This week marked five years since local resident Wendy Ladner-Beaudry, 53, was found murdered in Pacific Spirit Park. In spite of five years of investigation, the IHIT team have so far found no suspect, and no motive, said IHIT spokeswoman Jennifer Pound, as the RCMP and the family conducted their annual press conference last Wednesday.
Though Pound would not go into the details of forensic evidence at the crime scene, such as DNA found on the body, she said the case looks like an unmotivated random attack of violence and they are looking into many persons of interest such as witnesses, many of whom are living a transient lifestyle.
“Please help us solve this horrible crime,” said Peter Ladner, the victim’s brother and former Vancouver city councilor, in tears. He added Wendy would have turned 58 last week and not a day went by without him thinking of her.
A silver lining for the tormented family is the transition of the case to the RCMP’s Special Project “E” Division, Major Crime Section. A/Supt. Ward Lymburner said his unit of 21 members will have an undefined number of investigators assigned to the case, who will look at the evidence with a “fresh set of eyes.”
The RCMP and family appealed again for all potential witnesses, including those who might not have been called back by the RCMP in the initial stages of the investigation, to reach out and call the new IHIT tip line 778.290.5291 or contact the local RCMP.
Pacific Spirit Park a dark place
For me personally, the murder of the woman I’ve never met has left a mark on how I perceive this community. I moved to Canada and the Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood just a few months after the murder. I recall how the entire community was affected by the unsolved murder. I recall how random strangers urged me not to jog alone in the forest, and rather join a group of other women, who can still be seen jogging in small groups every morning.
I go by Pacific Spirit Forest every day bringing the children to school and hardly a day goes by I do not think of Wendy, who was a mother, too and how awful the family must feel. Moreover, my next-door neighbour is one of Wendy’s siblings and it hurt me to see him so sad and depressed at last week’s press conference.
Clearly, a small neighbourhood blog like this is not going to make a big difference and the case, thankfully, still makes headlines in the mainstream media.
But if you are that person who might have heard or seen anything on that fatal day of April 3, 2009, or heard something suspicious about it afterwards, contacting the RCMP and help solve the case is the right thing to do.
Report and photos by Katja De Bock
Read an interesting report about Wendy Ladner-Beaudry’s last days on reporter Frances Bula’s blog.
A video posted by RCMP four years ago re-enacts her possible last jogging trip and offers some insight in the investigation.