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Western Canada's Highway of Tears Highway 16 is the British Columbia, Canada, section of the Yellowhead Highway. A series of murders and disappearances has given the stretch between Prince Rupert and Prince George the name Highway of Tears.


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Old 04-06-2012, 03:22 PM
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Here's a new name for you all to sleuth!

Taylor Van Diest was murdered Holloween night in Armstrong, BC. Her case had gone unsolved until a day or two ago. LE has a suspect in custody and they've arrested his dad as an 'after the fact accessory.' The suspect is 26, but he's now being connected to an 'escort' sexual assault in Kelowna, BC. This was six years ago!

I believe in the two cases mentioned above, they have dna evidence. Now the question is, has he, or his dad done this before? Are they connected to any of the other unsolved Canadian cases?

Here's a link to Taylor Van Diest's thread and I'll leave you with a name of the suspect in custody and his father and a few locations mentions in news reports about the suspect being connected to.

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http://websleuths.com/forums/showthr...=1#post7763789


Suspect is Mathew Stephen Foerster, age 26, former residence of Cherryville, BC

Second arrest is Mathew's father, Stephen Roy Foerster, age 58, Cherryville, BC. LE said they are familiar with the 'elder' Foerster, but didn't elaborate.

Taylor Van Diest was murdered Halloween night, 2011. She was walking in her zombie costume to meet up with friends for a Halloween night of fun. She was walking close to RR tracks when found and she had told a friend by cell, she was being followed.


Cherryville, BC
Kelowna, BC
and Armstrongh, BC


http://www.canada.com/news/Father+ar...930/story.html
Father and son arrested in slaying of B.C. teen Taylor Van Diest
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:31 PM
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Wow Fran! This could be a HUGE break!
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:08 PM
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That's why I wanted the Serial Killer forum folks to be aware of this guy and his dad. Who knows where this will lead. We have to remember that this is Canada so any sleuthing they want to do on these two better be pdq. We know how they batton down the hatches in Canada once they've charged someone.

I'd be checking it out myself, but I've been busy elsewhere, and now have to run out and won't have time until tomorrow to look into it. I know how good the Serial Killer sleuthers are when they have something to work with. This may lead nowhere, but...............

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Old 04-06-2012, 07:32 PM
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Cherryville, BC to Highway #97 at Cache Creek (part of the Trans Canada Highway and Highway of Tears) is 250 kms or 3 hours and 20 min driving time.

Cache Creek to Prince George is another 444 kms or another 6 hours driving time.

Wonder what Foerster Sr does for a living?
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Cherryville, BC to Highway #97 at Cache Creek (part of the Trans Canada Highway and Highway of Tears) is 250 kms or 3 hours and 20 min driving time.

Cache Creek to Prince George is another 444 kms or another 6 hours driving time.

Wonder what Foerster Sr does for a living?
apparently he's a painter...
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:47 PM
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Many Highway of Tears victims are from as early as 1989 and the 1990s. The suspect in the Taylor van Diest murder is 26 years old ... born in the mid-1980s. His father was arrested for obstruction. I don't think that there's any reason to assume that the father is guilty of the crimes for which the son has been arrested. It's more likely that the father aided the son in fleeing to Ontario or lied to police about the events on the night of the murder.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:50 PM
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Stephen Roy Foerster is known to police but they have not yet said how.

He is listed as a painter on land registry documents when he purchased his home several years ago - wonder if he still only paints and how far he might travel for work, or R&R.

The timeline via DNA so far indicates the son, Matthew, committed a sexual assault while still living at his parents place at age 19 in 2004. Since there is smoke here a fire might also be present. Time will tell.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:40 AM
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Ok, I admit, I don't know if this guy has committed any of these multitude of unsolved murders. But, fwiw, I've discovered that he was a TRUCKER. Yep! The old trucker guy, cruising the highways and byways. hmmmm

He is now a suspect in a second sexual assault. dna available.

LE arrested him in the town of Collingwood. He was at a local motel there.

From some of what I've read, LE had been on to him for awhile, there were rumors in the town where Taylor lived that it was someone from Cherryville.

LE followed him around and retrieved discarded cups to obtain his dna.

So you see, he wasn't just some local boy, he was a traveling man.

His crimes dated back so far, to 2004, I believe.

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Tensions high in Van Diest murder suspect's hometown


http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/l...shColumbiaHome





Father, son arrested in B.C. Halloween teen murder

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/201...#ixzz1rKInJAjo
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Hey I live in the town of collingwood ..no arrest here.
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I live in collingwood Ont canada,,if u don't know of it .You have prolly heard of wasaga beach or blue mountian all right in my area..2hrs north of toronto Hwy 400 then cut off Hwy 26 .. but i think u must be talking about a diff collingwood cause i would think i woulda heard something.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:23 AM
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I live in collingwood Ont canada,,if u don't know of it .You have prolly heard of wasaga beach or blue mountian all right in my area..2hrs north of toronto Hwy 400 then cut off Hwy 26 .. but i think u must be talking about a diff collingwood cause i would think i woulda heard something.

He wasn't necessarily a local to Collingwood. They arrested him at a motel. Perhaps he was driving through (in a truck?). It may not have been widely known there was an arrest.

Anyway, I believe they'd been following him around, according to some articles I've read.

Here's a link with a video. That's where they state Collingwood, Ontario. Just watch the beginning of the news clip of the female reporter's voice. It's also printed on the screen.

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http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/l...shColumbiaHome
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Ok thats the <modsnip> motel around too pay by cash only not because theres hookers and they will rent it out by the hour lol they just dont have a cash debit card machine lol..but ya thats my town it didn't even make out local news thats weird its about 10 minutes outside of the actuall town right on hwy 26..thanks for the tip.
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