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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2010, 10:18:36 PM »
MARK HUME
VANCOUVER— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 9:23PM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 9:52PM EST


An alert police officer and a provincial conservation officer with animal-tracking skills are being praised for their teamwork in finding the body of a slain blind girl and arresting a suspect along a dark and lonely road in northern British Columbia.

RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk of B.C.’s North District Major Crimes Unit said the case against Cody Alan Legebokoff, 20, who has been charged with one count of murder in the death of 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie, began to unfold on Saturday night when a pickup truck swerved off a logging road onto Stuart Lake Highway.

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By coincidence, an RCMP officer was passing by and reacted quickly, pulling over the truck, questioning the driver and then having a conservation officer search the woods nearby.

“We have to, of course, state the obvious – yeah, we’ve got some good work that was done here,” Cpl. Moskaluk said.

He said the RCMP officer had legal grounds to stop the truck.

“There was some driving pattern . . . there may have been speed involved, which caught the officer’s eye,” Cpl. Moskaluk said. “It was how the vehicle entered . . . the highway and pulled away from there [that] drew attention.”

He said the RCMP officer, who has not yet been named, was headed south from the detachment in Fort St. James to deliver some items to a colleague who was headed north from Vanderhoof.

They were to rendezvous along the Stuart Lake Highway, a spur road to the Highway of Tears, which links Prince Rupert to Prince George and is infamous because 18 girls or women have been murdered or disappeared along it over the past 20 years.

Cpl. Moskaluk said the continuing Highway of Tears investigation, which is the focus of a police task force, has made every RCMP officer in the region more vigilant.

“Certainly, the members themselves that are in all these communities . . . are all very, very sensitive to what has been ongoing,” he said.

The RCMP task force is officially investigating the deaths or disappearances of 18 women. But the tally could be higher. Just last month, the body of Cynthia Frances Maas, 35, was found in a park near Prince George, and in August, 23-year-old Natasha Lynn Montgomery vanished. She was last seen in Prince George.

Ms. Leslie, legally blind with 50 per cent vision in one eye and zero in the other, was last seen by her family in Fort St. James on Saturday afternoon, when she said she was going out for coffee with a friend. Police have not said whether the girl had been reported missing.

Her father, Doug Leslie, said to CTV News that he was told his daughter planned to go for a drive with Mr. Legebokoff, an acquaintance, the day she was killed.

It was 9:45 on Saturday night when the officer saw the pickup truck pull onto the highway off the little used logging road in a heavily forested area 22 km north of Vanderhoof.

Cpl. Moskaluk praised the officer for taking the initiative.

“What you’ve just seen there is what we would describe as self-generated work,” he said. “You know the adage of ‘when in doubt, check it out’ comes to mind.”

After the truck driver was questioned, police made a late night call to Cam Hill, a conservation officer in Vanderhoof who has been busy in recent weeks dealing with moose and deer poaching in the area.

Mr. Hill drove to the scene, then traced the truck’s route back up the road, and in the freshly fallen snow followed tracks to the girl’s body.

“It’s interesting ... that’s on our side when we work in winter climate,” Cpl. Moskaluk said of the signs left in the snow. “You know, it can speak for itself to a high degree as to what you have and who’s been there.”

He said police put a no-fly order over the crime scene to keep media helicopters from possibly stirring up snow and covering tracks.

Cpl. Moskaluk said with the accused set to make a first appearance in court on Wednesday, and autopsy results coming, police will soon have more to say about the case, including naming the arresting officer whose actions led to the uncovering of a fresh crime scene.

“Right now, the focus and where we are in priorities is a continuation of the processing of forensic evidence, and a big priority too is dealing with the family through this ordeal,” he said.

Mr. Hill, who wasn’t named by police but who confirmed his involvement in a phone call, declined to comment, except to say that in small towns, conservation officers and police often join forces.

“We have an excellent working relationship,” he said.

Relatives of the accused man refused to comment when reached in Fort St. James.

