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The Murder of Monica Ignas
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The Murder of Monica Ignas

Category
  • Highway of Tears
  • Indigenous Women
  • Murdered
Location

Thornhill, British Columbia

Year

1974

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Monica Ignas was 14 years old when she disappeared. She was originally from Houston, British Columbia but her family moved to the Terrace area in 1973. They lived in an incorporated community off of Highway 16 called Thornhill.

Monica Ignas (findagrave.com)

Monica was last seen on the night of December 13, 1974, at around 11 p.m., she was seen walking by herself along Highway 16 in the direction of her house. She was wearing a blue wool duffle coat, blue socks, and brown Wallabee-style shoes. She never made it home that night though.

Approximately 4 months later, on April 6, her body was found 6 km northeast of Terrace in a densely wooded services road known as Celgar. Her body was decomposed and partially clothed, and police determined that she had been strangled by her own clothing. Two witnesses also reported seeing a car containing a man and what appeared to be a small girl pull over to the side of the road the night of her disappearance.

To date, no arrests have been made and the case is still unsolved.

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If you have any sort of information regarding this case, please contact the British Columbia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit BCcrimestoppers.com.

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