Family of Highway of Tears victim Gale Weys speaks 0
Victim Gale Weys. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Two younger siblings of 1973 Highway of Tears murder victim Gale Weys recalled their sister's passion for making the world a better place Wednesday, a day after Mounties announced a deceased U.S. convict is connected to three of the 18 historic missing and murder files.
The 19-year-old victim was known as an adventurous, high-achieving volunteer, who'd just begun living independently in Clearwater, B.C. when her life was taken.
She disappeared on Oct. 19, 1973 and her body was found April 6 the next year, kilometres south of Clearwater along Highway 5.
Investigators suspect violent offender Bobby Jack Fowler, who died in 2006 behind bars, in her death. DNA has linked Fowler to one Highway of Tears victim already, and he's also a suspect in the death of another 19-year-old.
Her younger sisters, Denice Weys and Dianne Weddell, told reporters how their "tomboy" sibling dreamed of travelling to Mexico to alleviate poverty, and of mothering her own children.
"These dreams and many others yet to be created were never fulfilled as life was taken from her, and she from us, violently, painfully and abruptly," her family said in their statement.