assault on a 19 year old female...and then in 2005 for an assault at the Escort Agency...and then for the Halloween 2011 murder of Taylor; this guy has been hurting/killing women since he was 18 years old...he is now 26.   That is 8 years that has passed since he started his life of terror.

Should have a look at more UNsolved and murdered and see if there is any Victims from that area in BC during that timeline that might be a Victim of Forester's.
And....why would a young guy be collecting government cheques?  What was his excuse for being on assistance?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on October 31, 2012, 09:49:58 AM
 Vernon Morning Star - News

Armstrong teen remembered
 
Published: October 31, 2012 1:00 AM
 

For many, Halloween is a day of fun. A day to dress up in costume and go out and get some free snacks from the neighbours.

For Armstrong’s Marie Van Diest, today is a day of dread.

It was a year ago today that one of Van Diest’s twin girls, 18-year-old Taylor, was found severely injured near the railway tracks on Rosedale Avenue, the victim of an attack. Taylor died Halloween night in Kelowna General Hospital.

“It’s going to be a difficult day,” said Van Diest Monday morning.

“I can say I can deal with it one way, but the ol’ heart and mind seem to run on their own. I hope I can get through it.”

A candlelight walk will be held in Taylor’s memory tonight starting at 6 p.m. at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce. Anybody that wants to take part can do so, and are asked to bring a candle or any sort of illumination.

On Halloween night 2011, Taylor Van Diest left her home around 6 p.m., dressed as a zombie, and was supposed to meet up with friends for a night of Halloween festivities.

When nobody could find her or get a hold of her on her cell phone, a search party went out looking, and found the badly injured teen by the railway tracks.

The incident changed the Van Diest family and the City of Armstrong.

People would no longer go out for walks alone. Any sort of innocence left in the community was shattered.

Slowly, following the arrest of a suspect months after Taylor’s murder, the familiar small-town feeling started to return.

“For the first while I was rather homebound,” said Van Diest. “After the arrest there was just such a huge sigh of relief. People started feeling a little more able to go out for their usual walks with their dog, or walk outside after dark though not alone but feeling a little more comfortable outdoors.

“People will never forget. I hear that on a regular basis. They can’t wrap their heads around what happened.”

Van Diest said comfort shown by family, friends and even complete strangers has helped her tremendously.

“Their compassion, I just can’t say enough about that,” she said. “People have just been amazing. They really couldn’t understand what it’s like to go through such a horrendous ordeal. But it’s nice to know there are people out there willing to get our backs.”

Taylor’s twin, Kirstie, came up with the idea for the Taylor Van Diest Memorial Trail on the west side of the railway between Rosedale Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road.

Tonight’s candlelight walk will go up Pleasant Valley, down Rosedale and then down the permanent memorial trail.

“Kirstie is really quite a shy girl, I’ve been her voice,” said Van Diest.

“We can sit and talk about Taylor in the privacy of our own home. But should anyone ask her about her sister outside her home, she simply can’t talk about it.”

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper has called for all residents to light up the night for the town’s young people tonight, leaving every front door light on from dusk to dawn.

“Last year’s incident impacted everyone,” said Pieper. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s never a reason for it, and we learn to live with it but it changes our outlook on the way we all live. We have to be a little more cautious.”

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP will have a strong presence in Armstrong this evening.

“We’ll have extra officers there,” said spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“The town is a little bit, I guess, apprehensive because of the homicide. We will have more officers, more traffic police, more vehicles and reservists and Citizens On Patrol in the area.”

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/176479571.html (http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/176479571.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Annastaisha on December 10, 2012, 04:55:09 PM
http://www.chbcnews.ca/accused+killer+changes+lawyer+--+trial+delayed/6442769469/story.html


Accused killer changes lawyer -- trial delayed Blaine Gaffney, CHBC : Monday, December 10, 2012 12:00 AM
 
 


The trial will not go ahead as scheduled for the man accused of the Halloween night murder of an Armstrong teenager.

 

Taylor Van Diest was attacked in October 2011 while walking along railway tracks. 

 

She died later in hospital of head injuries.   

 

Six months after the killing, 26 year old Matthew Stephen Forester was arrested and charged with first degree murder. 

 

His trial was supposed to start in April and run for at least a month. 

 

But Foerster is changing his legal aid lawyer, and his new counsel is not available in April,  so the trial will be adjourned to a later date. 

 

In the meantime, Forester remains in jail as he has been denied bail.



Read it on Global News: CHBC Okanagan | Accused killer changes lawyer -- trial delayed
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: SAP on December 10, 2012, 05:12:51 PM
Great that he has been denied bail; didn't think any judge in their right mind would let a loose cannon out to await trial. He is worried about his rights being infringed on in Kelowna but he certainly did not give a damn about Taylor's right to live. AFAIC, they can throw away the key to his jail cell.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on December 23, 2012, 10:24:15 AM
Taylor Van Diest murder trial delayed
AM 1150
12/11/2012
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The trial for the man accused of murdering an Armstrong teenager
on Halloween last year will likely be delayed.

Twenty-six-year-old Matthew Forester has changed his legal
representation, but the new lawyer is not available in April when
the trial was expected to start.

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Van Diest was beaten to death near
railroad tracks in Armstrong in 2011 while she was walking to meet
some friends.

Forester was arrested last April in Ontario, and the latest delay
means he'll likely be in custody for more than a year before his
trial even begins.

http://www.am1150.ca/news/local/story.aspx?ID=1838924 (http://www.am1150.ca/news/local/story.aspx?ID=1838924)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on December 23, 2012, 01:26:59 PM
Thank you for your update on this case debbiec! I have often thought about it, and I am certain  that so many of us have thought about this case.    This was a stranger killing - gosh he didn't even know her.

I'll bet his defence lawyer will go for an insanity plea.

JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 17, 2013, 09:26:48 AM
Trial date set for man accused of murdering Armstrong teen
 
 
Vancouver Sun April 17, 2013
 
A trial date has been set for next year for a man accused of murdering an 18-year-old woman in Armstrong 18 months ago. Matthew Foerster, 27, will be tried before a judge and jury in Kelowna starting March 3. Taylor Van Diest died on Halloween night in 2011. Foerster was charged with first-degree murder. His father Stephen is also charged with obstruction and being an accessory.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Trial+date+accused+murdering+Armstrong+teen/8253381/story.html (http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Trial+date+accused+murdering+Armstrong+teen/8253381/story.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on April 17, 2013, 12:39:25 PM
I would love to know how many times this Foerster guy has been in Ontario, as we have many unsolved murders/disappearances.  He was arrested in Collingwood Ontario in April 2012, although he was from out west.  He has also been charged with offences dating back to 2004.

Yes, I would really like to know his whereabouts all these years between 2004-2012.....and how close the Investigators have looked at crimes, say in Ontario, to see if he could be the culprit.  We know he is dangerous, because of the charges that span several years.  He could be guilty of more crimes between B.C. and Ontario.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 17, 2013, 01:06:27 PM
I agree jobo. Hopefully authorities are taking a very close look at this guy in both BC and Ontario, and anywhere else he may have been in between. It doesn't seem too far fetched to think that he could be responsible for more. We know of three victims over a span of time. His behaviour has escalated from his first known sexual assault until finally murdering Taylor.

I would also hope that his father gets more than a slap on the wrist for his part in helping Matthew stay on the run. 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on April 18, 2013, 03:10:10 AM
I also wonder what made him end up in Collingwood.  I wonder if he had any connections there.  It strikes me as being odd that he would be arrested there, found in a motel.  I wonder if he thought he was far enough away from B.C. and would blend in with the 20-30ish crowd.
 I have not been there in several years, but Collingwood is kindof like a tourist destination for Ontarians.....they can ski in the winter (really cool chalets); It is on Lk. Huron (Georgian Bay) so there is lots of summer fun, and lots of the young adults go there for Stagettes, Stags, and Spa weekends (and stay in the chalets).
So, it sounds to me that Collingwood is a fun destination for the couples crowds....fun nightlife etc.

