December 10, 2012 - 1:50 PM
A young Terrace girl was in Kamloops for less than a week visiting friends and according to her Greyhound bus ticket, she was due home Dec. 5 - the same day her body was found in a ravine near Guerin Creek.
Kamloops RCMP provided a few more details about 16-year-old C.J. Fowler's brief time in Kamloops before her murder. Police here are working with Prince George and Terrace RCMP following about 200 leads and hoping to understand the events that led to Fowler's death.
Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said Fowler came to Kamloops Dec. 1 with a male companion. He said they have spoken to the companion but would not say if he is a suspect.
"There's a lot of information that's not being disclosed to safeguard the integrity of the investigation," Learned said. "(Investigators) are keeping very tight-lipped."
While they have confirmed that she was murdered, questions still remain about why she was killed, what happened and who did it.
Mounties have narrowed down a timeline of when her body was left in the Sahali location to between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.
RCMP confirmed that Fowler had a history of drug use and are awaiting toxicology results. Learned did not say how those results could impact the investigation.
"We have identified that C.J. was someone (who) could be characterized as a troubled youth," he said.
Fowler's mother, Matilda, has updated family and friends via Facebook.
A person walking their dog in the Guerin Creek area reported the discovery of Fowler's remains at about 11:45 a.m., Dec. 5. Eight full-time investigators have been assigned to the case and continue to investigate.
RCMP are asking anyone who was in the area Dec. 5 to contact them regardless of how insignificant the details may seem. They also ask residents who live in or near the Grandview Terrace and Dalgleish areas with video surveillance cameras to contact RCMP.
"In reality there is someone who is responsible for her death (who) is still out there in the community," Learned said.
Learned also added Fowler's murderer is not a threat to the general population of Kamloops.
"If there was, we would have a responsibility to report that to the community."
— Jessica Wallace
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