Author Topic: Gale Weys - Oct 19, 1973 - Age 19 - Murdered - Clearwater - HOT Probe  (Read 20094 times)

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Re: Gale Weys - Oct 19, 1973 - Age 19 - Murdered - Clearwater - HOT Probe
« Reply #45 on: September 26, 2012, 11:20:48 PM »
The Weys family provided the following statement in Kamloops today:


Hello,( I am) Denice Weys and (I am) Dianne Weddell and Gale was our older sister. We have a statement to read on behalf of our family.

Second in a family of 9, Gale was the quintessential older sister, always supportive and protective of her younger siblings. She was a tomboy, fiercely independent and enjoying all types of outdoor adventure and activities, dragging us, her siblings and friends along for the fun. Whether it was teaching us to ride a bike, how to swim, or organizing a hike and exploration of the surrounding hills it was an all for one and one for all attitude. With an infectious laugh and sharp sense of humour she was a natural leader and challenged others to go beyond the limits they had set themselves. She loved amusement park rides and at the local fair or the PNE always cajoled others onto the fastest, highest, scariest rides.  Achieving high grades in school, she enjoyed learning and in turn tutoring her younger siblings including teaching them to read before even entering school. A childhood spent in first Brownies, Guides, then Rangers culminated in becoming a leader herself. As a teenager she earned her National Lifeguard Certificate and taught swimming lessons. As a volunteer she worked with and taught special needs children.

Within the Guiding organization Gale traveled a number of places, Expo 66, the Northwest Territories and Mexico City creating a desire to explore more of the world. It was during that trip to Mexico that Gale’s sensitive and compassionate nature became aware of the stark poverty and suffering that exists in the world and instilled a desire to somehow help alleviate it.

Having just moved away from home Gale was living and working in Clearwater exploring a newly independent stage of life as a young adult. She was working two jobs to save money for a trip to Mexico but always knew that the role of motherhood; her strongest aspiration, was what the future held for her.

These dreams and many others yet to be created were never fulfilled as life was taken from her, and she from us, violently, painfully and abruptly.

As a family we truly never thought this open wound would be resolved in any way; we had given up hope.  We are grateful for the ongoing work by the police over the years on Gale's behalf and this new development that offers some answers and relief. Unfortunately, as the police have stated this compelling evidence is not definitive proof. To that end we, Gale's family, are asking people to think back to that time in the early 70's.

If you have any memories of this man Fowler or recollections of these events please contact the police tip line or crime stoppers. Perhaps you found her clothing and didn't understand what you had found; perhaps you met or worked with this man. Perhaps he assaulted you in some way, made you feel uncomfortable or maybe he was involved in a bar fight. Anything could be hugely helpful, even if you are not 100% certain it's truly related, or you think it's just trivial. If fear has kept you silent, Fowler can no longer hurt you in any way, so please come forward. For our family and other families that are going through the loss of a loved one there is still that uncertainty of not knowing; questions and emotions left hanging. If you can help in any way please do so for Gale and all the other women.

This is all we wish to say at this time, we ask if you have further questions please direct them to the police and respect our family's privacy.

 


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Re: Gale Weys - Oct 19, 1973 - Age 19 - Murdered - Clearwater - HOT Probe
« Reply #46 on: June 30, 2014, 01:46:31 AM »
So sad... I hope the answers are found.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Thirty+nine+years+later+family+Highway+Tears+victim+Gale+Weys+hopes+answers/7303801/story.html

Thirty-nine years later, family of Highway of Tears victim Gale Weys hopes for answers
 Killer Bobby Jack Fowler is a supect in 19-year-old's murder in 1973

 By Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun June 2, 2014

Gale Weys’ family had given up hope her murder would ever be solved, and are now asking the public to give tips to police about Bobby Jack Fowler — a new suspect in the 39-year-old case.

“As a family we truly never thought this open wound would be resolved in any way; we had given up hope,” Weys’ two sisters, Denice Weys and Dianne Weddell, said in a statement released Wednesday.

“If you can help in any way please do so for Gale and all the other women.”

Weys is one of 18 girls and women who disappeared from or were murdered along three B.C. highways, and comprise the so-called Highway of Tears case being investigated by the RCMP’s Project E-Pana.

Investigators announced Tuesday that DNA proves Fowler — a U.S. convict who died in prison in 2006 — killed 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen, who went missing from Lac La Hache in 1974.

Click here to see photos of women missing and murdered on Highway of Tears

Police also said Fowler was a “strong suspect” in the cases of 19-year-old Weys, last seen in Clearwater in 1973, and Pamela Darlington, also 19, whose body was found in the Kamloops area in 1973. There is no DNA proof, though, connecting him to those two victims.

