Wednesday March 7, 2012
Huge Reward Offered
After 36-years, Chilliwack woman holds hope killer will be found
Released by the RCMP, Vancouver
CMP Major Crime investigators are seeking the publicís assistance in relation to the1975 homicide of Kathryn-Mary Herbert.
On September 24, 1975, Shari reported her 11-year-old daughter, Kathryn-Mary missing to the Matsqui Police Department.
On November 17, 1975, a partially decomposed body, later confirmed through dental records to be Kathryn-Maryís, was located near Harris Road, an undeveloped area of the Matsqui First Nations Reserve, by two residents. Evidence from the scene led investigators to believe that her body had been there for some time. An autopsy confirmed that the victimís death was the result of a homicide.
The investigation determined that earlier in the
evening of her disappearance, Kathryn-Mary had
been at a friendís house in Abbotsford. At about
8:30 pm, while walking home, she met another
During the course of their investigation, police identified witnesses who saw Kathryn-Mary Herbert in the company of her young friend. These witnesses also observed a white, older model, American made vehicle, occupied by a lone male, parked south of that intersection. The investigation found that the vehicle, which appeared suspicious to witnesses, was parked between the location the victim was last seen and her home. The occupant of this vehicle was never identified. (Click here for high-resolution photo of area in 1977)
This investigation has undergone extensive reviews by various police agencies over the years. The purpose of these reviews was to look at previous investigative avenues to ensure that nothing had been missed and develop new investigative strategies that would hopefully lead to identifying and apprehending the person or persons responsible for the victimís murder.
Over the years, investigators have also resubmitted exhibits for analysis to benefit from technology not previously available at the time.
In addition to speaking to witnesses, family members and friends of Kathryn-Maryís, investigators have also spoken to the original investigators of the case as well as followed-up on a number of tips. Unfortunately, the person or persons responsible for her homicide remain at large.
Investigators believe that there are individuals who have information that police need to solve this case and bring some measure of resolution to the victimís family and friends. Investigators urge these individuals to come forward and provide police any information they may have in relation to Kathryn-Maryís disappearance and homicide.
Police are also seeking any information in relation to the suspicious older white American made vehicle and its lone male occupant observed by witnesses in the area the victim was last seen. We believe that this person may have information that could help further the police investigation.
In an effort to get much needed answers, the family is offering a private reward of up to $10,000 for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the death of Kathryn-Mary Herbert.
Anyone who has any information in relation to this homicide are asked to call 1-877-543-4822 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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