I will never understand covering for a killer, and I agree, I hope they throw the book at daddy too.
Foerster brutally attacked Taylor on what is supposed to be a fun night for the young people, he ambushed her.......he is a very dangerous guy..let's hope he's in jail for life. 

May Taylor RIP

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on June 11, 2013, 06:29:41 PM

A family's sorrow and frustration in the wake of Taylor Van Diest's murder

Charlotte Helston
Jun 11, 2013 - 6:46 AM


TIMELINE: TAYLOR VAN DIEST WOULD BE 20 YEARS OLD TODAY

In a courtroom a few months ago, an Okanagan mother watched the man accused of murdering her daughter, and the trial she prays will bring justice, shift out of reach as the trial was pushed back a year, leaving painful waiting and the torment of indecision.

It's been over a year and a half since Marie Van Diest's daughter Taylor was killed while walking to meet some friends Halloween night, 2011, in Armstrong. Matthew Foerster, 27, of Cherryville, was arrested five months later and charged with the 18-year-old’s death. Within his legal right, Foerster has changed lawyers multiple times, setting the trial date further and further back. The pace of the justice system grates on the Van Diest family, and Taylor's mom says despite the aching sorrow and heartbreak, one emotion burns hotter than the rest: frustration.

Still dressed in her work scrubs around suppertime, Marie, a care aid, sits down at a table in an empty A&W to tell her family's story. Her other daughter, Kirstie—Taylor's twin sister—has just finished her shift at the restaurant and quietly pulls up a chair beside her mom. Their hair is a dark glossy brown, like Taylor's, and the way the corners of their mouths crook up, lightly dimpling their cheeks reflects the hundreds of smiling pictures of Taylor on her Facebook page. Marie's brother Paul Albert sits down at her other side, his face already grim with the knowledge of what he must talk about.

The family has made a choice to speak out after all the choices Taylor would have made in her life were suddenly ripped away. They could have suppressed the memories, blotted out the horrific details, quarantined the pain. But that wouldn't have done Taylor justice.

THE WORST NIGHT OF THEIR LIVES

The night, they say, began happily. Halloween was Taylor's favourite holiday. She loved dressing up, and Marie recalls how she was in the bathroom for hours putting on make-up for her Zombie costume. It was the first Halloween Taylor and Kirstie, usually inseparable, wouldn't be trick-or-treating together. Marie laughs that her girls never got too old for trick-or-treating.

As night fell on Armstrong that Oct. 31, 2011, Taylor headed out to join her friends. Normally, she would have walked along the city's residential streets, lit that night with flickering jack-o-lanterns.

"We're not certain as to how or why she rerouted onto the tracks," Marie says, her voice soft and hollow. "It was not the path she should have taken."

Taylor always had her phone with her, and that night was no exception. With a classic eye-roll only mothers are capable of, Marie says the phone was like an appendage to her teenage daughter.

So when Taylor didn't show up to the rendezvous with her friend, and no one got a text from her explaining why, Marie felt a sickening knot form in her stomach.

"I knew right away," she says, her face deadpan.

With flashlights cutting through the darkness, Marie, two of Taylor’s close friends, and Taylor's boyfriend went out in search of their loved one. Taylor's boyfriend of over a year was in front, and found his high school sweetheart unconscious on the tracks.

Taylor's uncle, Paul Albert was at the annual Halloween bonfire at the fairgrounds when he heard sirens wailing in the distance. Minutes later, Marie called and told him his niece had been found, brutally beaten and left for dead.

In a blur, Marie remembers ambulance personnel whisking her daughter away. The family raced behind the ambulance to Vernon Jubilee Hospital, where they were questioned by investigators and asked to surrender Taylor's personal items to evidence. Marie recalls looking at her daughter lying on a hospital bed, unconscious and fading from life.

"I knew deep down, by looking at her eyes," Marie says. "In the field I work in you know that look."

Taylor was transported to Kelowna General where her family continued to wait and finally be told Taylor was dead. Aching to see Taylor one last time, to say goodbye and tell her she loved her, Marie was told that wasn’t possible.

"They announced we weren't allowed to say goodbye because Taylor was evidence," Marie says.

As a care aid, Marie can't understand why she was denied that last chance to see her daughter. She would have worn gloves, refrained from damaging the 'evidence'.

Taylor was kept away from her family for a while longer as she underwent an autopsy in Kamloops. It was a few weeks before she was cremated and returned home. A large funeral was held in Taylor's honour, but her ashes do not reside in a cemetery. They are nestled in her bedroom, at home.

"I can't think of scattering her ashes, we'd rather have her here with us," Marie says.

BANISHING DARKNESS WITH LIGHT

After Taylor's death, Marie says she wanted to curl up and hide from the world. She was crushed. No more curling up on the couch and watching movies with Taylor. Never hearing her play the saxophone again. No postcards from the places she longed to visit.

It took time for Marie to revisit the place where Taylor was killed. The train tracks intersect Armstrong down the middle, providing a short cut to different corners of town. Taylor wasn't the first to walk them. Young people are often seen traversing the route with slushies in hand from nearby Deep Creek store, where Taylor worked.

"At first I was hiding and cowering, but then I realized, I couldn't let (her murderer) win," Marie says. "Armstrong had become a ghost town after dark. People were afraid."

Not only did Marie return, she found the courage to revive it. In her daughter's name, Marie is working with local authorities to open a safer path illuminated with solar lamps.

"We wanted to turn a site of horror into something positive and safe. We wanted to walk through there without any concerns," she says.

Taylor’s family will officially be opening the trail June 23, though walkers are already frequenting the route which is bordered by wild rose bushes and tall trees.

THE ONGOING BATTLE FOR JUSTICE

Taylor may have died in 2011, but her family's fight to see justice is just in its infancy. The man charged with Taylor's murder, Foerster, will go to trial in March 2014 before a judge and jury, almost two and a half years after her death. Foerster faces charges in two unrelated attacks against Okanagan women, including a home invasion with assault in 2004 and the sexual assault of a Kelowna escort in 2005. He will be tried on those counts separately, before a judge alone.

For Taylor’s family, justice is a moving target. They know the trial won’t heal their pain, but waiting for it is like bearing an open wound instead of a scar.

“When you’re looking for justice, you want it to be swift,” Marie says. “The person who did this must be held accountable.”

She says the looming trial crowds her thoughts, and can’t help wondering what will happen when it’s finally concluded. She envisions the years lapping out in front of her, the battle for her daughter’s justice never truly ending. Instead of birthdays and movie dates, she pictures herself at parole hearings and appointments with Victim’s Assistance.

"I daydream about ways I can hurt the monster that killed my daughter, it's become a hobby," she admits. "But it won't bring Taylor back, and it makes me a monster too."

Instead, she focuses her energy on making noise about her frustrations with the justice system in the hopes of saving families some of the hardship it entails. Taylor’s relatives and friends all have things to say about the slowness of the system and the allowance for the accused to repeatedly change lawyers. Being thrown into the nightmare of a slain child changed everything about what they think about Canada's justice system. Now, being part of it, they're seeing blemishes on the system they weren’t exposed to before. They know they can't change what happened to Taylor, but they're determined to influence the future to make things easier for families who have lost a loved one in the same sudden and shattering way.

But being vocal at this stage could come with negative effects on the trial. For fear of impacting it, they are keeping their opinions out of the press until a verdict has been reached. When they do speak, they hope their words garner action and go straight to the Prime Minister.   

"It's something I never would've dreamed of, but I'll make it one of my life goals to make change in the justice system," Marie says. "People say I'm so strong, but I think no, I pale in comparison to Taylor. She had the strength to take him on and fight back. She was the brave one."

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230. Follow on Twitter @charhelston

http://infotel.ca/newsitem/A-familys-sorrow-and-frustration-in-the-wake-of-Taylor-Van-Diests-murder/IT2416 (http://infotel.ca/newsitem/A-familys-sorrow-and-frustration-in-the-wake-of-Taylor-Van-Diests-murder/IT2416)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on September 06, 2013, 03:56:02 PM
Vandalism hurts Van Diest family

By Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star
 Published: September 06, 2013 1:00 AM


The wanton vandalism of a commemorative angel adorning the memorial trail built in honour of their murdered daughter has outraged Armstrong’s Van Diest family.

