RCMP in northwestern B.C. are looking into a frightening experience by a female hitchhiker, who had to jump from a moving minivan because she feared for her safety.
On Christmas Eve, the woman was hitchhiking in the Kispiox area, north of Hazelton, when she was picked up by a man driving a red minivan, said RCMP in a news release on Thursday.
After some brief conversation with the driver, she became "very uncomfortable" and asked that he stop the vehicle, said Prince George RCMP. The man ignored her request and kept driving in the opposite direction from her intended destination.
Fearing for her safety, the woman jumped from the van's window when the driver slowed to cross a bridge. The man, who did not stop, was last seen in the Hagwilget area on Highway 62, driving towards Highway 16.
Earlier this year, police confirmed Bobby Jack Fowler, an Oregon inmate who died in 2006, killed at least one woman and was responsible in possibly nine other cases.
Cody Legebokoff is scheduled to go to trial in September 2013 on four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Prince George-area women who disappeared in the region starting in 2009.
The driver in the Christmas Eve case is described as a heavy-set, white man between 40 to 50 years old. He has grey hair and was wearing dark brown glasses and a jean jacket, said RCMP.
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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.
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.
Age: 16 Last Seen: June 14, 1990, along Highway 16 in Smithers.
Age: 19 Last Seen: October 7, 1995 at a service station in Thornhill, B.C.
Age: 25 Last Seen: June 21, 2002 in Prince George. Believed to be hitchhiking on Highway 16.
Age: 22 Last Seen: Sept. 21, 2005 in Prince Rupert. Believed to be hitchhiking on Highway 16.
Age: 24 Last Seen: Aug. 26, 1989 in Prince Rupert. Body found Sept. 16, 1989 on Highway 16.
Age: 16 Last Seen: June 11, 1994, hitchhiking to a friend's home in Smithers. Body found April 1995, Smithers Airport.
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
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.
Age: 27 Last Seen: Oct. 25, 1969 in Williams Lake. Body found Oct. 26 1969.
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.
Age: 12 Last Seen: May 6, 1978 near Nicola Lake. Body found in June 1995 north of Merritt.
Age: 33 Last Seen: May 8, 1981 in Salmon Arm. Body found May 9, 1981 near Kamloops. Believed to have been hitchhiking.