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barbclark

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« Reply #60 on: February 24, 2013, 02:14:32 PM »
i found a couple of their names..the interesting thing, i think is that there is actually a road in behind there...it starts at valley cliffe and it goes all the way to deep cove, through the capilano watershed....

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« Reply #61 on: February 24, 2013, 02:15:40 PM »
Here Barb - I originally posted this 3 years ago.

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

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

2. 17 Feb 75 Gayle Rogers, Vancouver, BC
        If it is the same young lady, found "Gail Sandra Rogers" Date of registered death, 7 Mar 75, she was born in 1949 so she was 26,
        her death is registered as "Squamish, BC"
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« Reply #62 on: February 24, 2013, 02:17:53 PM »

Furry Creek cont'd

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

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

For everyone's consideration. If I find anymore with this link I will add them to this post.

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« Reply #63 on: February 24, 2013, 02:20:54 PM »
back then, there wasnt anything there at all..the furry creek has been developed hhhhmmmm the 90s im thinking...nothing else was there at all at that time...the name furry creek was used as saying..the big hill on hwy 99, right a furry creek

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« Reply #64 on: February 24, 2013, 02:22:33 PM »
as well, it is close to britannia creek, which has alot of old roads up and behind it, because of the mining in the area.....so that is interesting as well, because during that time, the mind was actually open then.

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« Reply #65 on: February 24, 2013, 02:24:00 PM »
Interesting because when I dug up their death registrations, two of them actually said "Furry Creek".

I just tried to do a search on Judie Howie I couldn't find anything. Is it possible that is a variation on her name?

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« Reply #66 on: February 24, 2013, 02:28:40 PM »
sorry heres more, itkeeps coming back to me...at that time..im pretty sure woodfibre was open at the time, which is just across the sound. there was an actual town there, at that time, with housing for employees, school etc. so that opens up that area too..how ever i guess being that they were located there, and not from the area, i suppose its more likely someone from out of the area, but they could have a good knowledge of the area too...from that area, you can come over the duffy lake road as well, rather than through the mainland vancouver/fraser valley area..i dont know..i feel like im just rambling..stop  me..lol..oh and here is another thought....i wont name names but there was a man in town here, back then..he was the man who was rumoured to have killed judy howie....geez, its all coming back...the word was that they knew he did it but didnt want to charge him until they knew the charge would stick.....he did end up spending time in jail in the 90s i believe for spousal abuse..i think it was....

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« Reply #67 on: February 24, 2013, 02:30:23 PM »
well i think i saw her name on this site, but it was spelled howey...i always just assumed that the family name was spelled that way...try that..

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« Reply #68 on: February 24, 2013, 02:32:51 PM »
sorry i will be clearer. i assumed the name was spelled howie..dont know why. when i saw her name on here , i noted that it was spelled differently that i thought, but knew it was the same girl.i just checked the other spelling and came up with nothing as well, so maybe it was even spelled differently than that....

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« Reply #69 on: February 24, 2013, 02:33:26 PM »
Yup, just found it "Judith Frances Howey" - it is in another thread earlier here. Her death was registered as 29 May 1964, Squamish. I'll see if I can find anything else. It might make me a couple of days as I'm a bit tied up with work right now.


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« Reply #71 on: February 24, 2013, 02:40:24 PM »
More info found from 1998:


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

Thursday March 12, 1998

Man charged in 34-year-old murder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salim Jiwa, Staff Reporter The Province

It was 34 years ago.

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

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

Fearful parents escorted their children to and from school.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He said his own daughter was in school that day.

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

Ross said the charge will bring closure to the family and the community.

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« Reply #72 on: February 24, 2013, 02:48:28 PM »
yes yes yes...i recall this..it was all pretty hush hush at first..and then because of his age at the time, his name was kept confidential although everyone knew who it was, and it was told to everyone, im guessing by him or his wife, that is was for something else...he got out a few years ago. he only did 5 years....so i suppose if he was only 15 at the time he couldnt have driven to vancouver,....or could he...he lived here during all those years after ward,i wonder if he was a suspect in the other 4 at all....

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« Reply #73 on: February 24, 2013, 03:18:49 PM »
Hi Fraser,

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

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

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

The four cases where the bodies were found around Furry Creek should also be under the Historical Homicide Unit.  It would be nice to know if they ever re-investigated these cases, as they have just recently done with the Highway of Tears project.  (including highways 16, 97 and 5).

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« Reply #74 on: February 24, 2013, 03:23:18 PM »
yes, thank you, that number would be great.  ...i want to make sure it gets intothe right hands..i just keep thinking..u just never know....