Taylor Jade Van Diest was murdered in 2011 as she walked in an area near the railway tracks between Rosedale Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road on Halloween night. She was attacked and was found unconscious. Van Diest died Nov. 1 in Kelowna General Hospital.

Her family, with help from the City of Armstrong, Kelowna Pacific Railway and tons of volunteer donations and support, built the Taylor Jade Van Diest Memorial Trail in the same area, and opened the trail to the public this summer.

On Aug. 30, Van Diest’s mom, Marie, was walking the trail and discovered one of two large polyresin angels that adorned the trail was gone.

It was later revealed that day to Marie Van Diest that someone had taken the angel, thrown it over a fence and it was destroyed on impact.

“Whoever you are, you need to know that this callous, despicable act of vandalism has deeply hurt many people,” said Van Diest. “You also need to know that you have greatly disrespected my daughter’s memory.”

As the vandalism occurred at the same time as the Interior Provincial Exhibition, which drew an average of nearly 30,000 people daily during its five-day run, the family and Armstrong RCMP believe the culprit may not have known the trail’s history and significance.

“We’re thinking it is somebody not familiar with that area or what it was all about,” said Armstrong RCMP Sgt. Robb Daly. “Because of that time of year, we have a lot of people in town. We don’t have a suspect yet but the file is still being actively investigated.”

The family removed another commemorative angel and a commemorative lion from the trail, after the discovery of the vandalism, for the duration of the IPE.

The vandalism, said Daly, is traumatic for the family and the city.

“We’re a small community. A lot of people put a lot of effort into this memorial trail,” he said. “When people don’t know anything about it and they’re not thinking what they’re doing, they end up doing a lot of damage.

“Not just to the physical world of the memorial but to the actual hearts of the community that came together to remember Taylor.”

Anybody with any information the vandalism is asked to call the Armstrong detachment at 250-546-3028.

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/222592481.html (http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/222592481.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on March 02, 2014, 10:47:21 PM
March 2, 2014 6:37 pm

Van Diest murder trial set to begin
 By Klaudia Ceglarz Anchor/Reporter


ARMSTRONG B.C. — It’s been more than two years since the shocking murder of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest. Now her family will have to re-live the painful details of her death as the trial for the man accused of killing her is set to begin.

“I constantly relive it in my head,  finding her, seeing her in the hospital,” Taylor’s mother Marie Van Diest told Global Okanagan back in October 2012 on the one year anniversary of her daughter’s death.

“I can’t get it out of my head and  it’s certainly magnified, many times over.”

The 18-year-old was killed near the railway tracks in Armstrong on Halloween night, 2011.  Cherryville resident, Matthew Foerster, was arrested and charged with first degree murder about five months after Van Diest’s badly beaten body was found.

Legal proceedings for the now 28-year-old man will begin in BC Supreme Court in Kelowna Monday.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1182730/van-diest-murder-trial-set-to-begin/ (http://globalnews.ca/news/1182730/van-diest-murder-trial-set-to-begin/)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on March 29, 2014, 09:55:35 AM
Accused killer admits injuring Taylor Van Diest

Ron Seymour / Kelowna Daily Courier
March 26, 2014 07:46 AM


KELOWNA — A 27-year-old man has now admitted causing the injuries that killed a teenager from Armstrong on Halloween night in 2011, jurors have heard.

Matthew Foerster agreed Tuesday to an admission of facts, which states he injured Taylor Van Diest, 18, and that those injuries caused her death, Crown Counsel Ian Currie said as the first-degree murder trial resumed in B.C. Supreme Court.

With Foerster acknowledging his actions were responsible for the death of the teenager, the only issue for the jury to decide now is whether he is guilty as charged of first-degree murder or a lesser offence such as manslaughter.

During a break after the dramatic courtroom development, Van Diest’s mother, Marie Van Diest, said she was pleased but not surprised to hear Foerster acknowledge he was responsible for Taylor’s death.

“This is good news for a lot of people,” Van Diest told reporters outside the courthouse.

In the afternoon court session, there was a second admission of facts, agreed to by Foerster that his DNA was found in samples taken from Van Diest’s fingernails.

That second admission also acknowledged that Van Diest’s DNA was found on samples taken from inside a truck Foerster owned the night the girl was killed.

Other testimony on Tuesday consisted of RCMP officers describing how they investigated the crime scene and collected evidence that included Van Diest’s jacket, a bottle of vodka, a length of rope and a chair.

Foerster attacked Van Diest, who was dressed as a zombie for Halloween, as she was walking to meet friends about 6 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2011.

Foerster has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

During the trial’s start on Monday, jurors heard the Crown intended to show a police video in which Foerster admitted to killing the girl.

During the video, the Crown alleges, Foerster admits he intended to sexually assault the girl, and feels remorse that he ended up killing her.

An autopsy revealed marks around Van Diest’s neck were consistent with being strangled. She also had several blows to her head.

The trial continues.

http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/accused-killer-admits-injuring-taylor-van-diest-1.920708 (http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/accused-killer-admits-injuring-taylor-van-diest-1.920708)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on March 29, 2014, 10:00:59 AM
Fingernail clippings, confession key to trial in Halloween slaying

The Canadian Press
March 26, 2014 07:57 AM

KELOWNA —  A fingernail clipping and a taped confession will form the core of the Crown's case against the man charged with murdering an 18-year-old from Armstrong, B.C., says the prosecutor.

Taylor Van Diest was attacked on Halloween night in 2011 as she walked to a party but died the following morning. Matthew Foerster, 27, is accused of the killing and his trial began Monday in B.C. Supreme Court.

Crown counsel Frank Caputo said Foerster's DNA was found in fingernail clipping taken from Van Diest by a nurse that night. Caputo said Foerster later admitted to police he killed Van Diest as he struggled to have sex with her by railway tracks in Armstrong.

He promised the jury would hear the recording and read aloud highlights from the transcript.

The jury also heard that Van Diest wore a zombie costume as she walked to meet up with friends in the north Okanagan town at about 6 p.m.

Caputo said she texted her boyfriend, "being crept," and a minute later wrote a single word, "holly," but was unable to send it.

Caputo said the message was saved in her cellphone, which passerby Liam Brown found by the tracks.

The trial heard Brown called the owner's home number and told Van Diest's family where he'd found the phone, but the teenager hadn't reached her destination, so the family called RCMP.

RCMP Const. Milan Ilic said he met two of Taylor's friends and her mother Marie Van Diest by the tracks and described the scene when the teenager was discovered face down in a ditch off the railway.

Ilic said the friends were holding Van Diest on the ground, and the teenager was gasping for air but didn't move when he squeezed her leg.

He said her jeans were above her waist, and the left side of her head rested on a steel pipe.

"Taylor's mom went on top of her," he said. "She was like, 'just fight it. You can make it. You're going to make it. You're going to survive.'"

Ilic said he called for an ambulance, and he and Taylor's friends placed their jackets on her. Paramedics and officers arrived minutes later.

Ilic said he pushed the pipe out of the way and helped roll Taylor on her back and onto a gurney. He said she had a deep gash on the left side of her head.

"That's when I thought something had happened here tonight," he said.

Ilic said he drove with Van Diest by ambulance to Vernon Jubilee Hospital, where a paramedic poked her with needles but she didn't twitch. In the trauma room, a doctor pointed out three ligature marks on her neck and what looked like a bite on her lower lip, Ilic said.

Registered nurse Diane Romer also took the stand, describing how she took finger nail clippings from Van Diest for examination.

Romer said she was called to the hospital's trauma room, where Van Diest was hooked up to a heart monitor and intravenous lines as medical staff worked on her.

Romer said she cut the teenager's fingernails using sterile gloves and packaged nail clippers. She said the clippings dropped into an envelope, which she sealed, labelled and gave to police.

Romer said she then escorted Van Diest by ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital for a higher level of care.

Caputo said a pathologist later found the marks around her neck were consistent with being strangled, and he noted several blows to the top of her head likely caused her death.

