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Release statements from families of four Calgary victims of suspected American serial killer

The families of four Calgary women believed to have been victims of a U.S. serial killer have issued statements honoring their loved ones and thanking investigators.

At a news conference in Edmonton on Friday, police said Eva Dvorak, 14; Patricia McQueen; 14, Melissa Rehorek 20; and Barbara MacLean, 19, were murdered in the 1970s by Gary Allen Srery.

Each family issued a statement to police, which was then shared with the media. All of the families thanked investigators for giving them closure and identifying a suspect in their deaths.

The McQueen family says Patsy, as she is affectionately called, would have turned 62 today. She was one of 11 children in her family.

“Without them today we would still not know what happened to our sister Patsy (Patricia) and her friend Eva. “We will always be grateful and thankful that they never gave up on the girls,” the statement said, adding that it has been 48 years since she was taken from them.

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“As the years went by, we thought we would never in our lives find out what happened on that terrible day, but we never gave up hope that one day we would know the answers and finally have some comfort and closure. “

The McQueen family said Patsy was a typical teenager, full of life, adventure and curiosity. She loved sports, music, singing and dancing, her family said.

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“She made us all laugh in one way or another at ourselves or at each other. She was very strong and independent at 14 years old. “She couldn’t wait until she was old enough to travel and see the world, but an evil monster took away all her hopes and dreams,” they said, adding that they wondered if she had already been a grandmother.

“Patsy… We love you and miss you and you will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace now our beautiful sister.”

At a news conference in Edmonton on Friday, police said Eva Dvorak, 14, Patricia McQueen, 14, Melissa Rehorek, 20, and Barbara MacLean, 19, were murdered in the 1970s by Gary Allen Srery.

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The Dvorak family says the news helped provide answers and closure to the 14-year-old’s murder.

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The family said Eva’s “bright smile and cheerful personality were infectious and lit up any room” and that she was loved and appreciated by her family and everyone who knew her.

“When Eva was around, we couldn’t sit still, we always danced and sang at any time of the day. “She enjoyed spending time with her sisters and cousins ​​while she swam, roller-skated and ice-skated,” they said. “She is truly loved and greatly missed.”

The Rehorek family statement shared that Melissa was a “fun-loving, adventurous and hard-working person” and trustworthy person.

“He liked to travel to Banff because of his love of nature, but also because of his curiosity to know Canada.”

The MacLean family said “the pain of losing Barbara so tragically has been a constant presence” in their lives for almost 50 years.

“But recent events have finally given us answers to the questions we have had to live with all these years,” they said, offering their condolences to the other three families.

“We are four families who share a connection of the worst kind: one of pain, grief and suffering for many years. We hope that we can all find some peace in the days ahead. It is thanks to the relentless pursuit of justice by law enforcement agencies and the remarkable advances in forensic genetic genealogy that a resolution has been reached for these four historic cases.”

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At a police news conference in Edmonton on Friday, Supt. David Hall, the officer in charge of the Alberta RCMP’s serious crimes section, said that for 40 years, the team did not give up in its quest to identify those responsible for the murders.

“Identifying the perpetrator does not bring back Eva, Patsy, Melissa or Barbara. However, we are hopeful that families can finally have some answers about what happened to their loved ones all those years ago,” he added.

The families have asked not to be contacted for further information or comment. During this difficult time, they request privacy.

— with files from Morgan Black and Phil Heidenreich, Global News

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