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    Highway of Tears - one murderer found

    A string of murders and disappearances over the past 43 years along a northern British Columbia road that has come to be known as the “highway of tears” is not the work of a single killer, police have revealed.

    In a rare public update from Project E-Pana, a task force that has been working on the cases since 2005, police said on Tuesday that they have definitively resolved one of them, and they put a name to the killer: a deceased U.S. sex offender named Bobby Jack Fowler.

    DNA testing in 2012 led to the oldest match in Interpol history, they said, linking Mr. Fowler to 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen of Lac La Hache, B.C., who was found dead in 1974 a month after she tried to hitchhike to a friend’s house. Mr. Fowler died of lung cancer in an Oregon penitentiary in 2006 while serving a 16-year sentence for kidnapping, assault and attempted rape.

    “Fowler with certainty is responsible for Colleen MacMillen’s death,” RCMP Inspector Gary Shinkaruk told reporters at a news conference in Surrey.

    Inspector Shinkaruk said Mr. Fowler is “a strong suspect” in the 1973 deaths of Gale Weys of Clearwater, B.C., and Pamela Darlington of Kamloops.

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    Since the late 1960s, more than two dozen women have been killed or gone missing in northern British Columbia, many of them along an 800-kilometre stretch of Highways 5, 97 and 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert – a region dubbed the “highway of tears.” E-Pana is focused on 18 of those cases – 13 homicides and five missing women.
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    Well, can't say it's sad he's dead.

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    The've only run him against 8 of the victims. He may well have killed more of them.

    The amount of work that goes into these is staggering. Literally millions of dollars a year for a decade.... all for this announcement that a dead man was the killer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Gently View Post
    The've only run him against 8 of the victims. He may well have killed more of them.

    The amount of work that goes into these is staggering. Literally millions of dollars a year for a decade.... all for this announcement that a dead man was the killer.
    It didn't even seem like the victim's mom (in the story), really cared at this point.

    Hard to ignore that the most recent known murders/missing person cases couldn't have been done by this man. That's unsettling.

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    There's no police officer in the land who can say it, and no mother of a missing or murdered loved one who wants to hear it.

    But when a teenaged girl with a history of running away, drug abuse and prostitution is hitch-hiking in the middle of nowhere on a major freeway that links every city in the Province goes missing or is found dead... short of DNA (which is a recent tool) there is almost NOTHING that any investigator can do to find out who was responsible.

    She can blame police and insinuate racism until the cows come home. That doesn't give anybody some magic crystal ball to know who did it.

    It could have been 18 different people, truckers, taxi drivers, passing salesmen, university students etc. all of them just taking a random opportunity to fuck up a troubled runaway they found hitch-hiking alone on the freeway.

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