Murdered Island teen probably knew her killers, police say

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VICTORIA – The brutal murder of Kimberly Proctor, an 18-year-old from Langford whose charred body was found near the Galloping Goose Trall was not a random crime, police said Thursday.

Cpl. Darren Lagan, RCMP Island district spokesman, said police have identified a number of suspects, but declined to say how many and would not name them. He said investigators are confident they have gathered most of the evidence needed, but would not speculate on how close police are to making arrests. She likely knew her killers, he said.

“There is a large difference between being a suspect and being arrestable and being able to prosecute somebody in the courts,” he said. “We are still at that in-between phase.”

Proctor’s burned body was found March 19 on a rock ledge next to Millstream Creek under the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, a place popular with local youth. She was last seen at the Station Avenue bus interchange 36 hours earlier.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, investigators executed a search warrant at a one-storey house with a tidy garden on Happy Valley Road in Langford. Police stressed the search was only part of a much larger and complex investigation.

Neighbours said a woman and her teenage son live at the house.

Lagan said police expect to be at the house for several days. He said investigators are primarily interested in objects inside the house and not the residents, but they are connected to the investigation.

The house is a short walk to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, the site of two searches connected to Proctor’s death – one on March 19 when her body was found, and again on March 31, when police divers searched Glen Lake, which is along the Galloping Goose.

Lagan would not disclose whether police think Proctor’s killers travelled along the trail, which is largely shielded from view by trees and shrubbery.

He said more searches could take place as the investigation unfolds.

Police believe people who were part of Proctor’s social circle have been holding back information. Lagan said some have already been interviewed by police, while others have not, but police are aware of them.

“The information is going to come out, and it best come from them,” said Lagan. “We need to ask them to think of Kimberly’s family and to think of her mother and father.”

Reached at her home, Proctor’s mother Lucy was upset. “How do you think I feel when [my] daughter’s been brutally murdered?” she said in a brief conversation.

The teen attended Pacific Secondary School in the Sooke school district.

A team of 40 investigators from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit, E Division Serious Crime Unit, the West Shore RCMP and other specialized support sections and agencies have been working on the case since Proctor’s death.

“[It’s] the highest-priority file on Vancouver Island, and I dare say one of the highest priority within the province,” said Lagan.

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