RCMP pays out reward money in deaths of women

RCMP have paid out a reward in an investigation into the deaths of women in Alberta who lived high-risk lifestyles.

EDMONTON — RCMP have paid out a reward in an investigation into the deaths of women in Alberta who lived high-risk lifestyles.

The Project Kare task force offered a $100,000 in 2005 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the deaths.

Sgt. Tim Taniguchi says the Mounties can’t release how much of the reward was paid out, who received it or which case it was paid out for.

“In order to protect the person or persons that were provided some or all portions of this reward we are not prepared to discuss the particulars of the reward itself,” he said Friday.

Thomas Svekla is the only person who has been convicted of murder stemming from a Project Kare investigation, which has been probing the deaths and disappearances of more than 70 people in the Edmonton area.

Svekla’s sister, Donna Parkinson, and her husband turned Svekla in to police in 2006 after they because suspicious of Svekla’s hockey bag where Theresa Innes’ remains were discovered.

The couple say they didn’t receive any of the reward money and wonder who has.

Svekla was convicted of second-degree murder in the woman’s death and sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 17 years. He was also charged with second-degree murder in the death of Rachel Quinney, but was acquitted.