Along the Island Highway just outside Campbell River, 16-year-old Helena Howard and her sister Christine Thomas, 26, stood looking for a ride to Gold River, where their large Mowachaht First Nations family lived.

It was July 6, 1979, and hitchhiking was commonplace. Residents of the mill town often made the 90-minute trek to Campbell River, and would regularly pick up neighbours needing a lift.

The young man who stopped for the two sisters, though, was a stranger. He drove them towards Gold River, but about seven kilometres before reaching the town, he turned onto a narrow logging road. What kind of horror the sisters endured in Dean Langford’s car that day will never be known.

Early the next morning, two anglers found the sisters’ bodies in a ditch along the remote road, each stabbed nine times in the back, neck, chest and face. The coroner could find no signs of sexual assault.

Lillian Howard, then 28 years old, was working for the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in Vancouver when she learned that her two aunts — who were more like sisters to her — had been brutally slain.

VANCOUVER, BC – MAY 17, 2017 – Lillian Howard in Vancouver, B.C., May 17, 2017. She and many victims’ relatives are upset about the delays in the long-awaited Missing Women’s inquiry. (Arlen Redekop / PNG staff photo) (story by Lori Culbert) [PNG Merlin Archive]

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