File Number: 104200089
Turner Valley, Alberta: Jane Johnson, along with her daughter, Cathryn, were murdered in their home on the evening of September 3rd, 1996. The culprit(s) set fire to the residence in an effort to conceal the crime. According to the RCMP, these killings were likely committed by an individual(s) who had been acquainted with the victims and was aware of their routinely day-to-day patterns.
Most reports on the case narrow it down to two persons. Sam Johnson is Jane's ex-husband and Cathryn's father. Henry Reichert was Jane's boyfriend at the time Jane and Cathryn were murdered. Jane and Henry had been together for four years. Henry maintains that he was at his home the night that Jane and Cathryn died. Several other suspects were identified but there was insufficient evidence.
Firefighters found the remains of Jane Johnson and her daughter Cathryn inside a burning home in Turner Valley, AB, on Sept. 3, 1996. An autopsy revealed that Jane was five months pregnant and was stabbed to death. Cathryn's cause of death has never been released.
Before Jane and Cathryn's lives were tragically cut short, Jane worked with special needs children at Millarville Community School, and Cathryn was getting ready to start Grade 3 at Turner Valley School.
In 2011, Alberta RCMP announced that a 'person of interest' in a 15-year-old double-murder case may be living in B.C. Alberta RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb said that the fire had been deliberately set. "Although the fire was initially thought to have caused their deaths, it was soon determined that they had been murdered and that the fire had been set to cover the evidence," Webb said in a written statement.
Investigators spent thousands of hours gathering physical evidence, interviewing and re-interviewing witnesses, checking and following up on hundreds of tips, but charges were never laid.
Jane and Cathryn's murder remains unsolved.
A reward of $50,000.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible. If you have any information about this case, please contact "K" (AB) Division, Serious Crimes Branch South Airdrie at 403-420-4900 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
File Number: 104200187
The Wyoming cowboy, who was working as manager of Nicola Ranch, was last seen Jan. 26, 2019, and reported missing on Jan. 28 when his rider-less horse was found in the backcountry of Swakum Mountain.
It's believed the man may have set off to the nearby foothills of the Nicola Valley, searching for cattle. While his absence was not initially thought to be suspicious, major crime detectives were brought in two months later.
Following his disappearance an intense search consisting of RCMP, more than a dozen search and rescue teams, air services, police dogs, drones and volunteers on snowmobiles, horseback and in vehicles and helicopters took place. Searches were eventually called off for poor weather and freezing temperatures, and yielded few clues.
Two years after Tyner rode off, his family is still wondering what happened.
Last month, on the anniversary of Tyner's disappearance, his parents issued a public plea for information. Their plea came in the form of a video, which was recorded and passed on with help from the FBI.
The Tyners live in the U.S. and could not come to B.C. due to COVID-19 border restrictions.
Sitting in what appeared to be their living room, Jennifer and Richard Tyner spoke to those who may know more.
"The last two years have been filled with horrendous heartache, continued hope and many, many prayers," Richard read.
His parents, sitting next to his brother, Jack, said their son's friends have stayed in touch, and there are constant reminders of him around their farm.
"Ben was not just a cowboy, he was a voracious reader. He loved to experience new places and cultures," his father said.
Tyner's parents described him as a team player and a gentle giant.
"It should get people talking about it again, regardless if it's for good or bad" Swayze said.
Source: Merritt Herald
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