Marie Van Diest and a dozen friends and relatives attended Monday's hearing. Van Diest told reporters she's relieved the trial is underway but tensions are high.

"Nerves are shot, but I'm hoping as time goes by that I'll learn to cope with it a little easier. Just going into the unknown is the hardest part," she said. "To have it brought forth in your face like that, it's very difficult. It's re-traumatizing."

She described her daughter as an "awesome girl" who was loved by those who met her.

"She just had a way about her. She was a chameleon in being able to deal with anyone."

The Crown is expected to call 16 witnesses during the trial.

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/fingernail-clippings-confession-key-to-trial-in-halloween-slaying-1.920721 (http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/fingernail-clippings-confession-key-to-trial-in-halloween-slaying-1.920721)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on March 29, 2014, 10:40:34 AM
Thank you debbiec for keeping Unsolved abreast of these developments.  The police did a wonderful job in this investigation. Kudos to them.  However,  my guess is that he will get Manslaughter.

How senseless!!

jb 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on March 29, 2014, 11:29:42 AM

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Caputo said she texted her boyfriend, "being crept," and a minute later wrote a single word, "holly," but was unable to send it.

Caputo said the message was saved in her cellphone, which passerby Liam Brown found by the tracks.

The trial heard Brown called the owner's home number and told Van Diest's family where he'd found the phone, but the teenager hadn't reached her destination, so the family called RCMP.

RCMP Const. Milan Ilic said he met two of Taylor's friends and her mother Marie Van Diest by the tracks and described the scene when the teenager was discovered face down in a ditch off the railway.

Good for this young man, Liam Brown, who took the initiative to phone the owner's number when he found Taylor's cell phone by the tracks. If he hadn't done so, Taylor would have become one of the many 'missing'. It's hard to know how long it would have taken before anyone realized that she had not shown up at her destination and gone looking for her.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on March 29, 2014, 11:55:38 AM
Thank you debbiec for keeping Unsolved abreast of these developments.  The police did a wonderful job in this investigation. Kudos to them.  However,  my guess is that he will get Manslaughter.

How senseless!!

jb 

You're welcome JB.

I agree that the police did a good job with this investigation. Also registered nurse Diane Romer, who took finger nail clippings from Taylor while she was still in the hospital's trauma room. It was imperative that the finger nail clippings were gathered and preserved using the utmost of care. Foerster's DNA was found in those clippings. 

We can only hope that he gets first degree. Time will tell.

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Registered nurse Diane Romer also took the stand, describing how she took finger nail clippings from Van Diest for examination.

Romer said she was called to the hospital's trauma room, where Van Diest was hooked up to a heart monitor and intravenous lines as medical staff worked on her.

Romer said she cut the teenager's fingernails using sterile gloves and packaged nail clippers. She said the clippings dropped into an envelope, which she sealed, labelled and gave to police.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Have faith on March 29, 2014, 10:07:44 PM
Thank you debbiec for keeping Unsolved abreast of these developments.  The police did a wonderful job in this investigation. Kudos to them.  However,  my guess is that he will get Manslaughter.

How senseless!!

jb

A first degree murder charge is based on a rape being part of the murder. I don't see him getting anything other than first degree.  The coroner's finding of strangulation shows his intent of killing her, and the attempt at rape is obvious.  If I was on the jury I would see it plain as day.  I think they will get it right.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on March 31, 2014, 07:10:38 PM
http://live.theprovince.com/Event/Live_from_Kelowna_Man_on_trial_for_murder_of_Armstrong_teen_Taylor_Van_Diest?Page=0

Live tweets from the courthouse on opening day.  See judges instructions on the law to the jury.

jb
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: me on April 02, 2014, 08:02:28 AM
I just re-read the entire thread and a couple of things stand out that I'd like to mention.  First and foremost, a huge thank you to the woman who provided the information to create the sketch.  Without that sketch, they might never have caught the murderer.  It was very brave of her to fight through the trauma, to report the assault and to provide the details necessary to produce such a good sketch.  I noted that people in Cherryville appeared to know as soon as the sketch was made public, exactly who the perpetrator was.

Secondly, I hope the Crown will pursue the other two cases and not just be satisfied with convicting him of Taylor's murder.  These two women deserve justice and convicting him in those crimes will go a long way to preventing him from getting early parole.  Because you know the s.o.b. will get released as some point.

Thirdly, has the father's case gone to court yet?  I couldn't find any mention of it other than the one noted on this site (where the mother whacked a reporter with her purse - he could have had her charged with assault)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Annastaisha on April 05, 2014, 03:08:26 PM
Matthew Foerster found guilty of 1st-degree murder in killing of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest

By Amy Judd   Global News
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ABOVE: Global Okanagan’s Robert Buffam speaks to Lynn Colliar just moments after the guilty verdict was announced.

Matthew Foerster has been found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest.

He has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.


Foerster, 28, was charged with first degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Van Diest. She was savagely beaten on Halloween night three years ago, and died in hospital the next day. She was dressed as a zombie and was walking to meet up with friends when she was attacked.

Foerster had already admitted to savagely beating Van Diest, however the question of whether or not Foerster intended to kill the teen was put to the jury yesterday afternoon, after two weeks of testimony.

Defence lawyers had said a manslaughter conviction would be more appropriate.

The jury had to come to a unanimous decision and they took about eight hours on Friday and three hours on Saturday to deliberate.

Taylor’s mom, Marie, came out of court smiling with Taylor’s twin sister, Kirstie, and said this verdict was the best the family could hope for.

“It’s done, the verdict was in, first-degree, some pretty teary jurors as well, smiling jurors,” she said. “I think they basically have felt the emotions that we have felt throughout and we thank them all very much for that.”

She said the wait was difficult, but worth it.

“It will never bring her back but at least now no other girl will meet the same fate that she met, and we’re just happy that that animal is going to be off the streets for a very long time. Not long enough for me, but it will suffice for now.”

Taylor Van Diest's mom and sister hold hands outside the courthouse after a guilty verdict was reached.
Taylor Van Diest’s mom and sister hold hands outside the courthouse after a guilty verdict was reached.
Kimberly Davidson / Global Okanagan
 

© Shaw Media, 2014
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: leonagleant on April 06, 2014, 02:57:23 PM
Thank god this case has now been closed with the best possible outcome for the poor family.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on April 06, 2014, 03:39:27 PM
I am so glad that he got 1sr degree. Somehow, I believed he would get manslaughter as it so often happens.
Justice has been served, in my opinion.

Now, what about the father?

jb
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: me on April 07, 2014, 01:22:39 PM
hoping that the conviction will provide the Van Diest family with some closure.  Also hoping that the father faces consequences.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on April 07, 2014, 10:01:32 PM
There should be consequences, its in the book, part of the criminal code. Family may be a sticky point. You can't compel a wife to testify against a husband.. Parents against son? Hiding him, paying the bills crossing the line? I'd say so but charges don't seem to be in the offing.. At least they got him on 1st degree.. 
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 07, 2014, 10:42:39 PM
There should be consequences, its in the book, part of the criminal code. Family may be a sticky point. You can't compel a wife to testify against a husband.. Parents against son? Hiding him, paying the bills crossing the line? I'd say so but charges don't seem to be in the offing.. At least they got him on 1st degree..

Taken from the link below.
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Police have also charged Foerster's father, Stephen Roy, with obstruction and accessory after the fact.

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2012/04/06/man-wanted-in-murder-in-bc-arrested-in-collingwood (http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2012/04/06/man-wanted-in-murder-in-bc-arrested-in-collingwood)

The article above is from 2012. I wonder if "Dad" is still going to court.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on April 08, 2014, 01:02:17 AM
I forgot about that, assumed at the time it was just some sort of presure tactic to limit intervention. There is likely some time limit they have to act upon it if they are going to.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 08, 2014, 02:40:38 PM
Convicted killer's sentence highlights flaws in legal system

by  Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital News
posted Apr 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM— updated Apr 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM


Matthew Foerster was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Taylor Van Diest, but this community has yet to see the last of the Cherryville man.

Lingering allegations will bring Foerster back to  Kelowna next month.

