1995 DERRICK, Lana-10/7/1995

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1995 DERRICK, Lana-10/7/1995

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11 Jul 2006, 05:17 #1

Aged 19, Dark brown hair; brown eyes disappeared Oct. 7, 1995, at a service station in Thornhill while home from school or the weekend. Lana was enrolled in forestry studies at Northwest Community College. If you have any information concerning Lana call the nearest RCMP or Police - or Crime Stoppers


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21 Jun 2008, 23:28 #2


sixth family feels the pain

Not 'a single thread of evidence,' police say

Patti Edgar and Mark Hume
National Post

Friday, July 19, 2002

The disappearance of a young woman in Prince George has delivered an emotional blow to the community and to her family, an RCMP officer said yesterday.

Prince George Citizen Jack Hoar, father of missing woman Nicole Hoar, answers reporters questions at a news conference in Prince George yesterday.

"The impact on the family, the extended family and the community just can't be measured," Constable Mike Herchuk said. "The emotional trauma will never be erased from the family, the city or the investigators."

Nicole Doreen Hoar, a 25-year-old tree planter, vanished after friends dropped her off at a highway service station to start a hitchhiking trip on the edge of town on June 21.

A massive police search has failed to find her.

"We do not have a single thread of evidence that would lead us to an explanation," Const. Herchuk said yesterday.

Police have not concluded Ms. Hoar, who is known for her reliability and for keeping in close contact with her family, is the victim of an assault, Const. Herchuk said.

"But the circumstances are certainly suspicious," he said. "There have been other cases across the country where people have been abducted and held against their will for a long time. We still talk of Nicole in the present tense. We don't want to give up hope."

Asked how her family was doing, Const. Herchuk replied: "I don't think anybody can relate to the pain."

In a Prince George news conference yesterday, the Hoar family said it would be leaving soon.

"We have to ease our way back into our real world if there is such a thing anymore," said Jack Hoar, Nicole's father.

The family thanked the community and said any surplus money from a trust fund set up in Red Deer, where the Hoars live, would be shared with the local search and rescue crews that helped look for their daughter.

After Ms. Hoar was reported missing, police and volunteer groups staged a search, walking ditches and side roads along Highway 16, the route she had planned to follow hitchhiking to Smithers.

The case brought back disturbing memories of other young women who have vanished along what relatives of the missing women have taken to calling the highway of tears.

Since 1990, police have found the bodies of three women near the highway and at least two others are still missing. All are considered murder victims.

On June 11, 1994, Matilda Wilson's 16-year-old daughter, Ramona, was spotted walking toward the highway, likely hoping to hitch a ride to a nearby village to visit her boyfriend.

The friendly high school student had wanted to go to the University of Victoria.

She planned to be a psychologist. In April, 1995, her body was found just outside town.

"It's been eight years and every morning I wake up and go through the same struggle," said Mrs. Wilson, crying. "I am trying to be patient."

She said she feels the pain of the Hoar family. She hopes police and northern B.C. residents will also remember the other slain and missing daughters.

"I don't want to say that now this girl is missing maybe they will do more, but maybe there will be more of a focus on these cases. Now people are talking about these girls again."

The first to disappear was 15-year-old Delphine Nikal. She called her family in June, 1990, to say she was hitchhiking the 15 kilometres home to Telkwa from Smithers. Her body has never been found.

Ramona Wilson vanished from Smithers in June 1994.

Two months later, the body of a Prince George prostitute was discovered in the brush near Burns Lake, a town east of Smithers.

Roxanne Thiara, 15, disappeared in July, 1994. She had told a friend she was going out with a customer.

In December, 1994, 15-year-old Alishia Germaine's stabbed body was found behind a Prince George elementary school near the highway.

Lana Derrick disappeared from Terrace, west of Smithers, in October, 1995. The 19-year-old college student's body has never been found.

Recently, two RCMP officers in Prince George completed a 10-month review of all five cases to see whether there were any connections. There were no common threads, Const. Herchuk said.

Highway 16 runs West from Prince George through wild, heavily forested land to Prince Rupert on the B.C. coast.

It is a popular route for tourists and truckers headed to the Yukon and Alaska, Const. Herchuk said.

