A North Vancouver woman accused of eco-terrorist sabotage attacks in the U.S. may have been living in Nelson, B.C., the RCMP said Thursday.
Rebecca J. Rubin is among four people wanted by the FBI for allegedly taking part in a series of arson attacks, vandalism and other crimes in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Colorado between 1996 and 2001.
The FBI has posted a reward of up to $50,000 US for information leading to the arrest of Rubin, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, Joseph Mahmoud Dibee and Justin Franchi Solondz. U.S. investigators believe Overaker and Solondz might also be hiding in Canada.
RCMP spokeswoman Const. Annie Linteau said Rubin, 35, may have been living in Nelson recently.
"We believe that she may have family members [and] relatives in the Lower Mainland. However, information that we have so far indicates that she may have been residing or may have been frequenting the area of Nelson," Linteau told CBC News in a telephone interview.
The RCMP have been assisting the FBI in trying to track down Rubin for about 18 months and have conducted "some inquiries," Linteau said.
"I can't go into details of what led us to believe that, but I can tell you that we have received information that led us to believe that she is in that area."
There are no outstanding warrants for Rubin's arrest in Canada, Linteau said.
The RCMP are asking the public to contact them if they see Rubin.
Rubin and the three other accused eco-terrorists are believed to be members of a radical environmental group known as The Family, according to the FBI.
One of the attacks the group was blamed for was a 1998 firebombing at a Colorado ski resort that caused $12 million US in damage.