The “Native Women's Association of Canada” has reported that there are more than 600 Aboriginal “First Nations” women missing and/or have been murdered in Canada. That number has been growing & now reaches above 800. It is a major concern by Aboriginal peoples who are now creating memorials & yearly walks honoring their missing mothers, daughters & sisters.
Those families hold out hope that the “Royal Canadian Mounted Police” (RCMP) can help them find their missing loved ones. Back in 2012, the CBS news program “48 Hours” reported from British Columbia on the notorious “Highway of Tears” where 18 young women have gone missing. That report claimed that the RCMP had amassed over 170 employees to search for the missing by land & by helicopters above.
The RCMP have got to cover a vast & wide landscape where it is said that you can see more Canadian bears than logging trucks. There is just not enough mounted police to search the many rivers, deep forests & rugged terrain. Some Aboriginal families believe that the missing native women are completely ignored.
“48 Hours” aired a repeat of that same episode in December of 2013. The news of the missing women is growing & it has finally reached the United States media. Millions of TV viewers have seen the “48 Hours” segment. That TV show only interviewed one “First Nations” woman named Matilda Wilson whose daughter Ramona went missing & whose dead body was found near the “Highway of Tears.” Her killer and/or killers have not been brought to justice.
Matilda lead “48 Hours” news reporter Peter Van Sant to her daughter's memorial headstone where Ramona's body was dumped. She visits that memorial on Ramona's birthday & always brushes off the weeds. Matilda & her sister have walked on highway #16 every June on the anniversary of Ramona's death 1994. Locals believe that there are more native women who've gone missing along highway #16 that stretches over 500 miles.
The new documentary film aptly titled, “Highway of Tears” 2014 is directed by Matt Smiley. It is garnering rave reviews after several sold out screenings. It focuses more on the Aboriginal “First Nations” women who have gone missing near highway #16 in British Columbia.
A documentary film by Christine Welsh debuted back in 2006 called “Finding Dawn.” The numbers of missing Aboriginal women had climbed to 500 at that time. That film also covers the “Highway of Tears” plus the east-side of downtown Vancouver where at least 60 women have disappeared. Most of them were Aboriginal women who are still missing.
“48 Hours” reported that one serial killer was caught who is from the U.S. His name is Jack Fowler. He killed three women along highway #16. He is connected to at least 6 other women who have gone missing. The RCMP claims that at least 1,400 men are persons of interest in Canada who try to kidnap & sexually assault women on those long stretches of highways.
The “Highway of Tears” is a perfect killing ground for serial killers because the bodies can never be found. Highway #16 is now receiving a lot of media attention & reports say that killers are heading to Canada.