ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – Her daughter’s partially decomposed body was found on the Matsqui reserve more than 36 years ago and today a mother from Abbotsford can offer a sizeable reward in the murder.
A stranger has written a cheque in the girl’s name and Shari Greer is overwhelmed by the kindness.
Her daughter Kathryn-Mary Herbert was last seen riding a bike on Townline Road with a friend on September 24, 1975. “Kathryn-Mary was 11 years old when she disappeared and she was found just after her twelfth birthday,” Greer says.
Decades later, Greer says something happened out of the blue. “I received an anonymous donation for $10,000 for a reward in Kathryn-Mary’s case.”
She hopes it brings answers.
“She loved to sing, and she had a beautiful voice. She could play piano by ear and anything she heard she could sit down and play.”
Clues have never panned out. The owner of a suspicious white American-made vehicle was never found but witnesses spotted it parked near the area where Herbert was last seen.
Police have gone over evidence repeatedly and have even interviewed former case investigators but have not gotten any closer to finding the killer. They have persons of interest but can’t even be sure the person responsible is still alive. Greer is certain someone who knows something, is.
RCMP Inspector Gary Shinkaruk says cold cases have been known to be solved 30 or more years later. He says sometimes people have changes of affection after such periods of time and decide to come forward.