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Vancouver police try to heat up cold murder cases

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver



Cathy Berard died of her injuries 18 months after she was sexually assaulted and beaten so badly that one of her own children could barely recognize her.

Even if caught today, according to Vancouver police, the killer wouldn’t face charges more significant than aggravated assault since she died so long after the fatal beating in 1996.

Her death is one of eight cold cases the Vancouver Police Department are releasing new information on — via their website — in hopes the public can help solve the mysteries.

The cases include two men fatally shot for trying to do good. Richard Chacon died breaking up a fight at a nightclub in 1999. Seven years later, Evan Garber was shot and killed trying to stop a robber at one of his favourite restaurants.

Danielle Larue’s body was never found, though someone suspected of being her killer wrote to police in 2002 admitting to the slaying of a sex trade worker whose name they didn’t know.

These are just a few of Vancouver’s 313 unsolved homicides.

The VPD hope the public would examine the crime scene photos and other details formerly held back by police and contact them.



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