"We are getting lots of calls from people willing to jump up and down and say we have a serial killer, but they don't understand all the details of the cases in question," he said.

There are 10 officers working on Ms. Hoar's disappearance. Police across northern B.C. are still investigating the five other cases.

For Alma Derrick, Lana Derrick's older cousin, police simply aren't doing enough.

"This has brought back a lot of memories, that's for sure," she said. "People are beginning to think it's the same person doing this. The police don't know who it is, just like everybody else. Until there's proof of who did it, how can they say it's not the same person?"

Anyone with information on any of the cases is urged to telephone local police or the Crime Stoppers hotline in B.C., 1-800-222-8477.



Age at disappearance: 19
Last seen: October 7, 1995, at a service station in Thornhill while home from school or the weekend
Status: Ms. Derrick has not been found.


Age at disappearance: 15
Last seen: June 11, 1994, hitchhiking from Smithers to a friend's home in Moricetown
Status: Ms. Wilson's body was found April 9, 1995, near the Smithers airport.


Age at disappearance: 15
Last seen: June 13, 1990, hitchhiking east on Highway 16 from Smithers to her home in Telkwa
Status: Ms. Nikal has not been found.


Age at disappearance: 15
Last seen: July, 1994, in Prince George, where she worked as a prostitute
Status: Ms. Thiara's body was discovered in the bush along Highway 16, near Burns Lake.


Age at disappearance: 25
Last seen: June 21, 2002, at a service station west of Prince George, hitchhiking toward Smithers
Status: Ms. Hoar has not been found.


Age at disappearance: 15
Last seen: December, 1994, in Prince George, where friends said she worked as a prostitute
Status: Ms. Germaine's body was found behind a school in Prince George.

Research: Joe Brean, National Post

© Copyright 2002 National Post


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21 Jun 2008, 23:29 #3

Lana Derrick, aged 19, from Thornhill B.C., disappeared October 7, 1995 from a local gas station. She was enrolled in forestry studies at Northwest Community College in Prince George and was only home for the weekend. Lana's friend Tania says of her " I know in my heart that there is no hope to bring Lana Derrick home safe, but maybe your (publications) can help to solve this case so that Lana's remains can be brought home and buried properly," bleak words for remembering a young woman who had a bright future and friends and family who loved her.

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21 Jun 2008, 23:31 #5

Haunting Highway of Tears

Haunting Highway of Tears

All the way down Highway 16 from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, across the vast and intensely rugged province of British Columbia, to the Pacific Coast city of Prince Rupert, is one of the loneliest stretches of highway on earth.

Too often women step onto it to hitchhike only to disappear. There is a Canadian twist to the terrible losses in the overwhelming element of racism, because the vast majority of missing women are from First Nation communities. The losses are along Highway 16 from Prince George to Prince Rupert, and the Highway of Tears may be longer and spread farther than anybody used to think, including an immense stretch of road called the Yellowhead Highway from Edmonton.

The losses along Highway 16 Edmonton to Prince Rupert, may be accompanied by missing women cases in the Okanagan.

The killing and disappearing of women has been by snatching them off these incredibly lonely stretches of immense highway, and off the ashpalt they climb to simply disappear, while sometimes bodies are recovered (Amnesty International estimates 32 women missing or victims of unsolved murder in 30 years on one stretch alone).

Aielah Saric-Auger having been murdered in 2006, and she was 14 yrs old, and her body was recovered at Tabor Mountain east of Prince George.

Tamara Chipman would be about 26, and she is another of the most recent victims to have gone missing. The young mother, last seen hitchhiking from Prince Rupert to her home in Terrace, vanished two years ago, in the autumn of 2005. Her disappearance ignited communities along the highway into a huge publicity effort. It is startling to think someone can get away with these atrocities of senseless murder and endless grieving for relatives.

Among the missing or dead women along the highway since 1990 are Aielah Saric-Auger, 14; including Tamara Chipman, 22; Lana Derrick, 19; Ramona Wilson, 15; Delphine Nikal, 15; Roxanna Thiara, 15; Aleisha Germaine, 15; and Nicole Hoar, 25. Hoar, missing for four years, is the single non-native. Monica Ignas was 15 when she disappeared from the highway in December 1974, and 27-year-old Alberta Williams vanished on Aug. 27, 1989. Cecilia Anne Nikal, a cousin of Delphine Nikal, has been missing since 1989. This is the most accurate list released and may not be complete by any means.

