Who mur­dered Sadie Rogers? 1981 crime still un­solved

The Amherst News - - NEWS - By Dar­rell Cole dcole@amher­st­daily.com Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

It has been 37 years since some­one mur­dered Sadie Rogers in her Cor­dova Street home and RCMP are no closer to solv­ing the mur­der to­day than they were in the fall of 1981.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the homi­cide of Sadie Rogers re­mains open. We have not made any ar­rests or laid charges, but we con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the file,” Cpl. Jen­nifer Clarke of the RCMP said in an email to the Amherst News. “The chal­lenge with a case like this is it has been 37 years since Ms. Rogers’ homi­cide was re­ported to po­lice. With the pas­sage of time it makes it chal­leng­ing as mem­o­ries fade and po­ten­tial wit­nesses be­come more dif­fi­cult to lo­cate.”

The 80-year-old Rogers lived alone and worked as a house­keeper. A neigh­bour last saw her on Satur­day, Sept. 26, 1981. Nearly a week later, neigh­bours were be­com­ing con­cerned that they had not seen any ac­tiv­ity at her res­i­dence and con­tacted po­lice.

On Oct. 2, po­lice dis­cov­ered her body in­side her home at 112 Cor­dova St. She had been stabbed mul­ti­ple times.

While there have been some leads and tips over the years, in­clud­ing anony­mous pen­cil-writ­ten let­ters to the Amherst Daily News in 2006 and 2007, all has been quiet since 2011 when the RCMP North­east Nova ma­jor crime unit is­sued a press re­lease ask­ing for tips.

De­spite this, po­lice are hop­ing some­one comes for­ward with in­for­ma­tion on the file.

“His­tor­i­cal homi­cides and miss­ing per­sons files are re­viewed when new in­for­ma­tion comes for­ward. In the ab­sence of new in­for­ma­tion we re­view them pe­ri­od­i­cally. We con­tinue to en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­port any tips and in­for­ma­tion about this in­ci­dent to the RCMP to help us solve this case and bring clo­sure for Ms. Rogers’ fam­ily,” Clarke said.

In a Septem­ber 2006 in­ter­view with the Amherst Daily News, Rogers’ niece, Dorothy Snow­den, said she re­mem­bered the ter­ri­ble day her aunt was killed.

“To this day I keep ask­ing my­self why would some­one do some­thing like this? She didn’t de­serve to die like that. She had ev­ery right to live,” she told the pa­per.

Snow­den said fam­ily be­lieved it was some­one who knew the house from the way they went in. She said the mur­derer “took the glass out of the front door, reached in and un­hooked the latch.”

In 2006, on the 25th an­niver­sary of the mur­der, RCMP re­leased pho­tos of Rogers and made an ur­gent plea to the com­mu­nity for as­sis­tance in solv­ing the crime.

The late Doug Hark­ness, who was edi­tor of the Amherst pa­per at the time of the mur­der, said in a 2006 in­ter­view that rob­bery was sus­pected as the mo­tive for the crime.

Two years later, in 2008, Rogers’ case was added to the De­part­ment of Jus­tice ma­jor re­wards pro­gram and any­one pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the crime that leads to an ar­rest and con­vic­tion is el­i­gi­ble for a re­ward of up to $150,000.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the mur­der can call po­lice or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477.

Sadie Rogers

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