All three women were believed to have been hitchhiking just before they were killed.

Police know Fowler was working as a roofer in Prince George in 1974, but are looking for information about when else the transient man was in B.C.

Weys’ sisters said the development provides them with some relief, but are echoing the RCMP’s request for people to think back to the 1970s for any information — no matter how big or small — about Ways or Fowler.

“Perhaps you found her clothing and didn’t understand what you had found; perhaps you met or worked with this man. Perhaps he assaulted you in some way, made you feel uncomfortable or maybe he was involved in a bar fight,” the statement said.

“If fear has kept you silent, Fowler can no longer hurt you in any way, so please come forward.”

Weys had moved in 1973 to Clearwater from her parents’ Kamloops home, and was working two jobs to save money for a trip to Mexico.

Ron Hagerman was a banker in Clearwater in 1973 and often ate meals in the hotel in the small town on Highway 5, one of three roads linked to the E-Pana cases.

He vividly remembers Gale working in the hotel pub, and seeing her there the night she disappeared in October 1973.

“I know that night she was asking around for someone to drive her to Kamloops, because her parents lived there. No one was going to Kamloops, and so she just walked outside and stuck out her thumb,” Hagerman told The Sun.

Gale, he said, was very outgoing and friendly, and he can recall the grief in the community when she went missing and when her body was found six months later just off Highway 5 in a water-filled ditch.

Hagerman, who is now semi-retired and living in Surrey, does not recall seeing a man who looked like Fowler in the pub that night.

He said he still thinks about Gale, and wishes he had offered her that ride to Kamloops. “She’d just make you smile. She seemed to get along with absolutely everybody.”

The Sun produced a special report on The Highway of Tears case (vancouversun.com/news/vanished) in 2009, but little information was available about Weys.

Her sisters said she was the second of nine children in her family, and was a funny, protective older sibling, a good student, a Girl Guide leader, a volunteer with special-needs children, and a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

“She was a tomboy, fiercely independent and enjoying all types of outdoor adventure and activities,” the statement said. “(Her) life was taken from her — and she from us — violently, painfully and abruptly.”

Fowler was ruled out as a suspect in eight of the 18 E-Pana cases, but is a person of interest in the remaining ones.

He was known to travel extensively through the U.S. in old cars and had a criminal record for violent offences. He is also a suspect in the murders of four young women in Oregon in the 1990s. Police received more than 100 tips in the 24 hours after they appealed to the public for information about Folwer. Anyone with a tip is asked to call 1-877-543-4822.

E-Pana by the numbers:

— 726 boxes of evidence to that was thoroughly search for the 10 cases

— 1,413 persons of interest investigated, and almost 90 per cent have been eliminated as suspects

— 750 DNA samples collected

— 100 plus polygraph tests conducted

— 2,500 people interviewed

— 17,984 investigative inquiries to pursue: 75 per cent of those have been done.
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Re: Gale Weys - Oct 19, 1973 - Age 19 - Murdered - Clearwater - HOT Probe
« Reply #47 on: October 19, 2017, 04:18:43 PM »
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As a family we truly never thought this open wound would be resolved in any way; we had given up hope.  We are grateful for the ongoing work by the police over the years on Gale's behalf and this new development that offers some answers and relief. Unfortunately, as the police have stated this compelling evidence is not definitive proof. To that end we, Gale's family, are asking people to think back to that time in the early 70's.

If you have any memories of this man Fowler or recollections of these events please contact the police tip line or crime stoppers. Perhaps you found her clothing and didn't understand what you had found; perhaps you met or worked with this man. Perhaps he assaulted you in some way, made you feel uncomfortable or maybe he was involved in a bar fight. Anything could be hugely helpful, even if you are not 100% certain it's truly related, or you think it's just trivial. If fear has kept you silent, Fowler can no longer hurt you in any way, so please come forward. For our family and other families that are going through the loss of a loved one there is still that uncertainty of not knowing; questions and emotions left hanging. If you can help in any way please do so for Gale and all the other women.

This is all we wish to say at this time, we ask if you have further questions please direct them to the police and respect our family's privacy.

More information was provided to the RCMP in regard the murder of Gale Weys.  It is unknown whether any of that has ever made its way to the family or if they would even wish to know anything not vetted through the RCMP. BJ Fowler was rightly identified as the culprit but there is one last story that should be known of Gale imo; she may very well have saved the life or lives of others on that same day by way of her actions. Fate and coincidence always play a role in outcomes but what ifs seldom get spoken of. Her's was one heroic heart.
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