Sister of Highway of Tears victim calls cuts to policing ‘heartbreaking’

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Families of the Highway of Tears victims fear the millions in funding cuts being made to RCMP in BC will hamper the investigation into a series of unsolved murders with links to Highway 16.

The RCMP Major Crimes budget will be slashed by $1.4 million dollars, which will affect the Special Projects Unit that’s responsible for the E-Pana investigation.

Brenda Wilson, whose sister Ramona was found murdered near Smithers two decades ago after she disappeared on the infamous highway, says the team is being reduced year by year.

“It does make a difference when you decrease your team you start to lose the impact it should have with all the resources in the places they need to be.”

The Major Crimes section will lose 13 full-time investigators within various projects.

“It’s really heartbreaking to myself to know there isn’t 100% coverage for this investigation to happen.”

Justice Minister Suzanne Anton has been unavailable to comment on the cuts.

The RCMP’s B.C. division has said it has done all it can to save money, but it has to start slashing jobs.

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