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Cold Cases: Bodies of Worthman and Lockyer discovered

They are the heartwrenching stories that shock whole communities, bringing waves of fear and sorrow that can linger for years. Disappearances and unsolved murders devastate Canadian families in all parts of the country, creating anger and suspicions that may never be put to rest. In collaboration with the CBC News series Canadian Cold Case, the CBC Digital Archives presents a collection of stories from unsolved crimes in Canada.

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One of Newfoundland's unsolved mysteries is beginning to unravel. In 2006, nearly 13 years after the couple suddenly vanished from their St. Philip's home, the bodies of Dale Worthman and Kimberly Lockyer are discovered in a lonely stretch of nearby woods. Both had been shot in what police are now labelling a double homicide. As we see in this report from CBC-TV's Here and Now, the discovery answers some questions, but the biggest one remains: who killed the young couple?
• The skeletal remains of Kimberly Lockyer and Dale Worthman were discovered in a wooded area after a man involved in the murder approached police in 2005. Joseph Anthony Oliver was tried and convicted of manslaughter in 2009. In an agreed statement of facts presented to the court, it was revealed that he came to police in 2005 with information about the killings. According to CBC News, "Oliver asked an RNC officer for two pounds of marijuana, as well as a job paying at least $15 per hour, before he would divulge details about Worthman and Lockyer. The RNC declined." In July 2006 he led officers to the wooded area where the skeletal remains were found.
Medium: Television
Program: Here & Now
Broadcast Date: Aug. 21, 2006
Guest(s): Simon Avis, Joe Browne
Reporter: Nancy Walsh
Duration: 2:33

Last updated: February 15, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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