Crown Counsel Iain Currie said two outstanding files remain and on May 5 Foerster will return to court to schedule a trial for those matters.

The first charge is in connection with an alleged home invasion in Cherryville on Oct. 19, 2004 and involves a 19-year-old woman.

The second relates to an alleged attack at Kelowna’s Garden of Eden escort agency April 12, 2005. As a result of that incident, he is facing one count of sexual assault and unlawful confinement.

If "hypothetically" he were convicted of those crimes, Currie said his sentence would be served concurrent to the sentence  he's now facing. A guilty verdict would not even alter his 25-year parole eligibility.

It's something Taylor Van Diest's mother Marie, sees as a fault in the system.

"I am certainly hoping (those victims) will have their justice as well," Van Diest said. "The maximum is 25 years, so whether this goes forward or not, what justice will they get? He'll serve no further time."

Van Diest said she's not heard if the women in those cases will go through the court process, but can imagine that the prospect of reliving Foerster's actions "would just be too traumatizing."

It's an issue that Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, addressed through  Private Members’ Bill C-587, Monday.

The bill was aimed at amending  the Criminal Code  to increase parole ineligibility.

The Bill seeks to extend the parole eligibility period for those convicted of the abduction, heinous acts of sexual assault and murder of an individual from the current 25 years, up to a maximum of 40 years.

“Sadistic criminals convicted of such heinous crimes are never granted parole; thus, the hearings are unnecessary and are extremely painful for the victims’ families to endure,” said MP Mayes.

The seriousness of the offences set out in this bill will ensure that a parole ineligibility period would only be applied in cases where the murderer’s moral blameworthiness is very high-abduction; heinous acts of sexual assault; and murder, allowing for judicial discretion, and not a mandatory minimum ensures charter compliance.

“My Bill is about saving the families of the victims from having to go through the agony of attending every two years unnecessary and traumatic parole hearings after the convict’s 25 year sentence expires.

“When passed, this Bill will assist families by not having them deal with the re-enactment of what happened to their loved ones, over and over again.  Families need closure,” concluded MP Mayes.

Also facing legal repercussions from Taylor Van Diest's murder is Stephen Foerster, Matthew's father.

He'll be in a Vernon courtroom May 5 for a charge of Accessory After the Fact to Murder.


http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/254383521.html (http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/254383521.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on April 08, 2014, 02:57:35 PM
Ahh, excellent! That will be very interesting to see what happens.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on April 09, 2014, 02:23:38 PM
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RCMP question Taylor Van Diest's killer, Matthew Foerster

Interrogation video shown to jury that found Foerster guilty of first-degree murder

CBC News Posted: Apr 09, 2014 6:07 AM PT| Last Updated: Apr 09, 2014 10:39 AM PT
 
 
A B.C. judge has released the video of Matthew Foerster's interrogation by RCMP officers, in which he admits to killing Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest.

On Saturday, a jury in Kelowna found Foerster guilty of first-degree murder.

When she didn't show up and stopped answering text messages, her family and friends launched a search.

She was found badly beaten by the side of railroad tracks, and died later in hospital.

A forensic pathologist testified in court that Van Diest died from one or more fatal blows to her head.

Foerster admitted in court, through his lawyer, to causing her injuries, and Crown counsel argued that Foerster caused those wounds while trying to sexually assault her.

Months after Van Diest died, and after being identified as a suspect, police located Foerster in Ontario and brought him back to B.C.

The following day, on April 6, 2012, Foerster was interrogated by the RCMP and the session was recorded on video.

The video was played back at Foerster's trial.

At one point in the video, Sgt. Mark Davidson asks, "Look me in the eye and tell me this. Do you feel bad about killing Taylor?"

"Yes," Foerster answers.

At another point during the interrogation, Davidson says, "You already told me that you didn't mean to, that that's not what you went for and it got out of hand. You told me that you went for sex and that if she hadn't fought you — you wouldn't have killed her, right? Is that all truthful?"

RCMP Sgt. Mark Davidson is seen interrogating Matthew Foerster in this video image from April 6, 2012. (RCMP)
"Yes," Foerster says.

As the interrogation continues, Foerster has a short message for Van Diest's family.

"I guess I would like to say I was sorry. I am sorry to that effect, if that means anything," he says.

Forester's guilty conviction of first degree murder means he faces life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.

His lawyer did not indicate this weekend whether Foerster would be appealing the conviction.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/rcmp-question-taylor-van-diest-s-killer-matthew-foerster-1.2603635 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/rcmp-question-taylor-van-diest-s-killer-matthew-foerster-1.2603635)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on May 06, 2014, 09:38:23 AM
Father of convicted killer expected to plead guilty to his alleged role in covering crime


by  Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital News
posted May 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM


The Cherryville man who allegedly hid his son from police scrutiny after he became the lead suspect in a high profile murder investigation, is expected to plead guilty to related charges Wednesday morning.

Stephen Roy Foerster, 60, is scheduled to enter the guilty plea to charges of obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact, relating to the 2011 murder of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest, said Crown counsel David Grabavac.

Sentencing recommendations for those charges will be heard in the Kelowna courtroom at that point as well.

It's the final legal hurdle for the Van Diest family, who spent years awaiting the courts to address the 2011 murder of the teen.

"I'll be there," said Taylor's mother Marie Van Diest, Monday morning.

"Wednesday will be a telling day. I probably won't be somewhat satisfied until I find out what kind of sentence (he gets.)"

Matthew Foerster was convicted of first degree murder this April and will be in prison for a minimum of 25 years.

A jury found that he fatally beat Taylor Van Diest and left her to die on  stretch of Armstrong train tracks Halloween night 2011.

He may have escaped unidentified, but the teen had scratched her assailant and his DNA was found under her fingernails. It was matched to the DNA in pre-existing assault complaint, from a Kelowna escort agency, and the victim of that alleged crime helped police with a composite sketch.

Some  1,250 tips from the public were gathered after the sketch was released, and numerous people pointed to the junior Foerster as a potential lead.

B.C. Mounties, assisted by their colleagues in Ontario as well as members of the Ontario Provincial Police, arrested Matthew Foerster five months later at a motel in Collingwood, Ont.

His father was arrested the same day at his Cherryville home.

Over the course of Matthew Foerster's two week trial, it was revealed that he had a significant amount of cash on him when he was arrested at the Collingwood hotel, and there was reference to disposable mobile phones being used to contact him.

Once he was brought back to Kelowna cells, it was his half-brother and a sister who pleaded with him to be upfront about his role in the Van Diest murder.

Other than the charges, very little else has been revealed about the senior Foerster's role.


http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/258028901.html (http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/258028901.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on May 06, 2014, 11:23:37 AM
Very interesting developments in regard an accesory after the fact. I would personally like to see a very strong message being sent to others who are doing the same. But it appears in this instance, that a deal may have struck beforehand.

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Stephen Roy Foerster, 60, is scheduled to enter the guilty plea to charges of obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact, relating to the 2011 murder of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest, said Crown counsel David Grabavac.

Sentencing recommendations for those charges will be heard in the Kelowna courtroom at that point as well.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on May 07, 2014, 03:07:25 PM
http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/05/07/father-admits-he-helped-son-hide-after-murder-of-bc-teen


Father admits he helped son hide after murder of B.C. teen  0


QMI Agency
 
First posted:  Wednesday, May 07, 2014 01:46 PM MDT  | Updated:  Wednesday, May 07, 2014 01:57 PM MDT 

The father of the man who murdered B.C. teen Taylor Van Diest has admitted to helping his son hide after the crime, according to local media reports.

Stephen Roy Foerster, 60, pleaded guilty Wednesday to being an accessory after the fact, Kelowna Capital News reported.

His son, Matthew Foerster, 28, is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder last month.

Van Diest, 18, was found late Halloween night 2011, badly beaten and unconscious near train tracks while still dressed in her zombie costume. She was taken to a local hospital and died the next day.

The report said court heard how the accused bought fake ID for his son so he could live and work undetected in the ski resort town of Collingwood, Ont., which is where police arrested him in April 2012.

