http://www.edmontonsun.com/2011/11/28/teens-life-taken-in-1983-blazeTeen's life taken in 1983 blaze
By Pamela Roth,Edmonton Sun
First posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 07:43 PM MST | Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 07:52 AM MST
Charlotte Hazel Baas was found dead in Edmonton on December 18, 1983. In the early morning hours personnel from the Edmonton Fire Department responded to a house fire at 10606 - 151 Street in Edmonton, Charlotte Hazel Baas was found dead inside. GARY BARTLETT/EDMONTON SUN QMI AGENCY
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Terri Baas can’t help but wonder what her eldest daughter’s wedding would have been like or how many grandchildren she would have had to spoil.
It’s been nearly 28 years since the life of her daughter, Charlotte, was cut short by the hands of a killer, and that killer has yet to be brought to justice.
“That hole is always there. It gets smaller as time goes by, but I do miss her,” said Terri, 67. “Her life was just beginning and it was snuffed out.”
Early morning fire
In the early morning hours of Dec. 18, 1983, emergency crews were called to a fire at 106 Avenue and 151 Street. There, they found Charlotte dead inside the home where she had been living with friends.
The 18-year-old was found in bed with a dead dog curled up beside her, after the blaze was extinguished.
Police later said the blaze had been intentionally set using gasoline. Charlotte died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The previous evening, Charlotte had been at her parents’ home to celebrate her father’s birthday. She was adamant she had to return to take care of the dogs and plants, so her father gave her a ride home. The fire started later.
The next day, a homicide detective showed up at the Baas residence to deliver the grim news about their daughter.
For Terri, the news was devastating.
“I think I just hit the floor. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
“You see it on TV and you hear it from others, so you think it’s not going to hit you, but it can hit you.”
Terri remembers Charlotte as an animal lover who had a zest for life, loved nature and had a willingness to try almost anything new.
Since Charlotte’s untimely death, life for Terri and her family hasn’t been easy.
Terri has kept busy, which has allowed her to move forward and not dwell too much on the past. She found the strength to pull through her darkest times with the support of her minister.
Still, Terri harbours much anger as she continues to wait for answers to her list of questions. Throughout the years, she has heard conflicting stories about her daughter’s death.
One involves a vehicle stolen by someone who was out to get even with another person, but got the wrong house.
According to Terri, police had suspects in the case, but it never amounted to any arrests.
Adding to her anger, Terri feels the case was overshadowed by other high-profile murder investigations going on at the time, and not enough attention was spent on the hunt for Charlotte’s killer.
Although much time has now passed, she remains hopeful that whoever killed her daughter will eventually step forward or slip up and tell the wrong person.
“We all have to be accountable for our actions. I am hoping that maybe it will come to a conclusion,” said Terri.
“The weight is not so heavy on the shoulders, but you still wish that he would be caught.”
A $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible is still available.
Police spokesperson Clair Seyler said police have exhausted all leads in the case and fresh tips are needed.
That’s why it’s important for anyone who knew Charlotte in any way to come forward and speak with investigators