Police continue to investigate cold case missing person files

Julie Derouin.
Anna and Kym Hakze.
Theodore Milde.

All four are missing and have been for decades. But in missing person cases the passage of time is irrelevant. Cases will not be closed until police can determine with certainty what happened to the missing.

New evidence and leads in cold cases are infrequent and unlikely, but it’s important for the public to understand that doesn’t mean police will ever give up.

In an effort to generate new leads in an age where social media can quickly reach more people faster than ever before, police are hoping someone, somewhere has information to help close these cases.

To the missing: Julie, Anna, Kym and Theodore, if you are reading this news release, hearing your names on the news or seeing your pictures on social media sites, please contact us.

We understand you may have walked away from your lives and it is not our intention to disrupt them. We only want to confirm that you are OK. We will not disclose your current location to your family or anyone else if you do not wish for them to know. Confirmation of your well-being is all that is needed to close your case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com

Any information – no matter how insignificant it may seem – is important.

CASE #1: JULIE ANN DEROUIN:

Julie was 23 years-old when she was last seen on New Year’s Day 1980 and there have been no confirmed sightings of her since then. Today, she would be 59.

Julie was officially reported missing in June 1983. Background investigation determined that Julie moved to Lethbridge from the lower mainland of British Columbia in the latter part of 1979.  At the time, she was an associate of the now defunct Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club in BC and Washington. As the investigation progressed police received conflicting and unconfirmed reports that Julie may have returned to BC or moved to Ontario as well as reports she was the victim of a homicide.

In 1985 police obtained a warrant to search and excavate the home Julie was believed to have shared with her boyfriend but despite an exhaustive search of the property no trace of her was found. Over the years police have conducted dozens of interviews but to date officers have not been able to confirm whether Julie simply walked away from her life or is the victim of foul play.

CASE #2: ANNA EMMA HAKZE and KYM YVONNE HAKZE

    

                  (Anna)                                             (Kym)

Sisters Anna and Kym Hakze were reported missing in 2003 by their mother who hadn’t seen or heard from her daughters in more than a decade. The last time the women were seen by family was in Edmonton in the mid-1980s. At the time eldest sister Anna was estranged from her family and struggling financially but the sisters were inseparable and even though Kym was on good terms with the family the pair disappeared together and haven’t had any contact with relatives since.

Anna was 43 and Kym was 29 at the time of their disappearance. Today they would be 65 and 51, respectively.

Over the years police have investigated a number of tips and leads, but the women have never been located. Familial DNA was even submitted during the Robert Pickton investigation for testing against samples police recovered from his Port Coquitlam farm but there were no matches. To date there have been no confirmed sightings of Anna or Kym Hakze and police do not know if the women walked away from their lives in Lethbridge or are victims of foul play.

CASE #3: THEODORE MURRAY MILDE

Theodore Milde was reported missing on February 18, 1993 after a friend found a note along with Milde’s keys inside his mailbox. The note indicated where Milde’s vehicle could be found and directed his friend to attend his home to pick up some property he wanted him to have. Police subsequently searched the residence and found several other notes. Milde’s vehicle was later located on 28 Street North just outside the city limits – exactly where he said it would be. Footprints in the snow led into the coulees. In the days and weeks that followed, police conducted extensive searches in the river valley and surrounding area, but no trace of Milde has ever been found.

Milde has had no further contact with family or friends since his disappearance in 1993 and while evidence suggests he may have taken his own life, his body has never been recovered.

**Staff Sgt. Scott Woods will be available for interviews today at the police station at 11 a.m. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews**