Project E-Pana is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) task force created in 2005 with the purpose of solving cases of missing and murdered persons along a section of Highway 16, all female, between Prince Rupert, British Columbia and Prince George, British Columbia, dubbed the Highway of Tears. Though it started with the scope of investigating victims of Highway 16, within a year of formation, it morphed to include victims along Highways 5, 24 and 97. It is no longer specifically dedicated to Highway of Tears cases

The name E-Pana was chosen from a concatenation of E from “E” Division, which is the RCMP division that has jurisdiction over British Columbia (BC), and Pana, which is the name of an Inuit goddess who cares for souls before heaven or reincarnation.

The task force was created during the Fall of 2005 in order to investigate a series of unsolved murders and disappearances along BC’s Highway of Tears, and determine whether a serial killer or killers is operating there. In 2006, the Task Force took ownership of nine investigations. In 2007 the number of cases doubled from nine to eighteen.

  • E-Pana consists of 13 murder investigations and 5 disappearances, ranging in date from 1969 to 2006.

Criteria

Thirteen of the eighteen victims on the E-Pana list were teenagers; ten of aboriginal descent.[3]

The following criteria must be met by the victims in order to be added to the E-Pana list:[4]

  1. The victim was female;
  2. The victim was engaged in one or more ‘high risk’ behaviours, i.e., behaviours which would tend to place them in the control of strangers in isolated environments without witnesses (e.g. outside the sight and earshot of the bystanders), easy avenues of escape or sources of assistance – primary examples of this would be hitchhiking alone or sex work;
  3. The victim went missing from, or her body was found near, Highway 16 from Prince Rupert to Hinton, Highway 97 from Merritt to Fort Nelson, or Highways 5 and 24 connecting Valemount and 100 Mile House; and,
  4. The evidence indicated a stranger attack, i.e., no suspect was seen or identifiable and there was no grounds to believe that death was the result of suicide, misadventure or domestic violence.

Victims

Name
Gloria Moody
Micheline Pare
Gale Weys
Pamela Darlington
Monica Ignas
Colleen MacMillen
Monica Jack
Maureen Mosie
Shelly-Anne Bascu
Alberta Gail Williams
Delphine Nikal
Ramona Wilson
Roxanne Thiara
Alishia ‘Leah’ Germaine
Lana Derrick
Nicole Hoar
Tamara Lynn Chipman
Aielah Saric Auger
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