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Highway of Tears - Loren Leslie crime scene

WARNING!: Description below may be disturbing to some readers.


This view shows an abandoned logging/stockpile road next to Highway 27 b/w Fort St. James & Vanderhoof, British Columbia.  It was here on November 27, 2010 at 9:45pm that Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Constable Aaron Kehler, who had been w/ the RCMP for a year, was headed south on Highway 27 to meet w/ another officer when he observed a 2004 GMC pickup-truck pull out from this road onto the highway & was speeding erratically.  On a hunch, Kehler decided to pull over the vehicle for a routine traffic stop, believing it odd and suspicious that someone would be on the highway that late in frigid November.  He suspected the driver of poaching in the backwoods and signaled for him to pull over.


Kehler was joined by a second RCMP officer as the individual being pulled over was 21-year-old Cody Alan Legebokoff. Both officers said that upon searching Legebokoff's pickup truck, they discovered a multi-tool and wrench covered in blood, as well as a monkey backpack and a wallet containing a children's hospital card bearing the name Loren Leslie. When questioned about the blood on him, Legebokoff purportedly said that he was poaching and had clubbed a deer to death because: "I'm a redneck, that's what we do for fun."  The truck did not contain a deer carcass.


The officers arrested Legebokoff under the Canada Wildlife Act and called for a conservation officer with animal tracking skills. The warden traced the tire tracks of Legebokoff's vehicle up this road to an old stockpile (now an illegal dump site for the locals) and in the freshly fallen snow, found footprints that did not lead to a deer, but instead to the lifeless yet still-warm body of a 15 year old girl who would be confirmed as Loren Dawn Leslie.  Loren was legally blind w/ only one eye having 50% vision.  She had met Legebokoff on the Canadian social media website Nexopia w/ Cody having the username "1CountryBoy".


Cody was not on the police radar prior to this encounter & friends described him as being popular & having no propensity for violence.  After Legebokoff's arrest in connection with Leslie's death, he was linked by DNA analysis to the deaths of three other women, their names Jill Stacey Stuchenko, Cynthia Frances Maas, and Natasha Lynn Montgomery.  They were all linked to sex trades.


Jill Stacey Stuchenko, 35-year-old mother of six, last seen on October 9, 2009. She was found dead four days later in a gravel pit on the outskirts of Prince George.

Natasha Lynn Montgomery, 23 year old mother of two, last seen August 31 or early September 1, 2010. Her body has never been found, but her DNA was later found in samples taken in Legebokoff's apartment.

Cynthia Frances Maas, 35, last seen September 10, 2010. Her body was found in a Prince George park the following month. Maas died of blunt-force trauma to the head and penetrating wounds. She had a hole in her shoulder blade, a broken jaw and cheekbone, and injuries to her neck consistent with someone's stomping on it.


Because the span of these crimes are located near to Highway 16 (the Yellowhead Highway more infamously known as the Highway of Tears), the victim Natasha Lynn Montgomery is included on the list of missing girls & women relating to the Highway of Tears murders.  Cody's arrest would mark him as one of the youngest serial killers in Canadian history w/ his case becoming national news.  Legebokoff was convicted on four counts of first-degree murder on September 11, 2014. On September 16, Legebokoff was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years. Additionally, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Glen Parrett added him to the national sex offender registry, given the sexual assaults committed as part of the murders and Legebokoff's apparent degradation of the victims' bodies. "He lacks any shred of empathy or remorse," Parrett said of the killer. "He should never be allowed to walk among us again."  Originally imprisoned at the Kent Institution, he was transferred in March 2019 to the Warkworth Institution in Trent Hills, Ontario.


In this photo there is a cross & memorial dedicated to Loren Leslie.  If one drives the short distance on the road to the stockpile, it is overgrown w/ trees.  The site continues to be a dumping ground for trash w/ even a few abandoned vehicles, not to mention an uneasy feeling.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 20756x10378
Taken: 27/06/2023
Uploaded: 10/12/2023


Tags: highway 27; british columbia; woods; highway of tears; murder; homicide; solved; crime scene; serial killer; dog creek; stuart lake highway; loren leslie; memorial; cross
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