Three missing women come from one tiny village in Wetsuwetin territory, next to Smithers, called the IR of Moricetown. This most picturesque location is undergoing a strangely disproportionate loss of young women. This highway killing field has become one of Canada’s major unsolved mysteries, and disappearing and dying women continue to need representation to keep the light shining on their memories.

Lisa Krebs works for Carrier Sekani Family Services to create awareness about the missing women and murder victims of unsolved crimes. She is not the only one. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy of Toronto www.sharmeenobaidfilms.com discussed the production of her film Highway of Tears, with reporter Frank Peebles, in Prince George Citizen, last Oct. ’06, and Pebbles noted, the filmmaker Chinoy was, “struck by the overt bigotry she encountered in the region.” The local question on so many lips, “What did these women expect?” They were living the high risk lifestyle. Well, that hardly requires an answer, because in reality not too many Canadians countenance killers stalking through society.

Chinoy asked, "Would they say the same thing if 10 or 12 local white girls were raped or murdered or disappeared on the same road?" It is impossible to argue with the reality of these murders, which reflect a terrible disregard for the safety of one particular genre of Canadian society, young Aboriginal women. When Lisa Krebs discusses the Highway of Tears she mindful to immediately take the discussion to a notable point that the wider community has gathered to address the urgent concerns of families.

“Prince George is in Lheidli Tenneh,” land, and as such, they hosted a symposium last Mar 30-31, at the CN Centre, “with well over 500 people,” where Ms. Krebs was the registrar. “It contained local government representatives, family members of missing or murdered women, provincial and federal government officials working over two days.”

This extensive endeavour was broken into groups and specific question were asked about how to address the systemic cause of these missing and lost lives. It involves racism, everybody was able to agree, and poverty has a terrible role, the extent of poverty west of Prince George includes a missing transportation system. The large scale symposium ended up releasing 33 (link to) recommendations (in pdf) running along the lines of four basic themes, “The final report provides clear directions for the task of preventing further losses,” said Krebs.

Public awareness signs, public events like the Highway of Tears bench overlooking the Highway 16 exit to the west of Prince George, family members receiving support for efforts to preserve memories, and hope for final reconciliations, these are things the symposium endorsed and encouraged. Also, they proposed shifts in public policy, some searching for solutions to the transportation needs found in Northern B.C..

What Lisa Krebs does is a difficult because it intersects the forensic with the despair of dozens of people, and avalanches of emotion will occur again and again, if dozens of people continue to suffer frighening bouts of post traumatic stress disorder.

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21 Jun 2008, 23:33 #6

Detective tracking Highway of Tears

By Margaret Spiers
Aug 02 2006A private investigator who’s dedicated his time to finding those responsible for the Highway 16 missing women now has some financial help for his search, which will continue with a second trip here this fall.

Ray Michalko has received more tips since returning to Surrey from his trip here in May when he talked to several family members and people of interest in the disappearances of Lana Derrick, Tamara Chipman and Nicole Hoar.

Michalko says about 15 more tips have come in and now he has five people of interest he’d like to talk to on his return trip here.

“I’m hoping to turn up a few of these people and talk to them,” he said, adding he believes they’ll be found somewhere between Smithers and Prince George.

And the trip will be made easier by financial backing from a group in Vancouver, who heard an interview with him on CBC radio.

“It’s pretty expensive when you’re having to pay for trips and rental cars and accommodation,” he said, adding the group, whose members want to remain anonymous, is involved in women’s issues.

Michalko holds onto his belief that the person involved in the Highway 16 disappearances has ties to a community between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

“Yup, I do, I really believe that. What the ties are remains to be seen,” he said.

On his return visit, Michalko plans to talk to more tipsters and ensure that flyers he’s having printed are distributed to every address in Terrace, Kitimat, Smithers and into the southwest of Prince George.

“I’m hoping to probably canvass the area with about 17,000 flyers in the next couple of months,” he said.

