Published September 25, 2012 | 9:32 am
Update: RCMP in B.C. say the DNA of American convict Bobby Jack Fowler was found on the body of Colleen MacMillen, 16, whose was killed nearly 40 years ago and was last seen alive hitchhiking in 1974 along Highway 97 near Lac La Hache, B.C., south of Prince George.Police also suspect Fowler may be responsible for least two more of those cases — the deaths of Gale Weys, who was killed in 1973 and Pamela Darlington, who was killed in 1973.
Police say Fowler did not have a criminal record in Canada and they appealed for help from local residents in the hope of learning more about Fowler’s time in the province.
Vancouver: The RCMP in British Columbia are set to announce a major breakthrough in their investigation into missing and murdered women in the province under project E-Pana, this afternoon. Detectives have been working on 18 cases, including the Highway of Tears disappearances.
Some of the murders under investigation by B.C. police date back to the 1970s including that of Pamela Darlington ,who was killed in Kamloops in 1973 and Monica Jack , who was murdered in Merrit in 1978.
Eighteen girls or women have disappeared or been murdered along the Highway of Tears over the past 20 years ,a 700-km stretch of road between Prince Rupert and Prince George, where remains of some of the victims were discovered.The probe was launched in 2006 .
Meanwhile CBC has reported that a man RCMP believe is responsible for the 1974 slaying of a teen in B.C. has also been linked to five homicides in the U.S.CBC News has learned that police will announce that DNA has linked American convict Bobby Jack Fowler, now deceased, to the killing of Colleen MacMillen, 16. Fowler, who died in prison in 2006, is also a reported suspect in five unsolved homicides of female teenagers in Lincoln County, Ore., in the 1980s and 1990s. One girl was killed in 1984, two were slain in a double homicide in 1992 and two others in a separate double homicide in 1995.
Police has revealed not much details, but said that families that might be affected by the announcement have been notified that the information is going to be made public.
Police will also be issuing a plea for assistance from British Columbians, Canadians and Americans.
While specifics are not available in advance of the news conference, police say they don’t wish to unnecessary raise concerns so the families impacted have only been notified.Police is asking media outlets to respect their privacy until after the news conference.