A decade has passed since the death of Ardeth Wood, a 27-year-old Ottawa woman who was attacked and killed in the middle of the day while riding her bike in the east end of the city.

After Wood's death, an east-end pathway patrol program was founded and scholarships are awarded in her name every year at Carleton University and the University of Waterloo.

A Bebb's Oak tree, more than 100 years old, at the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa, is dedicated to Ardeth Wood.

Brenden Wood sat by the tree and said every year in August his daughter's death comes back to haunt him.


Ardeth Wood was working toward a PhD in philosophy at the University of Waterloo when she was killed. (CBC)

"You put it in a compartment in your mind and you try not to get in there very often," said Wood.

"When anniversaries come, I'm real good at forgetting them. My wife's really good at remembering them … When people remind you it kind of comes back," he said.

Ardeth Wood was working toward a PhD in philosophy at the University of Waterloo when she was killed.

While visiting Orleans, she went for a bike ride on August 6, 2003, and she never came home.

Search for Wood was one of Ottawa's largest

The search for Ardeth Wood was one of the largest in Ottawa's history.

Her body was found five days later in Green's Creek and it took two years after Wood's body was found before charges were laid.

Chris Meyers pleaded guilty in 2008 and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 10 years.

During Meyers' hearing, an agreed statement of facts was read, including Myers's admission that he drowned Wood and committed a string of sex crimes against other women.


A Bebb's Oak tree at the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa is dedicated to Ardeth Wood. (Jeanne Armstrong/CBC)

With credit of time served, Meyers is eligible for parole in the fall of 2015.

Bill Horne was shocked when he heard about Wood's death and started a pathway patrol program in the east-end that still exists.

"I knew that many women just all of a sudden did not want to come to this part of the area at all," said Horne, "and I can understand that."

'Something that could have happened to anybody'

On the oak tree in the arboretum is a plaque that reads "Her death touched the heart of a city."

Brenden Wood said part of the reason it did touch the heart of people in Ottawa is because "this is something that could have happened to anybody."

"Do I feel any particular anger to that individual today? The answer is no. We have to move forward," said Brenden Wood.