A man RCMP believe is responsible for the 1974 slaying of a teen in B.C. has also been linked to four homicides in the U.S.

RCMP have scheduled a news conference in Surrey, B.C., Tuesday as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearances or killings of at least 18 young women in B.C.’s Interior since 1969 — cases that have come to be known as the Highway of Tears slayings.

CBC News has learned that police will announce that DNA has linked American convict Bobby Jack Fowler, now deceased, to the killing of Colleen MacMillen, 16.

Fowler, who died in prison in 2006, is also a suspect in four other unsolved homicides of female teenagers in Lincoln County, Ore., in the 1980s and 1990s, the county’s district attorney said in a release late Monday.

Two were slain in a double homicide in 1992 and two others in a separate double homicide in 1995.

Fowler was not a suspect at the time of his 1996 conviction in Lincoln County for kidnapping, assault and attempted rape. But in 2009, authorities reopened the cold case files and began working with RCMP earlier this year while investigating Fowler.

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  • 1972

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • 1982

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • 1989

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • 1994

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • 1995

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • Date unknown

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">Killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> drove old cars, possibly similar to one in this image, said RCMP.


The RCMP said in a release earlier Monday that they would announce “a significant development” in their ongoing efforts to solve the cases of at least 18 women missing or killed in the B.C. interior.


Police revealed no further details, but did say families that might be affected by the announcement have been notified that the information is going to be made public.


“Police will also be issuing a plea for assistance from British Columbians, Canadians and Americans,” the release said, adding that “a representative from the United States” is also going to speak at the news conference.


It’s the first time that police have mentioned any possible U.S. connection to the northern B.C. missing women cases.


Tuesday’s news conference is to be followed by two additional news conferences in Kamloops and Prince George on Wednesday, RCMP said.


Highway of Tears slayings


The RCMP unit that is conducting Tuesday's news conference is known as Project E-PANA, the unit that is investigating the Highway of Tears slayings.


The Highway of Tears originally referred to a number of deaths and disappearances along a 700-kilometre stretch of Highway 16, a remote mountain highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert.


The Project E-PANA investigation has since been expanded to include a number of other deaths of women on other B.C. Interior highways, including highways 5 and 97.


MacMillen was last seen hitchhiking along Highway 97 near Lac La Hache, B.C., south of Prince George, on her way to see friends.


Other groups put the number of women missing or killed along the B.C. Interior routes as high as 43. Most were members of First Nation communities.

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  • Colleen MacMillen

    Age: 16 Last Seen: Aug. 9, 1974 near Lac La Hache. Body found Sept. 5, 1974 near 100 Mile House. Was believed to be hitchhiking. RCMP have determined through DNA testing that Bobby Jack Fowler was responsible for her death.

  • Gale Ann Weys

    Age: 19 Last Seen: Oct. 19, 1973 in Clearwater. Body found April 6, 1974 along Yellowhead Highway. Believed hitchhiking to Kamloops.

  • Pamela Darlington

    Age: 19 Last Seen: Nov. 6, 1973 in Kamloops. Body found Nov. 7, 1973 in a city park. Believed to be hitchhiking at the time.

  • Delphine Nikkal

    Age: 16 Last Seen: June 14, 1990, along Highway 16 in Smithers.

  • Lana Derrick

    Age: 19 Last Seen: October 7, 1995 at a service station in Thornhill, B.C.

  • Nicole Hoar

    Age: 25 Last Seen: June 21, 2002 in Prince George. Believed to be hitchhiking on Highway 16.

  • Tamara Chipman

    Age: 22 Last Seen: Sept. 21, 2005 in Prince Rupert. Believed to be hitchhiking on Highway 16.

  • Alberta Williams

    Age: 24 Last Seen: Aug. 26, 1989 in Prince Rupert. Body found Sept. 16, 1989 on Highway 16.

  • Ramona Wilson

    Age: 16 Last Seen: June 11, 1994, hitchhiking to a friend's home in Smithers. Body found April 1995, Smithers Airport.

  • Roxanne Thiara

    Age: 15 Last Seen: Nov. 1994 in Prince George. Body found near Burns Lake.

  • Leah Alisha Germaine

    Age: 15 Her body was found Dec. 9, 1994.

  • Cecilia Anne Nikal

    Last Seen: 1989

  • Monica Ignas

    Age: 14 Last Seen: Dec. 13, 1974 in Thornhill, B.C. Body found Apr. 6, 1975 near Terrace.

  • Aielah Saric Auger

    Age: 14 Last Seen: Feb. 2, 2006 in Prince George. Body found Feb. 10, 2006 on Highway 16.

  • Gloria Moody

    Age: 27 Last Seen: Oct. 25, 1969 in Williams Lake. Body found Oct. 26 1969.

  • Micheline Pare

    Age: 18 Last Seen: July 1970 along Fort St. John/Hudson's Hope Highway. Body found Aug. 8, 1970 near Hudson's Hope. Last seen hitchhiking to a ranch.

  • Shelly Ann Bascu

    Age: 16 Last Seen: May 3, 1983 near Hinton, Alberta. Seen walking along Highway 16.

  • Monica Jack

    Age: 12 Last Seen: May 6, 1978 near Nicola Lake. Body found in June 1995 north of Merritt.

  • Maureen Mosie

    Age: 33 Last Seen: May 8, 1981 in Salmon Arm. Body found May 9, 1981 near Kamloops. Believed to have been hitchhiking.



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