Police asked media to respect the privacy of Ms. Leslie’s family “while they deal with this tragic situation.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/teamwork-praised-in-finding-teens-body-arresting-suspect/article1819813/

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2010, 10:15:53 AM »
Victim and Accused Were Not Strangers Say RCMP
By 250 News

Friday, December 03, 2010 04:14 AM


Prince George, B.C. – The autopsy on 15 year old Loren Leslie was performed yesterday, one day later than initially planned, but RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk says he has not been advised as to the results. He says that information is not likely to be released any time soon, seeing as how a person has been charged in connection with the murder of the 15 year old and that case is already making its way through the court system.
 
The autopsy was performed one day later than initially planned because of issues at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Although Corporal Moskaluk didn’t known the exact reason for the delay, it is known that hospital was facing troubles over cleanliness of surgical instruments.
 
Moskaluk was able to confirm Loren Leslie and the accused knew each other. “They were not strangers, they had been communicating with each other” says Moskaluk, but he was not prepared to elaborate on how they had been communicating whether it be texting or through social media such as Facebook.
 
Although there have been many questions about this tragic death and the recent murder of 35 year old Cynthia Maas and the disappearance of Natasha Lynn Montgomery, Corporal Moskaluk says investigators have not provided him with any information that would suggest the cases are linked “I have not seen the autopsy findings on Cynthia Maas, or the autopsy findings on Loren Leslie, so I am not able to comment on that.”
 
There have also been reports the accused and Loren Leslie were in Prince George the day Loren was murdered, Corporal Moskaluk says he is not able to confirm those reports “I can say we have spoken to many members of the community, and we have been able to put together a good degree of the timeline leading up to the arrest of the accused.”
 
Loren’s body was found off an unused logging road Saturday night after a suspicious RCMP officer pulled over a pick up truck that was turning on to highway 27   from that logging road.
 
20 year old Cody Legebokoff has been charged with first degree murder, and will be back in court on January 5th, 2011. He remains in custody. 


http://www.opinion250.com/blog/view/18555/3/victim+and+accused+were+not+strangers+say+rcmp

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2010, 08:50:26 PM »
Now - here we have one RCMP officer on the ball.  Hope he gets a promotion.  The RCMP could use more like him.

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2010, 11:53:39 PM »
The body of murdered 15-year-old Vanderhoof student Loren Donn Leslie has returned home after being sent to Pennsylvania for further investigation over a week ago.

Her body came back on Friday and was cremated at a private family burial in Vanderhoof Saturday.

Leslie’s body was discovered Saturday, November 27 off an unused logging road between Vanderhoof and Fort St. James, after an RCMP member from Fort St. James pulled over a vehicle that was emerging out of an unused logging road on Highway 27.

A Fort St. James man, 20-year-old Cody Alan Legebokoff, the lone driver of the truck, was detained and later arrested when the lifeless body of Leslie was discovered a short way up the logging road from which his truck had emerged.

Legebokoff has since been charged with one count of first-degree murder and has made is first court appearance in Prince George. His next court date will be January 5 in Prince George which is also the same day as Leslie’s birthday.

“Some people say they should move the court date, but I don’t think they should,” Loren’s father Doug Leslie told the Express on Monday.

“There’s a significance there so I think we should leave it,” he said.

The RCMP North District Major Crimes Unit is conducting the investigation into the murder, assisted by members of the Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake and Fort St. James RCMP detachments. While the physical examination of the crime scene has now finished, Legebokoff’s GMC pick up is still being examined by police.

His residence in Prince George, was also searched a week last Wednesday.

“Investigators with the RCMP North District MCU executed a search warrant at the Prince George residence of Cody Legebokoff on Wednesday December 1,” stated Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, the North District’s Senior Media Relations Officer in a press release last week.

“Our officers attended the Laird Drive residence in Prince George in efforts to collect any evidence connected to the death of Loren Leslie,” he said.

No information is being released in respect to the cause of death, or injuries incurred at this point.

Leslie had been clinically blind since birth, with no sight in one eye and about 50 per cent sight in the other.

“She was pretty much blind but her art and her writing was fantastic and her feel for people was incredible,” said Mr. Leslie, who is currently planning to go out on a speaking tour in schools all over north America to spread Loren’s message.

“We have to start training people to start looking out for each other like Loren did,” he said.

“Maybe it will make a difference ... I’m hoping it will.”

His next plan is to speak to government officials about the possibility of funding to enable him to carry out his plans.

