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'Strong suspects’ but no charges in B.C. Highway of Tears investigation: RCMP

VANCOUVER — The Mountie who’s in charge of investigating cases of missing and murdered women along B.C.’s so-called Highway of Tears says his team has a number of strong suspects, but there’s not enough evidence to lay charges.

Staff-Sgt. Wayne Clary says 12 to 15 officers are currently assigned to investigate the deaths or disappearances of 18 women murdered along several highways in the province’s north.

Some of the victims’ family members have raised concerns about whether the investigation was still making progress or was even active, but Clary says the officers spend most of their time working on the project dubbed E-PANA.

Clary tells The Canadian Press that there are strong suspects or persons of interest in more than one of the women’s cases, though he said he couldn’t offer specific details.

While the RCMP announced in 2012 that it believed a dead American convict was responsible for three of the cases, Clary says there is no evidence that any of the other women were victims of a serial killer.

He says investigators are still in regular contact with families, though yearly group meetings were replaced with individual meetings or phone calls for relatives who wanted updates.

 
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