2012-03-19 15:41 PDT
While the investigative efforts continue in preparation for the upcoming trial of Cody Legebokoff, the family of Natasha Montgomery also moves forward with their efforts for closure.
On November 27th, 2010, Cody Legebokoff was pulled over by uniformed RCMP members from Fort St James and Vanderhoof. This investigation led officers to enlist the aid of the BC Conservation Officer Service. The result of this investigation was the arrest of Mr Legebokoff for the murder of 15 year old Loren Leslie. The subsequent investigation by the E Division Major Crime Unit and the Prince George RCMP Detachment led to three more murder charges against Mr Legebokoff relating to the deaths of Jill Stuchenko, Natasha Montgomery and Cynthia Maas. Click here to see previous news release.
On March 19, 2012, the family of Natasha Montgomery and the Sekanni Carrier Nation completed a ceremony at a residence where police believe Natasha was murdered. The ceremony was done in an effort to allow the Montgomery family to begin healing during this difficult time. Even though charges have been laid Natasha's body was never recovered. Police are requesting the public's assistance in bringing Natasha home to her family. Click on photo for higher resolution image.
While Cody Legebokoff has been charged and will be tried for the death of Natasha, we still need to know where she is in order to give her family the dignity of a proper burial, says Cst. Lesley Smith, North District RCMP Media Relations Officer.
She was a beautiful, loving and caring person. Her family wants to bring her home. Anyone who may know where Natasha is needs to contact police.
Police are asking anyone with any information to call the specially created Tip Line 1-877-987-8477 (TIPS).
Today we came here to pray and smudge the apartment where we lost our beloved Natasha. The loss of Natasha has had a very devastating impact on our family. It is hard enough to accept the fact she is gone, let alone not having the ability to lay her to rest. We need her back to help in our family’s healing process. We feel like we are being tormented by Cody because he is not giving her back. Her children have been emotionally scarred. As they grow older they will learn what has really happened to their mother. It’s hard to answer the questions they ask now, they know their mother has passed and that she is still missing. This is a nightmare our family is reliving on a daily basis. We wake up every morning wondering if today is the day she is found, is today the day Cody loses his power over our family! I urge the public to come forward with any tips they have small or big on Cody’s activities prior to his arrest! No information is too small; it may lead us to Natasha! Our hearts go out to the Maas family, the Leslie family and the Stuchenko family. You are not alone in this horrifying journey we have all had to endure! No one deserves this; our loved ones didn’t deserve this! He preyed on their vulnerability!
For video of the Montgomery family’s ceremony today go to External link, opens in a new windowwww.sendtonews.com.
Cst. Lesley Smith
Media Relations Officer
4020 5th Avenue, Prince George B.C. V2M 7E7
Office: (250) 561-3166
Cell: (250) 301-3521