Project E-PANA began in the fall of 2005. PANA is an Inuit word describing the spirit goddess that looks after the souls just before they go to heaven or were reincarnated. It was the investigators on the file who chose the name.
The Task Force was created as a result of
E Division Criminal Operations ordering the review and investigation of a series of unsolved murders with links Highway 16, infamously dubbed
The Highway of Tears. The purpose of the investigation was to determine if a serial killer, or killers, is responsible for murdering young women traveling along major highways in BC.
In 2006, the Task Force took ownership of nine investigations. In 2007 the number of cases doubled from nine to eighteen.
Project E-PANA consists of 13 homicide investigations and five missing people’s investigations.
The cases that were being included in the project now ranged in date from 1969 to 2006, the specifications also evolved. This meant victims had to be female and either be involved in hitchhiking or other high risk behaviour, and last seen or their body found within a mile or so from three B.C. highways (Hwy 16, Hwy 97 and Hwy 5).
The women the E-PANA investigation is centered around are: Gloria Moody (homicide, last seen alive October of 1969); Micheline Pare (last seen1970); Gale Weys (last seen October of 1973, remains found in April of 1974); Pamela Darlington (remains located November of 1973); Monica Ignas (last seen alive in December of 1974 and her remains were found in April of 1975); Colleen MacMillen (last seen alive in August of 1974 and her remains were found in September of 1974); Monica Jack (remains were located in 1995); Maureen Mosie (remains found in May of 1981); Shelley-Anne Bascu (disappeared in 1983); Alberta Williams (body located September of 1989); Delphine Nikal (last seen June of 1990); Ramona Wilson (last seen alive June of 1994, body located April of 1995); Roxanne Thiara (remains were found in August of 1994); Alishia Germaine (found murdered in 1994); Lana Derrick (last seen October of 1995); Nicole Hoar (last seen in June of 2002); Tamara Chipman (last seen September of 2005); Aielah Saric Auger (body was discovered in February of 2006).
Investigators are confident that a single serial killer is not responsible for all of the E-PANA investigations. A dedicated task force of approximately 50 investigators and support staff committed to determining what happened to the missing or murdered women.
Homicide and missing persons’ investigations are complex and require a significant investment of time and manpower in order to gather evidence that will lead to successful prosecutions. Each unsolved case remains active and on-going and will remain open until there is an appropriate judicial resolution.
There is no such thing as a cold case and E-PANA is committed to bring much needed answers to the families and friends of the innocent victims. If you have any information about the active and on-going investigations please call the Tip Line at 1-877-543-4822.