The elder Foerster was arrested the same day at his Cherryville, B.C., home.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on May 07, 2014, 03:16:36 PM
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The father of the man who murdered B.C. teen Taylor Van Diest has admitted to helping his son hide after the crime, according to local media reports.

I can't understand how anyone could do this, even if it was his son. What kind of person would aide in hiding someone whom they know has killed an innocent young girl? I hope he sees some jail time for his part in this.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on May 07, 2014, 04:21:22 PM
(Apart from giving him fake id, looks like the Father also gave him cash and possibly, told him to use disposable phones.)

quote from post 159 "Over the course of Matthew Foerster's two week trial, it was revealed that he had a significant amount of cash on him when he was arrested at the Collingwood hotel, and there was reference to disposable mobile phones being used to contact him." unquote


I wonder how the cops traced him to Collingwood, and that motel.? Did they put a trace on the old man's phone?

You are so right debbiec, how can a person hide a killer, who had also raped a woman a few years earlier, even if it is a son.
Would the father not be afraid that his son would murder again?  And how did he get his job at a ski resort? Plenty of women on the slopes.  Honestly, what was the Dad thinking?

I hope they throw the book at the "old man".



JB
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on May 07, 2014, 09:34:44 PM
Taylor Van Diest murder: Killer's father sentenced to three years for helping son evade police

Stephen Foerster pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact

 By Craig Power, THE CANADIAN PRESS May 7, 2014 4:29 PM   


KELOWNA — The father of a man convicted of first-degree murder has been sentenced in a B.C. court to three years in prison for helping his son evade police, but the victim's mother says that's just not enough time behind bars.

Stephen Foerster, 60, pleaded guilty Wednesday to being an accessory after the fact in the murder of 18-year-old
Van Diest on Halloween night 2011.

Matthew Foerster was sentenced last month to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for killing the young woman, who was found near death along some train tracks in Armstrong.

The elder Foerster will now spend 759 days, or just over 2 years, in prison because of 336 days' credit for time already served.

Marie Van Diest, Taylor's mother, commented on the sentence outside B.C. Supreme Court in Kelowna.

"I think they're both cowards, they're both deviants and neither one of them have a place in society," she said.

"I'm glad Stephen will be out of society for a while but it makes me shudder to think that he will, you know, be released one day soon."

Defence lawyer Joe Deuling said Stephen Foerster has admitted his wrongdoing and the law guides judges in sentencing.

"In the Van Diest position, of course I think it would be not enough. What's enough, right? But that's not what we're guided by," Deuling said.

"We're guided by the principles of the criminal law, and courts are bound by that."

The court heard that between November 2011 and January 2012, Foerster quit his job as a truck driver, collected his son's belongings from a rental apartment and lied to police.

Foerster paid $500 for a driver's licence, social insurance number card and an old bank card he gave to his son, the Crown said.

The son of Foerster's friends in Ontario agreed to sell the identification, court heard.

The Crown said Foerster told police that Matthew Foerster was working on oil rigs up north, though the 28-year-old man was in Ontario.

Court heard that during calls on prepaid cellphones, Foerster told his son to get rid of the purchased identification, to switch around social insurance number digits when applying for jobs in Ontario and that he would try to get him new identification.

Between March 25, 2012 and April 3, 2012, police intercepted three calls and heard Foerster tell his son not to call him at home anymore and to lay low because it was "hotter than a firecracker" due to police surveillance.

After his arrest, Stephen Foerster told an undercover officer in his jail cell that he'd found a tracking device on his vehicle, court heard.

Foerster said he knew what he'd done was wrong but that he would have taken the fall for his son.

"I felt it was really, really pathetic," said Marie Van Diest. "I think the thing he was sorry for was the fact that he couldn't go forward with trial. It just would have cost him too much, and I think that's why he decided to plead the way he did."


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Taylor+Diest+murder+Killer+father+sentenced+three+years+helping+evade+police/9815667/story.html#ixzz315hB0x57
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: D1 on May 08, 2014, 09:28:28 AM
Three years in prison for being an accessory after the fact is significant but the judges words sent an even greater message. This is serious business whether someone is aiding a family member, friend or associate for any reason. It is a crime. We have several other threads going in which this same situation is also a distinct possibility.

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During a lunch break in Wednesday’s sentencing, both Balison and defence counsel Joe Deuling came to an agreement on a joint three-year submission. With the time Stephen served in pre-trial custody following his arrest in 2012 it means he will spend just over two years in a Federal prison.

Justice Peter Rogers chose to go along with the submission, but also said on the record that if left to his own devices, he would have levied a much harsher penalty.


Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on September 20, 2014, 07:27:46 PM
Man convicted of killing B.C. teen launches appeal

The Canadian Press
Published Friday, September 19, 2014 6:24PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, September 19, 2014 8:09PM PDT


ARMSTRONG, B.C. -- The man convicted of killing an 18-year-old Armstrong, B.C., woman has filed an appeal of his first-degree murder conviction.

Matthew Foerster was found guilty in April and began serving a life sentence for the death of Taylor Van Diest.

She was found near death on some train tracks on Halloween night in 2011.

Her mother, Marie Van Diest, said Friday that the appeal is part two of a nightmare and she can't stand the thought of the whole case resurfacing.

"I was under the assumption that it was very cut and dried and a stellar job had been done putting him away. So we're waiting with our breath held and we'll see what happens.

Foerster's father, Stephen Foerster, was sentenced in May to three years in prison for trying to help his son evade police.

B.C. Supreme Court in Kelowna, B.C., heard Foerster bought his son identification and helped him escape to Ontario.

Van Diest was dressed as a zombie and walking to a friend's house at about 6:30 p.m. on the night she was killed.

She was found barely alive two hours later, lying near railway tracks, her head resting on a steel pipe.

Van Diest suffered six blows to the head, a pathologist testified, and one of them fractured her skull and caused a severe brain injury.

Foerster's lawyer, Lisa Helps, told the jury that her client's actions amounted to manslaughter, not first-degree murder. She said Foerster wanted to have sex with Van Diest, but when she fought back he pushed her down, causing her to hit her head on a steel pipe.

Helps said there could have been a sexual proposition that didn't go very well, but all of that was possibly consensual.

But Crown lawyer Iain Currie said the fact that Foerster hit Van Diest on the head six times with a heavy flashlight, tightened a shoelace around her neck and drove to Vernon, where he threw evidence in a dumpster, left little doubt that he intended to kill her.

He said Foerster's DNA was found under one of Van Diest's fingernails and that she'd scratched his neck trying to fend him off.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/man-convicted-of-killing-b-c-teen-launches-appeal-1.2016189 (http://bc.ctvnews.ca/man-convicted-of-killing-b-c-teen-launches-appeal-1.2016189)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on September 21, 2014, 06:32:36 AM
How does Lisa Helps sleep at night?   Helps should have been reemed out by the Judge for wasting the jury's time with such blatant lies.  Yes, Foerster wanted sex with his victim....But in my books that is called rape...and when Taylor resisted, what happened next is called murder.  I wish they would not waste precious court time....and hurt Taylor's family all over again.   

Foerster was a killer on the hunt for a victim.   Taylor was struck six times when she resisted being sexually abused, that was intentional murder.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on October 04, 2014, 03:03:30 PM

I agree with your comments jobo.

There's no way this could have been a "sexual proposition that didn't go very well" as Lisa Helps suggested.  Clearly the evidence shows that's not the way it happened. The jury got it right the first time. First degree murder.

I hope Foerster doesn't win his appeal. The Van Diest family has already been through enough. Even without the horror of possibly sitting through another trial, they have a very long road ahead of them. There lives will never be the same.

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Foerster's lawyer, Lisa Helps, told the jury that her client's actions amounted to manslaughter, not first-degree murder. She said Foerster wanted to have sex with Van Diest, but when she fought back he pushed her down, causing her to hit her head on a steel pipe.

Helps said there could have been a sexual proposition that didn't go very well, but all of that was possibly consensual.

But Crown lawyer Iain Currie said the fact that Foerster hit Van Diest on the head six times with a heavy flashlight, tightened a shoelace around her neck and drove to Vernon, where he threw evidence in a dumpster, left little doubt that he intended to kill her.

