Po­lice looking into MacVicar mur­der for links to ar­rested base com­man­der

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE

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.

Sharon Mont­gomery-Dupe – Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

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