“The governments got programs such as safety and school programs which this will fit into,” he said.

He also plans to hand out pictures of his daughter, with some of her own words on it. The same words that were read out at her funeral...

“I do hear well. I hear others cutting their friends apart, saying unkind things, just to make themselves feel better,” she wrote. “I hear people’s feelings being hurt by those ignoring them.

“I hear tears on people’s faces who aren’t accepted because they don’t have the right look, the right clothes, or they aren’t cool enough to be popular.”

Mr. Leslie says there are also plans to create remembrance benches at three schools in the area including Fraser Lake Secondary School, where she attended in grade 8, Nechako Valley Secondary School, the school she was attending at the time of her death and D.P. Todd in Prince George where she had a lot of friends.

Her father plans to have plaques created for the “thought” benches, which will have Loren’s picture and some of her writing on them. Mr. Leslie would like to hear from anyone who was effected or touched by his daughter in anyway so that he can use their words as well as his own for when he speaks at schools.

“I want to get everybody’s thoughts about how she effected them or touched them in life and death to put it on paper and get it to me so we can compiled it all and make a story that i can take along... she has effected people as far away as Missouri,” he said. If anyone would like to contribute they can email their thoughts to him at dleslie53@live.ca.



http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/111828784.html#?=&cb=f22d438c5c3bf78&relation=parent&transport=fragment&frame=f16af2ad0d177f9

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2010, 03:08:49 PM »
By Hannah Wright - Vanderhoof Omineca Express
Published: December 21, 2010 11:00 PM
 
The two RCMP officers involved in the initial investigation leading to the finding of Loren Leslie’s body and the arrest of Cody Alan Legebokoff on November 27 are being nominated for a Commanding Officers Award.

Staff Sergeant Dave Beach from the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment will be making the application.

“They did some really good work and it deserves recognition,” said Beach.

If they are given the award they will receive a plaque in appreciation of outstanding work.

The two officers are from both Vanderhoof and Fort St. James. The Fort officer pulled over Legebokoff’s vehicle after deeming it suspicious as it was pulling out of an unused logging road late at night. Soon after he was assisted by Const. Kanwalprit Sidhu from the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment who worked with him throughout the night.

The two officers had been on their way to meet each other half way between the two communities to exchange some items, when the Fort St. James officer noticed Legebokoff’s vehicle pulling out of the unused logging road.

A short story will be submitted of what happened that night, along with clippings from the newspapers and responses to the work they did on blogs and news websites. The application will then go to the District Officer who will add his comments before the application is sent to the RCMP headquarters in Vancouver.


http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/ominecaexpress/news/112231129.html

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2011, 05:56:02 PM »
By Hannah Wright - Vanderhoof Omineca Express
Published: February 16, 2011 12:00 PM

Another court date has been set for Cody Alan Legebokoff.

He has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Loren Donn Leslie of Fraser Lake.

His lawyer, Bruce Kaun appeared in provincial court on February 8 in Prince George on his behalf. Although the date for a preliminary hearing was sought, Kaun says it’s likely it won’t be set until as late as the beginning of 2012. It is not known whether the hearing, which is expected to last two weeks, will be held in Vanderhoof or Prince George.

Legebokoff has been in custody since he was arrested on November 27, the night that the body of 15-year-old Leslie was found off an unused logging road just north of Vanderhoof on Highway 27.

Kaun will be back in court on February 23 where it is hoped a date will be fixed for the preliminary hearing.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/caledoniacourier/news/116255534.html

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2011, 06:54:22 PM »
By Hannah Wright - Vanderhoof Omineca Express
Published: March 02, 2011 6:00 AM

The preliminary hearing for a Fort St. James man accused of murder will be held in Vanderhoof at the beginning of next year.

Cody Alan Legebokoff has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie of Fraser Lake.

Leslie’s body was found on an unused logging road off Highway 27 just to the north of Vanderhoof on November 27 2010.

The preliminary hearing will take place over a period of two weeks, starting on January 10-13 and 17-20. The hearing  will decide whether enough evidence is available for a trial against the accused.