He said Foerster's DNA was found under one of Van Diest's fingernails and that she'd scratched his neck trying to fend him off.

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: SAP on October 04, 2014, 05:41:34 PM
After all his documented savagery, I don't see how he can win an appeal. He needs to be away for good.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: me on October 20, 2014, 12:47:31 PM
i can't see how he can win an appeal either, and I resent the fact that Taylor's family has to suffer through an appeal.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 01, 2014, 05:29:57 PM
Okanagan killer likely to confess to attacking 2 women a decade ago

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 4:30 am | Updated: 7:00 pm, Fri Oct 31, 2014.


Matthew Foerster, the man convicted of murdering an Armstrong teenager, appears ready to admit he attacked two other women.

The Cherryville man has asked to be tried in provincial court instead of B.C. Supreme Court, a move that suggests he may plead guilty to assaults against women in Kelowna and Cherryville.

Lawyers have set aside half a day of court time, which is enough for them to make their sentencing arguments. The lawyers wouldn't comment on the purpose of the Dec. 17 hearing.

Lisa Helps, defending, said only that “things are still being hammered out” on Friday.

Foerster, 28, was sentenced to life in prison in April for the first-degree murder of Taylor Van Diest in 2011. He has filed to appeal the conviction.

Prosecutors are pursuing the other alleged attacks even though Foerster is ineligible for parole for 25 years. Crown counsel Iain Currie said in May it's in the interest of the public and the women he allegedly assaulted to continue prosecuting him.

Police believe Foerster used a weapon when he sexually assaulted a woman at the Garden of Eden escort agency in Kelowna and confined her in 2005. Investigators linked his DNA found under Van Diest's fingernail with the escort's attacker.

Soon after making the match, police released a composite drawing of the man who assaulted the escort. Several people recognized him as someone who looked like Foerster and called RCMP.

Foerster is also charged with assaulting a 19-year-old woman in her bedroom in 2004. Police say he wore a mask when he broke into her home in Cherryville and injured her.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Rogers, who presided at the murder trial, was to judge the evidence at the coming trials in Kelowna. Last Monday, Foerster re-elected to be tried in provincial court instead.

Months after Van Diest's murder, police interviewed Foerster and recorded his answers. The judge allowed the jury at Foerster's murder trial to hear the statement. Sections editted from the recording are believed to be related to the other assaults.

Foerster was scheduled for a five-day trial on the Cherryville charges starting Nov. 25. The Kelowna trial, set for eight days, was to start Dec. 1.

Foerster followed Van Diest, 18, down railway tracks in Armstrong as she walked to a friend's house on Halloween night. He admitted to police he was “going for sex” but she resisted, prompting him to smash her on the head with a flashlight and strangle her.

Police arrested him in Ontario five months later.


http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_914de00e-6145-11e4-8ede-0017a43b2370.html (http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_914de00e-6145-11e4-8ede-0017a43b2370.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on December 20, 2014, 10:33:55 AM
Convicted B.C. killer admits to two other assaults

Kelowna, B.C. — The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Dec. 17 2014, 6:05 PM EST
Last updated Wednesday, Dec. 17 2014, 6:05 PM EST
 
 
A 28-year-old B.C. man serving a life sentence for killing an Armstrong, B.C., teen has pleaded guilty to two earlier attacks on women.

Matthew Foerster pleaded guilty to a 2004 home invasion in Cherryville where he also attacked a woman.

He also admitted attacking a Kelowna sex-trade worker in 2005.

Foerster was sentenced to six years for each of the attacks and will serve the time concurrently with his 25-year sentence for the murder of Taylor Van Diest in 2011.
 
Eighteen-year-old Van Diest was walking along railroad tracks on Halloween night when Foerster attacked her.

His father, Stephen Foerster, was sentenced in May to three years in prison for trying to help his son evade police.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/convicted-bc-killer-admits-to-two-other-assaults/article22131615/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/convicted-bc-killer-admits-to-two-other-assaults/article22131615/)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: me on January 14, 2015, 09:40:12 AM
if he has admitted to assault in both cases, i cannot see how he has grounds to appeal the murder conviction.  It is complete asinine that Taylor's family should have to face even the possibility of an appeal.  Has anyone heard if the appeal has been denied?
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on June 27, 2015, 11:16:37 AM
Foerster appeals conviction
                         
by  Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star
posted Jun 21, 2015 at 1:00 AM


The man found guilty of murdering an Armstrong teenager in 2011 will have an appeal of his conviction heard in 2016.

Matthew Foerster’s appeal will be heard in June of next year.

Foerster, 29, from Cherryville, was convicted of first-degree murder in April 2014 in Kelowna in connection with the death of Taylor Van Diest, who was brutally beaten near railways tracks in Armstrong on Halloween night 2011.

Van Diest, 18, died from her injuries the next day in Kelowna General Hospital.

Foerster’s lawyer alleges the judge made mistakes in his jury instructions around intoxication and on the attempted sexual assault as an element of first-degree murder. Foerster was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/308506111.html (http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/308506111.html)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on June 27, 2015, 12:10:09 PM
Perhaps the lawyer felt that he should have been charged with Manslaughter?

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Foerster’s lawyer alleges the judge made mistakes in his jury instructions around intoxication and on the attempted sexual assault as an element of first-degree murder. Foerster was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.


Quote from JRN" thread
In some instances, a murder charge may be reduced to manslaughter if alcohol or other substances are found to have impaired the mental faculties of the perpetrator or if the homicide was committed in the heat of passion resulting from provocation, which is defined as a wrongful act or insult that would deprive an ordinary person of the power of self-control.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on October 22, 2015, 10:00:45 AM
October 21, 2015 10:29 pm   
 
Van Diest memorial walk changes dates

By Doris Maria Bregolisse    
Anchor/Reporter  Global News


ARMSTRONG, B.C. – An annual walk to remember the life of a North Okanagan teen has been changed to help bring out more people to the event.

Taylor Van Diest was killed on Halloween night 2011 as she walked alone on the railroad tracks in Armstrong.

Her mother, Marie Van Diest, says the memorial walk for Taylor will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. instead of Halloween night.
 
“It was just too difficult to ask people to come out Halloween,” says Van Diest. “Kids want to go trick-or-treating, parents want to take them trick-or-treating, and I just didn’t want anyone to feel obligated.”

The walk will begin at the Glad Tidings Church, head down Pleasant Valley Road and then onto the memorial trail.

“We’re going to switch up the route this year,” says Van Diest. “I would like, more so, to follow the route Taylor took. I think it would be a little more symbolic if we did that.”

The 18-year-old was murdered by Matthew Foerster in a random act of violence.

Foerster was convicted of first-degree murder last year, and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. He is appealing the conviction.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2292059/van-diest-memorial-walk-changes-dates/ (http://globalnews.ca/news/2292059/van-diest-memorial-walk-changes-dates/)

A memorial walk for Taylor Van Diest will take place Nov. 1 in Armstrong. The teen was killed Halloween night 2011.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on June 09, 2016, 10:55:10 PM
June 9, 2016 8:06 pm   Updated: June 9, 2016 8:32 pm
 
Appeal in Van Diest murder conviction to be heard Friday

Doris Bregolisse     
Anchor/Reporter  Global News


ARMSTRONG, B.C. – Taylor Van Diest’s would have celebrated her 23rd birthday this Saturday, June 11. But instead of remembering her short life in painful silence, the Van Diest family is about to be dragged back into the gruesome details of her murder.

Foerster’s legal-aid lawyer asserts the judge made mistakes in his instructions to the jury around intoxication and on the attempted sexual assault as an element of first-degree murder.

Taylor’s mother, Marie Van Diest, told Global News they’re about to relive the horror of their daughter’s death all over again.

The Van Diest family will be at B.C. Supreme Court in Vernon, Friday to watch the appeal arguments that will be seen via video link in a courtroom that is open to the public.

“I won’t let people forget what he did to my daughter,’ said Van Diest.

Van Diest said she spent the day, Thursday, cleaning up the path dedicated to her daughter’s memory.

