Slain woman's family offers $30K reward
Wendy Ladner-Beaudry was killed while jogging in Vancouver on April 3, 2009
The family of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry, who was killed while jogging in Vancouver in 2009, is offering a $30,000 reward for new information that identifies a suspect who is charged in her death.
Ladner-Beaudry, a 53-year-old mother of two, was killed on April 3, 2009, while jogging in the southeast corner of Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver's Dunbar neighbourhood, near the University of British Columbia.
Ladner-Beaudry's brother, Peter Ladner, and Nancy Edmonds, her oldest sister, made the announcement on Sunday near the site where her body was found exactly two years earlier.
Edmonds said the family is prepared to offer $30,000 for a tip that leads to an arrest and a charge in her sister's death, but the tip must come in before June 3.
Ladner said the 60-day deadline was plenty of time for someone with information to step forward and claim the reward.
"The two months was simply to add some urgency to the whole process and try to bring it to a resolution sooner," Ladner said.
RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said police are in support of the family's offer of a reward. In the past two years, police have received more than 300 tips, that identified 300 persons of interest. Police have eliminated 100 of those.
Last year, the RCMP posted a video on YouTube in hopes of getting more tips.
"This investigation is still very active, and is a top priority," Thiessen said. "We have a team of officers that have remained committed to this investigation."
Ladner-Beaudry's death has become "a shadow" in the neighbourhood that police want to help lift, Thiessen said.
He said it still isn't clear whether it was a random or targeted crime, but the public should feel safe using the park — at least as safe as in any other Vancouver park.
"This park, for the most part, has always been a safe park," Thiessen said.
"The public has to be aware what can occur, and what unfortunately occasionally does occur."
Following the family's announcement on Sunday, a large group of neighbours and friends entered Pacific Spirit Park for an annual memorial walk.
Ladner-Beaudry's husband Michel Beaudry and daughters Maya, 23, and Jenna, 18, were not present at the announcement or the walk.
"Michel is spending the day — this difficult day — with his daughters and that's the best place for him and his family right now," Edmonds said.