Legebokoff, 20, remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on June 29 in Prince George.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/ominecaexpress/news/117103778.html

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2011, 01:39:42 PM »
Global news is reporting that Lorens murderer has been implicated in 4 other cases.  Will try to find a report on who, I only heard Cynthia Maas name mentioned.

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2011, 01:57:06 PM »
Global news is reporting that Lorens murderer has been implicated in 4 other cases.  Will try to find a report on who, I only heard Cynthia Maas name mentioned.

Thanks solvy,

I had wondered if they would end up looking at him for more. He is so young!

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2011, 02:10:28 PM »
Oh, I heard that, and one of the other names were Natasha Montgomery, I also caught Cynthia's name and a Jill St. something or other (didn't quite catch it).
I am not so sure they are sure these 4 victims are all that he killed, unfortunately.   He is very young to have murdered so many.


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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2011, 02:27:57 PM »
If this guy turns out to be guilty he will be a 21 year old serial killer. Not sure if I've ever heard of anyone that age being a serial killer.

 
Alleged serial killer charged over four women’s deaths in B.C.
Vancouver— Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 2:43PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 3:45PM EDT

A 21-year-old man awaiting trial in the death of a 15-year-old girl has been charged with the murders of three other women since 2009.

Cody Legebokoff was arrested in the three deaths last week at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre where he is awaiting trial in the death of Loren Leslie of Fraser Lake, RCMP said Monday.

He made a court appearance on Monday.

The Prince George man is now facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Jill Stuchenko and Cynthia Maas, both aged 35, as well as 23-year-old Natasha Montgomery, RCMP Inspector Brendan Fitzpatrick told a news conference.

However, in an interview, Insp. Fitzpatrick said that RCMP are not linking Monday’s developments to the ongoing matter of the Highway of Tears case involving the disappearances of 18 young women since 1969 along a 50-kilometre stretch of northern road between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

“We were very alive to the possibility. However, through forensics and pure mathematics, there’s no nexus between Mr. Legebokoff and the Highway of Tears victims,” he said.

He noted that the last victim on the list of women in the highway case was in 2006. “He would have been barely able to drive a car at that time,” said Insp. Fitzpatrick.

He said police will not be disclosing the cause of death in the cases.

Monday’s charges follow a 10-month investigation dubbed Project E-Prelude, which came to involve police resources across Canada and the United States, said Insp. Fitzpatrick.

Mr. Legebokoff was arrested in November, 2010 after his truck was stopped when an alert RCMP officer saw it swerve onto a highway from a logging road. Tire tracks from the vehicle led to the remains of Ms. Leslie, a blind girl who vanished.

Ms. Montgomery, a Quesnel resident was reported missing in 2010, and has not yet been found, but Ms. Sturchenko was found dead in a Prince George-area gravel pit in 2009 and Ms. Maas found in an area park in October, 2010.

Insp. Fitzpatrick said there was evidence to warrant the murder charge in the case of Ms. Montgomery even though her body has not been found.

All three women vanished without explanation. Ms. Montgomery was reported missing the same day as Ms. Maas.

Insp. Fitzpatrick did not get into specifics about what led to a breakthrough in the case, but noted search warrants were executed at two Prince George residences associated with Mr. Legebokoff and that the vehicle he was driving at the time of Ms. Leslie’s November, 2010 murder has also been closely examined over several weeks.

He noted that Mr. Legebokoff was an extensive user of social media and online dating with the username 1CountryBoy. Police, he said, are interested in any information from the public about contacts with Mr. Legebokoff between October, 2009 and November, 2010

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/alleged-serial-killer-charged-over-four-womens-deaths-in-bc/article2203718/

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #27 on: October 17, 2011, 02:40:30 PM »
Thanks or finding that report Debbie.  It looks like 1countryboy will be getting a taste of behind bars  for quite a while. 

Excellent work RCMP!

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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #28 on: October 19, 2011, 08:56:28 AM »
Two stories here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/10/18/cody-legebokoff-serial-killer_n_1018631.html
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/18/cody-alan-legebokoff-suspected-serial-killer/

Loren's mom says she allegedly met her killer online, then again later at a party. The second story quotes friends of Legebokoff as saying that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They also say that he disappeared for a few weeks before Loren's murder.