Foerster, now 30, was found guilty of first-degree murder in April 2014. Crown argued he also had the intention of raping her when he stalked her down the train tracks.

The trail judge instructed the jury that a killing committed during a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault is considered first-degree murder.

The appeal hearing begins at 10 a.m.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2753176/appeal-in-van-diest-murder-conviction-to-be-heard-friday/ (http://globalnews.ca/news/2753176/appeal-in-van-diest-murder-conviction-to-be-heard-friday/)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on June 10, 2016, 05:26:42 PM
Lawyers argue legal points in appeal of Armstrong teen's murderer
By Charlotte Helston
June 10, 2016 - 2:50 PM

 
VERNON - Convicted killer Matthew Foerster is appealing his first degree murder conviction in the gruesome death of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest on grounds that legal mistakes were made in his trial.

The appeal hearing, which comes two years after Foerster was found guilty, was held in Vancouver but live-streamed to the courthouse in Vernon where Van Diest’s family watched the proceedings.

Foerster’s lawyers, Roger Thirkell and Ken Beatch, went over a series of technicalities they believe constitute the need for a new trial.

The fact that Foerster killed Van Diest is not in dispute, but like his lawyer did during the trial, defence counsel argued there is weak evidence to suggest he did so while sexually assaulting her, or attempting to do so. To reach a verdict of first degree murder, the jury had to conclude he killed her while committing a sexual assault, or trying to.

Foerster admitted in a taped police interview that he was looking for sex and that if Van Diest hadn’t fought back, she would still be alive.

Defence counsel argued Justice Peter Rogers erred by not properly instructing the jury on whether they could consider Foerster’s post-offence conduct — the things he did after the murder, like taking the murder weapons (a shoelace and flashlight) from the scene and throwing them in a dumpster in Vernon — in reaching a verdict.

Defence lawyers also took issue with the admission of a text message sent from Van Diest’s phone to her boyfriend saying she was ‘being crepped.’ Her boyfriend testified that he understood the text to mean Van Diest was ’being creeped’ or being checked out in a sexual way. Defence argued the message was an expression of Van Diest’s state of mind, and not necessarily what was occurring.

Foerster is also arguing that his right to silence was used against him. During trial, Crown counsel pointed to the fact that Foerster never mentioned alcohol as a factor in what happened.

“As a matter of law, Mr. Foerster had no duty to answer any police questions, he had the right to say nothing,” Beatch said.

They also argued that when Foerster pushed Van Diest to the ground, he might not have done so for the purpose of sexually assaulting her.

Crown counsel Margaret Mereigh rebutted the arguments, insisting Foerster was clearly there to sexually assault Van Diest and that none of the technicalities brought forward by defence would have made a difference to the jury’s verdict.

She described how Foerster followed Van Diest, a young woman with a slight frame, down a secluded pathway as night fell.

“The greatest and most important evidence comes from the appellant himself from his police statement,” Mereigh said.

In the statement, Foerster agrees he went to Armstrong for sex, followed Van Diest onto the railroad tracks, pushed her down, told her to be quiet, and proceeded to strangle her with a shoelace and strike her on the head with a flashlight. She was left fatally injured.

As Mereigh described Van Diest’s brutal injuries, some family members excused themselves from the courtroom.

Mereigh pointed out the Crown lawyers during trial did not rely on Foerster’s post-offence conduct in proving his intent, they relied on the murder weapons and his police statements. She said Foerster’s statements to police were voluntary and made after he was read his Charter right and warned, and argued his right to silence was not used against him.

She said the trial judge properly explained to the jury how they could reach a verdict of first degree murder and said the defence’s scrutiny was but a “minute examination of the jury instructions in isolation.”

The panel of three judges reserved their decision following the roughly three-hour hearing.

It’s expected they will deliver a decision in the next few months.

http://infotel.ca/newsitem/lawyers-argue-legal-points-in-appeal-of-armstrong-teens-murderer/it31547 (http://infotel.ca/newsitem/lawyers-argue-legal-points-in-appeal-of-armstrong-teens-murderer/it31547)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jellybean on March 31, 2017, 06:09:01 PM
Sickening.  Why bother with trials at all!!

Just open the door and let them go.

This is going too far..... imo. Whether he intended to have sex or not - he murdered her.
That should have more bearing than anything else.
Our law makers, need to get out into the real world..... and stop their philosophical navel gazing.
They would think twice if it was their own daughter.

jb

Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: debbiec on March 04, 2018, 10:21:30 AM
Plea bargain deal for man accused of murdering Okanagan teenager

By Blaine Gaffney    
Reporter  Global News
February 28, 2018 6:20 pm


There will not be a second trial for a man previously convicted of first-degree murder in the death of an Okanagan teenager.

In April 2014, Matthew Stephen Foerster was found guilty in the October 2011 slaying of Taylor Van Diest.

The 18-year-old was was walking along railway tracks in Armstrong when she was savagely attacked.

Van Diest was strangled with a shoestring and then murdered by repeated blows to the back of her head with a heavy flashlight.

Foerster appealed his conviction, and because of mistakes by the trial judge in his final instructions to the jury, Foerster was granted a new trial.

That was scheduled to begin May 28th in Kelowna. Now, a new court date has been set for March 12th when court registry documents reveal Foerster intends to plead guilty.

Taylor Van Diest’s mother says in a plea bargain deal between prosecution and defence lawyers, Foerster will admit to second-degree murder.

“Of course we’re not happy,” says Marie Van Diest. “Just the idea of second-degree on the table is beyond comprehension to us because we know full well what he did. Justice is flawed.”

Van Diest says she’s been told when Foerster is sentenced in April the plea bargain calls for parole ineligibility to be set at no less than 17 years.

Forester’s original sentence for first-degree murder was a minimum 25 years behind bars.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4055147/plea-bargain-deal-for-man-accused-of-murdering-okanagan-teenager/ (https://globalnews.ca/news/4055147/plea-bargain-deal-for-man-accused-of-murdering-okanagan-teenager/)
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on March 05, 2018, 03:01:21 AM
Forester is a serial perpetrator of crimes against women.  His crimes escalated to murder....His last Victim was young Taylor.
We should not be hearing his name anymore...he should be locked away, with no more court dates.
Who is paying for his lawyer anyways?
I always want to know where these killers get their money to pay for lawyers for years and years.

He should never see the light of day, again....he is a dangerous offender.  Out in 17 years is too soon..At least leave it at the original sentence...minimum 25 years behind bars.
I’m sorry Taylor’s loved ones have had to go through what I call a mockery of the system.
Taylor was murdered in 2011.... it is now 2018... her loved ones should not still have to be dealing with the courts....talk about re-victimizing.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: Sap1 on March 12, 2018, 07:46:22 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/matthew-foerster-second-degree-murder-1.4572765

Excerpts:

The man charged in connection to the 2011 death of Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, a development the victim's family calls "disappointing."

Matthew Foerster had previously been convicted of first-degree murder in the case, but the B.C. Court of Appeal granted him a retrial in March 2017 after it was determined the jury was given incorrect instructions.

Foerster pleaded to the lesser charge at the Vernon, B.C., courthouse on Monday. As a result, there will be no second trial.

At his first trial, Foerster admitted he was responsible for the injuries to Van Diest, but contended he was only guilty of manslaughter or second-degree murder.

His father, Stephen Foerster, was previously sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to helping his son Matthew evade police.

Marie Van Diest said the family is grateful "no one has to go through the torment and torture of a new trial."

"I'm kind of relieved that it's ending here. All we can do is hope for the best and that [the judge] gives him an adequate sentence for what he's done."

Matthew Forester is expected to be sentenced in April.
Title: Re: Taylor Van Diest - 18 - Murdered - Oct. 31, 2011 - Armstrong, BC
Post by: jobo on March 13, 2018, 02:25:26 AM
Taylor’s mom is correct...no one has to go through the torture and torment of another trial...it’s been seven years since they lost their daughter...I can’t imagine their pain.
This crime so disturbs me.....a serial predator hanging around in the dark, in wait for his victim....and Taylor was only out having fun like any teenager on Halloween.
He needs to be deemed a dangerous offender....his Dad is no better.