There have been no answers yet in any of the missing and murdered women cases in and around Hope this year.
Trina Hunt’s body was found near Silver Creek on March 29, following a long period of being missing – presumably closer to her home in Port Moody.
The body of Melissa Steele, 19, was discovered north of Hope, at a pullout near the Sailor Bar Tunnel on May 26. Integrated Homicide was working on the case, but there have been no public updates since the discovery.
The local deaths highlighted the number of women who have murdered or gone missing in and around the Fraser Canyon, including April Parisian and Shawnee Inyallie, whose body was found down the Fraser River in Delta in the summer of 2018. Parisian’s body has never been found.
This year, mourners gathered in Hope’s Memorial Park for a Red Dress Day rally in honour of the area’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Dresses and other clothing items were hung from the trees and a display, while friends of family of those murdered and missing women and girls, and murdered and missing men, spoke to the crowds. The local event coordinators also acknowledge that many men of Indigenous background have gone missing or been murdered, and include them in the ceremonies.
To this day, many businesses still have red dresses hanging in their windows as a reminder of those who have passed.
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