Highway 16. Canada’s most beautiful highway system. The highway stretches about 837 miles from east to west Canada and runs through small towns and untouched wilderness. And yet, over the past few decades it had received the nick name “Highways of tears”. This is due to the reports of missing women surrounding that highway.
According to aboriginal leaders in the area, they say that the missing and dead number could be as much as 43 people. This is much higher then what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are saying, which is around 18. These numbers may not be that shocking when your living in USA or any other parts of the world, but when a country such as Canada has such a low murder rate (about 610 compared to USA 13,636 Source), one ask to themselves what in the world is happening on that Highway? And why hasn’t this been better investigated?
It all started back in 2002, when 25-year-old Nicole Hoar, went missing while on the highway. This got the attention of Canadian resident, since it went Nation wide. The police finally began an investigation, though many say that they weren’t doing a good job at it. Aunt of a 22-year-old missing women said:
“Many of them were aboriginal and some of the talk out there was that people cared more about the non-aboriginal girls going missing,”
“Those families felt like they weren’t taken seriously.”
Another missing women was reported this year back in May for a 20-year-old Madison Scott. All what was left found of her belongings were her pick-up truck and her tent. Sadly, like the other victims, there are no solid leads to go off of. The only thing that the cops really know re that women in their twenties are more likely to go missing then any other age. This may indicate that they have a serial killer on the loose, as this billboard on Highway 16 my indicate.
Over the past decades over 2000 People have been investigated as people of interest. This year alone over 100 taxi drivers were also investigated and yet no possible suspect were found among the ones investigated. There was however a sketch of a possible suspect who attempted to kidnap a 20-year old women from the highway last April. The women managed to escape and call the police, telling them that the man was around the age of 50-60, who had white hair and looked to be a white man.
Some locals believe that the number of missing/dead may well be over the hundreds and that multiple people are involved with these incidents. Maybe even some sort of sick cult having this be part of their ritual. Whatever the reason for the missing are, we hope that their cases don’t go unsolved and wish the best of luck for the families.
All information has been taken from these pages: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/10/canada-s-highway-of-tears-why-are-women-disappearing.html
If your a resident of Canada and have seen any of these Women http://www.highwayoftears.ca/, then we suggest you call the local police to let them know of the were abouts.