The woman whose remains were found in Prince George's L. C. Gunn Park on Oct. 8 has been identified as 35-year-old Cynthia Frances Maas. Investigators are classifying her death as a homicide. Maas was last seen alive on Sept. 10.
Mounties had been working to determine the woman's identity since the remains were found by plainclothes officers and a police dog in a wooded area just off Highway 16 a week ago.
Maas was identified through fingerprints, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk late Friday. Her family, who live outside the Prince George area, has been notified.
Moskaluk said 30 to 40 investigators are still on the case.
We do want the general public to remain vigilant, in particular our more vulnerable citizens," he said.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300, local police or Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-8477.
Moskaluk said the area around the park where Maas's body was found is "frequented by sex-trade workers" and was being patrolled and searched as part of "attempts to further various missing persons' investigations."
Maas's disappearance and murder is the latest in a lengthy string of tragedies along Highway 16, the so-called Highway of Tears, usually involving women at risk.
Three women have gone missing in Prince George in recent months, and police say two of them, Maas and Natasha Lynn Montgomery, 23, were known to work in the sex trade.
Gladys Radek organizer of the annual Walk 4 Justice in support of women missing in Vancouver and along Highway 16 in northern B.C. said the discovery of Maas's remains is "worrisome and very concerning."
"It brings back memories for all the rest of the families and victims of the Highway of Tears," she said. firstname.lastname@example.org@theprovince.com
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