Enniskillen, Petrolia, Sarnia, Where we live — By JD Booth on May 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm
The Ontario Provincial Police Inspector of Corporate Communications says his agency is not contemplating an External Independent Review of the Karen Caughlin murder case of nearly four decades ago.
“We feel we have conducted a thorough and professional investigation,” said Inspector Dave Ross in response to the family's assertion at a news conference this morning that the murder will not be solved as long as it remains under the jurisdiction of the OPP.
Karen Caughlin's body was found in a ditch on Ploughing Match Road, near Petrolia on March 16, 1974. She was 14 years old at the time. She was last seen hours earlier on Brock Street South, only a block from the family home.
“We are disheartened, anguished and enraged to be here today, after 37 years, but feel we have no recourse,” Caughlin told a few dozen people gathered in a conference room on what would have been Karen Caughlin's 52nd birthday.
She claims the police investigation into the murder has been botched and fresh eyes are necessary to get to the bottom of what happened. But, Inspector Ross says that having 32 different case managers oversee the investigation since 1974 has brought fresh perspective to the case on a regular basis.
“Everyone in the world looks at things with a different lens,” he said.
Caughlin has suggested that the case be turned over to former Vancouver Detective Kim Rossmo, who worked on the Robert Picton case into missing women in that city, but she said the OPP has rejected the idea.
“We need the truth,” concluded Kathy Cauhglin. “We just want justice for Karen.”
Inspector Ross sympathises with the family's grief, but says the case remains “solvable.”
“We recognize it (the lack of closure) is hard on the family,” said Ross.