Highway of Tears Northern Reaction
Today's announcement of the solved murder of Colleen MacMillian brought many emotions forward. Many happy to hear the news for the family but disappointed the news didn't bring closure to cases in the North. Lives ending at their beginning and leaving families without closure for decades.. Today's news brings new hope for Northern residents, knowing that the RCMP is getting closer to solving more murders and missing person cases for the victims of the Highway of Tears. Mother of Highway of Tears Victim Matilda Wilson says, “It's very promising... But I would encourage people to look at that picture too really examining that picture this guy, he might have been around the Smithers area...”
Bobby Fowler is now deceased and considers a very strong suspect in two other murders of the 18 missing women. In the 70's Fowler did worked in Prince George at Happy's roofing a company no longer in business. Wilson says, “I'm glad that he is gone and I give all my condolences to the family that they have had a closure... and I've cried so hard just listening to this”
For Wilson not a day goes by that she doesn't feel the pain of losing her daughter, Ramona Wilson, her body was found in 1995 just past the Smithers airport. “It's so hard for a mother to lose their child, it just seems like yesterday that this has happened, every time we go back to the memories of when my daughter was first missing and it takes a toll on our family.”
Wilson is grateful that one family now has closure... and still waiting to hear the closure for her family.