PRINCE GEORGE (NEWS1130) – Prince George Mounties believe they’ve caught a serial killer.
Twenty-one-year-old Cody Alan Legebokoff has been charged with the first-degree murders of 35-year-old mothers Jill Stuchenko and Cynthia Maas, whose bodies were found in the Prince George area in 2009 and 2010.
Legebokoff is also being charged with the murder of 23-year-old Natasha Montgomery, who disappeared from the Prince George area last year.
Her body was never found.
“The victims were all mothers, very talented and very loving ladies,” RCMP Insp. Brendan Fitzpatrick says. “They come from extended families that miss them tremendously.”
Legebokoff is already in custody awaiting trial for the murder of 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie.
Leslie’s body was found off a logging road near Vanderhoof in November, 2010.
Leslie’s girlfriend, 16-year-old Charity Funk, says they had to endure a lot of insults because of their same-sex relationship, but neither of them cared.
Funk says it’s been difficult since Loren was murdered, but she’s thankful more charges have been laid against Legebokoff.
“There are so many different things to think that never really left my head, but now I can finally let it go,” she says. “I want to talk to [the families of the other victims] because maybe we can help each other somehow.”
She plans on attending Legebokoff’s trial next month.
Maas’ family is hoping the high profile of this will prompt people to pay attention to human rights issues involving vulnerable women in Canada.
“Cindy was a social victim of disability, ethnicity, class, gender as well as suffering the greatest indignity as a victim of murder. She is a poster child for vulnerability in our society,” her family said in a written statement.
“We would like Canada to strengthen the human rights of women, to provide policies and legislation that protect the vulnerable in our society. We are asking those in leadership to increase the funding for victims of violence, mental health and addictions.”
Fitzpatrick says these four murder investigations are not linked to the disappearances of several women along BC’s infamous “Highway of Tears.”
“When we engaged into this investigation and our victims were discovered we were very cognizant of the Highway of Tears investigation,” Fitzpatrick said. “We do the necessary investigation to make sure there is or is not a connection. At this point I can tell you there is no connection between [that investigation] and Mr. Legebokoff.”
Fitzpatrick says the investigation is a long way from over.
Police believe Legebokoff met women online using the nickname “1countryboy.” His Nexopia profile has been frozen, but part of it can still be seen. It includes lyrics to the country song “Backwoods” by Justin Moore.
Legebokoff lived in Lethbridge, Alberta for a short time between June, 2008 and August, 2009.
Police are asking anyone who came into contact with him during that period to contact them on a special tip line: 1-877-987-8477 (TIPS).
The RCMP media release can be viewed here.