Answers still sought in 1994 case of murdered twin newborns

Princeton

2017-10-05 10:16 PDT

File # 1994E-919 / 1994-2539

RCMP serious crime investigators and the Princeton RCMP are seeking public information in the October 1994 criminal death of twin newborn girls. This October marks the 23 year anniversary of their deaths.

photo of tombstone grave

In earlier reports, the RCMP confirmed that on October 9th, 1994, two female newborn infants were located deceased in an outhouse pit at Allison Lake Provincial Park, about 30 kms north of Princeton along Hwy 5A. RCMP investigators and the BC Coroners Services at the time, confirmed that the deaths were criminal in nature, during the early stages of the investigation.

Allison Lake Park entrance

path to park washrooms

An autopsy determined that the infants were breathing when born, and both would have survived if proper care had been provided following the birth. The discovery of the bodies was made by an individual who was looking for a lost knife in a pit toilet at Allison Lake, where the man observed a black garbage bag containing the tiny lifeless bodies. Upon police examination, the twin girls were found to be still attached to umbilical cords and placenta. The autopsy confirmed that the pair were alive and healthy when they were left and would have weighed in at around 6 lbs each. The deaths of the pair remains unsolved with many questions left unanswered.

Princeton cemetary

The unidentified newborns who were named the Princeton Angels, were posthumously cared for, by the entire community of Princeton. The pair was provided with a proper memorial and laid to rest side by side in one grave at the Princeton Cemetery. The death of the girls sent shockwaves through the town on the one hand, however the crime also created a collective effort to redress the wrong that had been done. stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

All BC provincial medical records for a twin pregnancy were looked over without providing an identity to the mother. The lack of BC records on the pregnancy may indicate that the mother did not receive any care during her pregnancy in BC, or may have come from another province or country, prior to the birth. Since 1994, investigators have re-submitted exhibits to the lab, as new technologies and procedures have been developed. Several tips from the public have been received over the years and have been followed-up on, including interviews and obtaining DNA samples.

photo of tomstone inscription

It has never been determined if the newborns' mother was involved in their death or whether she may have been a victim herself. We can ask ourselves if this mother carried on over the years without receiving the support required. We do however need to fully determine her exact involvement in the homicide death of the twins. Someone is culpable for the two deaths and for 23 years now we have lacked the information to establish the evidence to make someone accountable for the infants’ deaths added Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

The Princeton RCMP and South East District Major Crimes Unit ask that anyone with information regarding the homicide death of the Princeton Angels or the identity of their mother to contact the Princeton RCMP at 250-295-6911, their local police services or via Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


 

Released by

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
South East District
1168 Main Street, Penticton B.C. V2A-5E8
Office: 250-770-4754
Cell: 250-863-7433
Fax: 250-492-4851

Email: dan.moskaluk@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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