“It seems to me every time there’s something in the paper or I’ve been interviewed and on radio or whatever, I get more calls.”

He isn’t giving up on the search for the person, or persons, responsible for the missing women.

“No I’m not, and like I said, the calls keep coming in and are quite interesting so I’m more than ever convinced that somebody from Terrace to Prince George knows more than has been said and it’s a matter of convincing them to say something.”


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21 Jun 2008, 23:38 #7

Mounties probing Hwy. 16 mysteries
Mounties probing Hwy. 16 mysteries
Nine women have disappeared/been killed along the stretch of roadway

The Canadian Press

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

VICTORIA -- More than 35 RCMP officers are investigating the disappearance and murders of women along the so-called Highway of Tears in the B.C. Interior, and more may be added later, the province's top cop said yesterday.

"These tragic deaths have shocked and saddened people across the province," said Solicitor-General John Les.

"A targeted police team will help ensure that we have the resources and tools to find out what happened to these women so that justice is done and the communities can start to heal."

Police continue to maintain a serial killer is not believed to be involved, Les said.

"Perhaps one or two cases, you know, could have some aspects of a serial killer at work to them. But again, precious little evidence to support that overall theory," Les said.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. John Ward said there's nothing to indicate a serial killer at work.

"But, and this is a very big but, we always investigate with a very open mind," he said. "There may very well be information down the road that shows that."

Twenty-two officers are working on the case of Aielah Saric-Auger, 14, whose body was found outside Prince George last month. Police have said her death may not be connected to the highway cases.

Another 15 officers have been working on investigations into the disappearances or deaths of eight other women, dating to 1990.

Missing or found dead along the highway since 1990 are: Saric-Auger, 14, Tamara Chipman, 22, Lana Derrick, 19, Ramona Wilson, 15, Delphine Nikal, 15, Roxanna Thiara, 15, Aleisha Germaine, 15, Nicole Hoar, 25, and Deena Braem, 17. Only Hoar is non-native.

The cases involve women in Smithers, Burns Lake, Prince George, Terrace and Prince Rupert.

Work includes a detailed review of all files for possible linkages between evidence already obtained in each case, said a statement released by Les's ministry.

Les said more officers may be added to the investigation, but police have yet to suggest forming a task force to investigate the deaths and disappearances.

Rena Zatorski, a councillor with the Lheidli T'enneh Nation in Prince George, welcomed the addition of more officers to the case, but said such a response has been a long time coming.

"There still is an element of frustration and anger in the communities here," she said.

"Part of that anger and frustration is because the government has taken so long and part of it stems from not fully understanding what the RCMP is doing or [has] done."

There's also a feeling that the issue hasn't been taken seriously enough because most of the missing and murdered women are aboriginal, she said.

"Aboriginal women seem to have become the aboriginal minority and therefore they've become prey."

Today, community leaders will meet to set a date for a symposium in March to discuss ways to deal with the case, Zatorski said.

Part of the problem they'll discuss is the disconnect between aboriginal youth, who tend to choose dangerous lifestyles, and the larger community, she said.

"Because this is happening within our aboriginal communities, our aboriginal youth, it's up to the aboriginal leadership and communities themselves to deal with these issues."

Response to the symposium from various organizations, including women's groups, the University of Northern B.C. and other First Nations groups, has been overwhelming, Zatorski


Les said the government will match funds pledged for the symposium. He will also attend the symposium, where the RCMP are expected to outline the progress of their various investigations.

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1. Delphine Nikal, 15, disappeared between Smithers and Telkwa in June 1990.

2. Ramona Wilson, 15, disappeared from Smithers in June 1994, found dead near Smithers in April 1995.

3. Roxanne Thiara, 15, disappeared from Prince George in July 1994, found dead near Burns Lake in August 1994.

4. Aleisha Germaine, 15, found dead in Prince George in December 1994.

5. Lana Derrick, 19, disappeared near Terrace in October 1995.

6. Deena Braem, 17, disappeared near Quesnel in September 1999, and found dead near Quesnel in December 1999.

7. Nicole Hoar, 25, disappeared near Prince George in June 2002.

8. Tamara Chipman, 22, disappeared between Prince Rupert and Terrace in September 2005.

9. Aielah Saric-Auger, 14, found dead outside Prince George, February 2006.

© The Vancouver Province 2006


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21 Jun 2008, 23:39 #8

Location: Highway 16, British Columbia, Canada

Authorities claim to have found no link between the murders and disappearances that have plagued a stretch of Highway 16 between the towns of Prince George and Prince Rupert in the Province of British Columbia. Obviously, area citizens are not so certain and have taken to calling the stretch of road the "Highway of Tears".

