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Brutal Pacific Spirit Park Homicide Unsolved 4 Years Later

04/03/2013 04:24 EDT | Updated 06/03/2013 05:12 EDT
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The family of woman whose body was found in Metro Vancouver's Pacific Spirit Park in April 2009 made an emotional appeal today for someone to come forward and help police solve the case.

Wendy Ladner-Beaudry's body was found four years ago on Wednesday, just off a trail in a wooded park located between the affluent Dunbar neighbourhood and the UBC campus. It is believed she was on a run when she was attacked.

RCMP held a news conference this morning near the spot in order to appeal to the public for help cracking the unsolved case.

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Pound says there are hundreds of possible suspects, but investigators need someone to come forward with new information to help them solve the case.

"Ninety-five percent of the time we know who did it. We know a motive. And in this case, because we don't have this information. We are relying heavily on the public," said Pound.

Three years ago, police produced and released a YouTube video about Ladner-Beaudry's death in the hopes of generating more tips.

Victim's family reaches out

No arrests have been made in the case and police have never said how Ladner-Beaudry was killed.

The husband of Ladner-Beaudry, Michel Beaudry, was initially under a cloud of suspicion, but police ruled him out as a suspect in June 2009.

Ladner-Beaudry's brother Peter Ladner said the family remains frustrated by the unsolved death and until her killer is found, people should be concerned.

"We have worked with the police and come up blank. We have done everything possible we can," said Ladner.

In addition to numerous public appeals, Ladner-Beaudry's family offered a $30,000 reward for information in 2011, but that failed to bring in a tip leading to an arrest and charges.

"Someone was randomly killed right over there four years ago and the murderer has not been found. The shadow of fear continues to hang over this park," said Ladner.

"No one, especially women running or walking alone, should be in this park without being aware that this is an unusually dangerous place," he said.

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