Two years after Spruce Grove teacher Jolene Cote was killed, her family is still looking for answers.
Police found Cote's body on October 13, 2011 when they responded to a 911 call at her rural home near Spruce Grove.
Surveillance footage later revealed she visited a Walmart the night before she died. The store was the last known place Cote was seen before her body was discovered by her husband at 6:05 a.m. the following morning, said police.
Although her death was ruled to be a homicide, no one was ever arrested.
A mother-of-two, Cote had taught Grade 9 at Greystone Centennial Middle School. At her 2011 memorial, she was remembered as an athlete and educator whose impact extended far beyond her close friends and family.
Speaking on the second anniversary of her sister’s death, Rhonda Berg said the family is still grieving.
“It hasn’t gotten any easier. I can tell you right now it’s as fresh as it was two weeks after it happened for all of us.”
“It’s horrifying to me to think that my sister had to fight for her life and that’s how her life ended. It’s just horrifying. I can’t imagine how afraid she was.”
Now, Berg is still doing all she can to ensure Cote is not forgotten. The family is putting up posters in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Edmonton to remind people about her case.
A $50,000 reward has also been offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
“I will not let it be forgotten. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that [she's] not forgotten.”
Berg said she still meets with Edmonton police regularly.