Detectives continue to work 37-year-old Kamloops killing

Investigators haven't lost hope someone knows something that will help them shed light on a 37-year-old Kamloops murder.

RCMP in Vancouver, members of the Project E-Pana "Highway of Tears" investigatory team, made a public plea Friday for information about the killing of Kamloops teenager Pamela Darlington.

Darlington, 19, was last seen alive Nov. 6, 1973, at the David Thompson Pub in the company of a man with messy blond hair.

Her body was found the next day by Frank Almond Sr. and his son Frank, who spotted her body at the edge of their property where it bordered Pioneer Park.

RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Annie Linteau said investigators continue to believe someone knows something. They urge anyone who thinks they know anything at all - no matter how small - to come forward.

Darlington was last seen in the company of the man with the blond hair, who police also believe was the driver of a car spotted racing to beat a train in the vicinity of where Darlington's body was later found. The car was described as an older model white Chrysler four-door vehicle.

Linteau said police have been never been able to link a name to the mystery man seen with Darlington at the pub. Someone knows who he is, however, and someone knows what happened to the car, she said.

Police want anyone who thinks they know something to come forward, no matter how small or insignificant they think their information might be.

Over the years, the names of other proven killers have surfaced in the Darlington case but all have been dismissed.

Ted Bundy, an American serial killer active between 1974 and 1978, was once thought to be a suspect in Darlington's death, but that theory was later disproved. Bundy was executed in Florida in 1989.

Other names have also surfaced from time to time, but all have been abandoned, leaving investigators with little more than they had in 1973.

Linteau said police are using forensic DNA analysis - methods that did not exist 37 years ago -to re-examine exhibits in the hope a lead might materialize.

For Frank Almond Jr., the memory of seeing Darlington's body remains horrifyingly clear in his mind. He was 17 years old at the time, not much younger than the woman he saw dead on the edge of his family's property.

Almond said it was his father who in fact looked most closely at Darlington and called the police, after the teen first spotted the woman's body from a greater distance.

He said he is still shocked and surprised no one has been found or charged for the murder.

"It's kind of eerie, really," said Almond.

Kamloops RCMP spokeswoman Const. Cheryl Bush said local investigators are not involved in the case at this time. The matter is solely in the hands of the E-Pana team, which has been given the task of investigating the cases of 18 murdered or missing women or girls. Many of the victims have been killed along what's been dubbed the Highway of Tears - the long lonely stretch of highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

Some of the victims, however - Darlington included - have been included in the E-Pana case because of the nature and circumstances of the case.

"If a big tip came out of it, we'd follow up on it," said Bush. "But the file sits with (E-Pana) now."

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