VPD hoping for tips in 2 cold cases involving murders of women

Vancouver Police are looking for any information in two cold cases.

The body of 28-year-old Chantel Gillade was found in a downtown Vancouver alley in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 1995.

She was wrapped in a blue tarp and a maroon-coloured blanket.

Investigators learned that she was last seen getting into a black pick-up truck with a canopy, believed to have been a 1989 Chevrolet. It had tinted windows and a distinctive red stripe painted on the sides of the canopy.

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At the time of her death, Chantel was going through gender reassignment surgery. She was 5’11” and about 150 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black, double-breasted blazer, a black mini-skirt, black stockings and black heels.

In a separate case, Mary O’Donnell was heading home just after midnight on July 28, 1988, when she was robbed and beaten to death on the grounds of Templeton High School. The petite 53-year-old had lived alone since losing her husband of 14 years to a heart attack the year before. She also struggled with mental illness.

Both cases have now been added to the department’s cold case website, dedicated to generating tips to solve these crimes.

Since the site launched two years ago, investigators have received 72 tips, but none have led to solving one of the 15 cold cases currently featured on it.

“In most of these cases, there is at least one person out there who knows something,” said Cst. Brian Montague in a release. “They may not even realize they’re holding an important piece of information in their memory. Sometimes that little piece of information is all we need to crack open a case and solve it.”

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