This one is back online now:

http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/10/17/murdered-teen-may-have-ended-serial-killers-career


Murdered teen may have ended serial killer's career
By Michael Platt,Calgary Sun

Had she only heeded her worried mother’s advice, Loren Donn Leslie might still be alive.
 
Just two days before the 15-year-old B.C. teen died at the hands of an alleged serial killer, Donna Leslie was begging her troubled teen daughter to stop accepting rides from strangers.
 
“She was making bad choices,” said Donna, speaking publicly for the first time since Loren’s body was found on a remote logging road just off Highway 27 near Vanderhoof, B.C., last November.
 
The legally-blind Grade 10 student was kind, generous and helpful — but prone to depression and impulsive decisions, like thumbing lifts on the highway near her Fraser Lake home.
 
With just 48 hours left in her young life, Donna and Loren even went to a counsellor together, where the subject of the teen’s hitchhiking was a central topic.
 
“Two days before this happened I took her to see a counsellor. I went in with her,and I brought up the fact she would get in a vehicle with almost complete strangers,” said Donna.
 
“I was very concerned. Of course I was concerned — I was freaked right out. I brought it up at the counsellor and the counsellor addressed the issue.
 
“But two days later, she was dead.”
 
If RCMP in Prince George, B.C. are right, a chance arrest by a sharp-eyed police officer shortly after Leslie died means a killing spree dating back to 2009 is finally over.
 
Spotting a GMC pickup truck turning onto the highway from an unplowed logging trail, the officer grew suspicious and pulled it over — and whatever the cop found inside the truck resulted in an arrest.
 
With the help of a conservation officers, Mounties followed the truck tracks back through the woods — and they soon found Leslie, murdered in the snow.
 
The 20-year-old in handcuffs, Cody Alan Legebokoff, was an unlikely murderer — never mind the serial killer police now claim him to be.
 
Even Leslie’s mom describes him as a popular young man from a decent family.
 
“He comes from a very good family, a very upstanding and decent family,” said Donna.
 
Until this week’s shock announcement, charging Legebokoff with the murders of three other women in the Prince George area, Leslie’s mom always assumed her daughter had a link to her murderer.
 
Being told she was actually the victim of a serial killer is actually easier to take, she says.
 
“It really does change things for me — initially, I thought it might be something personal, now I know it was probably just an opportunity,” said Donna.
 
“It makes it almost easier because I realize my daughter’s death ended a serial killer’s career. Not that it’s easy at all, but at least there’s some meaning to it.”
 
If Legebokoff is guilty, it means the baby-faced adult was stalking his victims as a teenager.
 
The remains of his alleged first victim, 35-year-old Prince George mom Jill Stacey Stuchenko, were found in a gravel pit in October 2009.
 
The two remaining murder victims, Cynthia Frances Maas, 35, and Natasha Lynn Montgomery, 23, both went missing on Sept 23, 2010.
 
Though evidence points to murder, Montgomery has yet to be found.
 
Maas’ body was located two weeks later in a remote park — and on Wednesday, her cousin Stephanie Apsassin expressed relief at the arrest.
 
“It’s good — an arrest is very good news,” she said, before expressing shock over the suspect’s young age.
 
“It makes you wonder what he went through, whether he had a difficult childhood.”
 
If there are other victims, police have yet to say. Legebokoff lived in Lethbridge, Alberta between June 2008 and August 2009, but police there say they have no unsolved files with an obvious link.
 
For Leslie’s mom, the pain felt by the Legebokoff family at the young man’s arrest mean they deserve compassion too.
 
“I just feel so horrible for his family — that’s another complete loss, another child, lost,” she said.
 
“It must be just as horrifying for them.”
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Re: Loren Leslie 15 years old found murdered, Fort St. James, BC
« Reply #29 on: October 19, 2011, 09:10:32 AM »
from well:
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Loren's mom says she allegedly met her killer online, then again later at a party. The second story quotes friends of Legebokoff as saying that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They also say that he disappeared for a few weeks before Loren's murder.


This statement concerns me. I wonder where he went in the few weeks before Loren's murder. I hope we don't find he has more victims, but would not be surprised. This guy was very young when he started killing and probably would have continued if he hadn't been caught.

 

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