RCMP investigators met with the family members of women missing or murdered along Highway 16 and other B.C. interior Highways, Saturday.
B.C. RCMP spokeswoman Corp. Annie Linteau said 20 people attended the meeting with Project EPANA investigators.
“The meeting was part of our commitment to keep members of the family informed about the investigation,” Linteau said.
Project EPANA was created by the RCMP in 2005 to investigate the cases of 18 women missing or murdered along the so-called Highway of Tears and other provincial highways since 1969.
Linteau said the investigators had little new to offer family members, other than the review phase of the investigation is complete and the EPANA team is now conducting operational investigations.
“The RCMP remain committed to the furtherance of Project E-PANA,” C/Supt. Craig Callens said in a press release. “Resources continue to be deployed to the project as a provincial priority in an effort to bring the offender (or offenders) to justice and some measure of closure to the families and loved ones of the victims.”
Callens is the deputy criminal operations officer for the RCMP’s “E” Division.
The original nine victims included in the investigation were: Monica Ignas, 15, last seen alive Dec. 13, 1974 in Thornhill, just west of Terrace; Alberta Williams, 24, last seen alive on Aug. 27, 1989 leaving Popeye’s Pub in Prince Rupert at about 2:30 a.m.; Delphine Nikal, 15, missing since June 13, 1990 hitchhiking from Smithers to Telkwa; Ramona Wilson, 16, last seen alive June 11, 1994 hitchhiking between Smithers and Moricetown; Lana Derrick, 19, missing from Terrace since 1995; Roxanne Thiara, 15, last seen alive in Prince George in July, 1994 and found dead near Burns Lake in August of that year; Leah Alishia Germaine, 15, found dead in Prince George in December, 1994; Nicole Hoar, 25, missing since June 21, 2002 hitchhiking west of Prince George; and Tamara Chipman, 22, missing since Sept. 21, 2005 hitchhiking outside of Prince Rupert.
In 2007 the list was expanded to include: Aielah Saric-Auger, 14, found dead on Highway 16 east of Prince George in February, 2006; Gloria Moody, found dead in Williams Lake in 1969; Micheline Pare, murdered in Hudson Hope in 1970; Gale Weys, killed in Clearwater in 1973; Pamela Darlington, found dead in Kamloops in 1973; Colleen MacMillen, murdered in 100 Mile House in 1974; Monica Jack, killed in Merritt in 1978; Maureen Mosie, found dead in Kamloops in 1981; and Shelly-ann Bascu, missing from Hinton since 1983.
Anyone who has any information about the disappearance or homicides of these women is asked to contact the Unsolved Homicide Tip Line at 1-877-543-4822 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).