The long stretch of highway winding from Prince George in British Columbia's northern interior to Prince Rupert on the Pacific coast is known today as the "Trail of Tears". Over 18 young women have disappeared along this 500 mile long length of highway over the years. For the most part, these have been Aboriginal women..young girls hitch-hiking back to their communities dotted along Highway 16. Amnesty International puts this number closer to 32 women!
Outside of towns like Smithers & Hazelton there are billboards warning girls and women NOT to take their chances hitch-hiking as a serial killer (or killers) are on the loose. Many law enforcement agencies in both Canada and the US are at work profiling and seeking clues as to the fate of these women. Much like the more recent and much publicized case of Robert Picton and the nefarious "Pig Farm" murders of vulnerable women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside; the Highway 16 murders are beginning to take on the mantle of urgency in both the public's and Law Enforcement's vision.
The wonderful and wild countryside peopled by friendly, rural communities seems at odd with the grim count of missing women and tragedy now haunting the "Trail of Tears". We wish all those concerned good hunting and pray for the families of the missing.
More details can be found in the Province news story submitted in the folder above.