Police looking into MacVicar murder for links to arrested base commander
GLACE BAY — Colleen MacVicar has favourite memories of her daughter Kathleen, who was viciously murdered nearly nine years ago.
“She had tiny little hands and would put them on my shoulders,” she recalled Tuesday. “I remember the feel of that.” MacVicar said although the arrest of Col. Russell Williams, the base commander at CFB Trenton for two murders and two home invasions in the same area, does bring some hope for possible closure, the family is not getting their hopes up too high.
Williams has been charged in the murders of Jessica Lloyd, who went missing on Jan. 28 and whose body was found Monday, and the murder of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 38, who was killed in her home Nov. 25, as well as two counts of forcible confinement, break and enter, and sexual assault in relation to two home invasions in September.
In June 2001 Kathleen MacVicar, 19, was visiting her aunt and uncle at CFB Trenton, when she went missing. Three days later her body was found in a wooded section of the base. She had been stabbed multiple times and sexually assaulted. The case has never been solved.
“I have been here before, thinking we have resolved this in that respect, found the person we were looking for — someone to blame — but it has always fallen through,” her mother said.
“Until the police tell me that without a shadow of a doubt that this is who they suspect killed Kathleen, then I am just going to wait and see. I am not getting my hopes up here.”
Members of the Ontario Provincial Police contacted the MacVicar family Monday evening.
“The police told us they will be looking into it. They certainly haven’t offered us any great hope, we are just waiting to see what is going on, to see if they can give us any information on whether he was even in Trenton at the time — they don’t even know that yet.
“They just want us to be kept up in the loop.”
MacVicar said it wasn’t a heavily wooded area where her daughter was found, more like a thoroughfare.
“There was a street the school bus used and kids would be walking back and forth.
“She was probably 50 feet off the road, right where the grass ended and the woods would start. The guy who cuts the grass was actually the person who discovered her.”
Every year, MacVicar travels to the area where her daughter’s body was found.
“I go every year at the time she was missing. She went missing on the 13th and was found on the 15th. It is my personal thing, she was alone during that time so I want to be there,” she said.
“It doesn’t make much sense, but it makes sense to me as her mother.”
MacVicar said she has a great relationship with the OPP, however the military has not been cooperative.
“They have been very unforthcoming and closed-mouthed. It makes you very suspicious.”
Sgt. Kristine Rae, media relations for the OPP for the eastern region, said the MacVicar homicide has always been an open investigation.
“There has always been investigators assigned to the case. There is still a $50,000 reward posted on our website for information pertaining to that”
Rae said the investigation on Williams is currently focused on the four cases before the court — two homicides and two home invasions.
“Through that investigation we will be looking at other unsolved crimes and reviewing them to see if there are any similarities between those incidents and these ones. The MacVicar homicide hasn’t been reviewed yet, but it definitely will be to see if there are any similarities.”
She confirmed the cases are all in the same “geographical area.”
2nd Lt. Vincent Bedard of CFB Trenton confirmed the Canadian Armed Forces is assisting with the OPP investigation.
When asked if the MacVicar murder was being looked at as part of the Williams case, he said information about all postings in Williams’ career is being researched right now.
“ That information will be released soon for investigation purposes.”
Desiree Vassallo, spokesperson with the Cape Breton Regional Police Service, said at this point they have not received any contact from the OPP regarding the murder of MacVicar.
After MacVicar’s death they only played a minimal role, she added.
“ We liasoned between the OPP and the family, we helped them in meeting the family locally.”
After the murder there was an outpouring of support from the community. Staff at the McKeen Street Tim Hortons outlet in Glace Bay where MacVicar had worked planted an oak tree and laid a plaque in her memory at Two Rivers Wildlife Park.
Colleen MacVicar of Glace Bay looks at a picture of her young daughter Kathleen, 19, who was viciously murdered nine years ago. Members of the Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed the MacVicar case will be reviewed for similarities in conjunction with the arrest of Col. Russell Williams, the base commander at CFB Trenton.