Feeling of safety returns to Herschel 3 years after Carol King murder
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HERSCHEL, Sask. – Three years after a murder in rural Saskatchewan, the spotlight is slowly fading.
Forty-year-old Carol King, originally from Newfoundland, was last seen alive on Aug. 6, 2011 at her home near the village of Herschel Sask.
Today, there’s still no indication RCMP are any closer to cracking the case.
“I can’t comment on where we are today compared to three years ago,” said RCMP Cpl. Greg Holmberg, the lead investigator in the case.
“All I can say is that it is a priority and we’re following up on information when it comes in.”
Four days after King went missing, her grey PT Cruiser was found in a slough. King’s body was discovered later that month at an abandoned farm, owned by Greg Martin.
“Every time I do go into that yard, I do think about Carol King,” said Martin, who added conversations about King are now infrequent among locals.
A new family has moved into King’s former home.
Four months after her death, King’s home was found ablaze. RCMP say the fire is being investigated separately.
Meanwhile, family members long for closure. Sister Brenda King, who lives in Nova Scotia, was raw with emotion when contacted by phone Wednesday.
“My mom and dad are still no better than they were three years ago. Time hasn’t changed anything, time hasn’t healed anything because there’s no answers,” she said.
A church memorial service was held Wednesday in King’s hometown of Mattis Point, Newfoundland. Family also ask anyone who knew King to light a candle today in her memory.
Concern in Herschel has faded.
“That first year, there were doors locked in this community that had never been locked,” said Martin.
According to him, that’s no longer the case and a comfortable feeling of safety has returned to Herschel and the surrounding rural community.
What happened in 2011 remains a mystery.
Charges have never been laid, suspects never named but RCMP call the case active and say it’s progressing.
Anniversary dates in murder cases commonly see more calls and tips coming in and RCMP want to remind the public to report any information to Crime Stoppers.