Four years later, it doesn’t get any easier for Gwen Wilson.
The mother of Hillary Angel Wilson said goodbye to her daughter once again Tuesday, the day marking the four-year anniversary of her death. Eighteen years old at the time, Hillary’s body was found in a field in East St. Paul, just northeast of the city limits on Aug. 20, 2009.
The family has been holding public memorials on that day to honour her daughter. Tuesday, after a small ceremony at the site where Hillary was found, members of the Wilson family made the approximately 17-kilometre walk to the Manitoba Legislative Building for a candlelight vigil.
"I’m very tired, hurting lots inside. I’m very emotional, there are a lot of things that I want to say," an exhausted Wilson said, sitting on the steps next to a banner featuring pictures of Hillary with the caption "Forever Loved-Deeply Missed" written underneath.
"I wish that this and many other cases could get solved. I’m patiently waiting and trying to do what I can to help the police with finding out who did this to my daughter... who took her away."
At the time, RCMP treated the death as a homicide. Four years later, details on what happened to Wilson remain scarce. An RCMP spokesperson offered little in terms of progress Tuesday, indicating the case is still under investigation.
No charges have been laid or arrests made in the Wilson homicide. She was last seen alive in the North End, near the McKenzie Street and Selkirk Avenue area.
— Adam Wazny