Fifteen-year-old Delphine Nikal was the first apparent victim on June 13, 1990. Nikal was last seen hitchhiking from Smithers to Telkwa and has never been found, dead or alive. Then Ramona Wilson, fifteen, disappeared while also hitchhiking,, this time from Smithers to Moricetown on June 11, 1994. Her remains were not found until almost a year later in April of 1995 near the Smithers airport

1994 would also see two abductions of fiteen-year-old prostitutes from St. George, the first being named Roxanne Thiara. She disappeared after leaving with a customer in July and was alter found dead near Burns Lake. Then in December Alishia Germaine disappeared while plying her dangerous trade and was not seen again until she turned up behind a local school, stabbed to death.

Despite an odd circumstance surrounding her death, Lana Derrick is listed as one of the possible victims. Derrick, nineteen, was last seen in Terrace on October 7, 1995 (another report has her last being seen at a Thornhill service station). Her body has never been found and in a suspicious twist her boyfriend committed suicide the very night of her disappearance, leading one to believe it is possible her had something to do with Derrick's vanishing.

Locals must have been breathing easier when no murders or unexplained disappearances occurred in the next six years. Then on June 21, 2002, Nicole Hoar, 25, went missing after being dropped off at a Smithers service station to embark on a hitchhiking trip. Witnesses report seeing a woman that they cannott positively identify as Hoar getting into a car along Highway 16 on that same day, but thus far no further progress has been announced and Hoar has not yet been found.

According to one local woman young women continue to hitchhike Highway 16 with regularity, despite the well-known dangers.


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Plea for Canada's missingReuters at the United Nations The Guardian, Thursday May 13, 2004 Article historyAbout 500 indigenous women have disappeared or been murdered in Canada over the past 16 years, with police having done little to solve the crimes, native groups said yesterday.
The cases include that of Lana Derrick, a 19-year-old forestry student who disappeared in 1995 along northern British Columbia's Highway 16. Local residents call it the "highway of tears" because of the six women thought to have been abducted or killed on the road since 1988.

"When it comes to indigenous women it seems easy for authorities to overlook unexplained murders and missing person cases," said Wilton Littlechild, a lawyer from Alberta.

He made his comments at the two-week meeting of the Permanent UN Forum on Indigenous Issues, which focuses on women's rights.

"Canada is not particularly listening so we are going to the international community," another delegate said.


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The Current: Part 3

Missing Aboriginal Women

Five hundred faces, five hundred names, five hundred stories. That's what a new campaign hopes to use to highlight a disturbing and dark trend in Canada. That's because native women's groups believe that 500 is the number of aboriginal women who have gone missing over the past two decades.

The Native womens' association and the United and Anglican churches of Canada are calling on the federal government to set up a $10 million fund to deal with violence against aboriginal women.

Terri Brown is the President of the Native Women's Association of Canada. She was in Ottawa. And C.J. Julian works with a prostitute resource centre in Vancouver. She's also herself is a former sex trade worker on Vancouver's downtown eastside. She was in Toronto this morning.

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In November, 2002, we told you about six women who have gone missing along a remote highway in northern B-C since 1990. Five of them were aboriginal.

According to the RCMP in Prince George, their cases are still considered open despite the fact that there have been no major developments since we first brought you the story. The Current's Joan Webber went to northern BC a year and a half ago and spoke to the family of one of the missing women, Lana Derrick. We aired part of her documentary.

Much of the criticism surrounding Canada's missing aboriginal women is directed at the police. Inspector Conrad Delacronde is the head of the Aboriginal Policing Branch of the R-C-M-P. He was in our Ottawa studio.