8 years later, Lisa Dudley’s family still waits for promised coroners’ inquest
Eight years after the BC Coroners Service said it would hold an inquest into the shooting deaths of a Mission couple, the family of one of the victims is still waiting, they said.
Lisa Dudley and Guthrie McKay were shot in a semi-rural home in Mission in 2008.
Questions remain over why Mounties responding to a shots fired call that night never exited their cars to investigate the home or speak with neighbours.
It was four days later when McKay’s body was found by a neighbour; Dudley was paralyzed and bleeding and died not long after that in hospital.
Her stepfather Mark Surakka said the family was promised an inquest in the wake of the tragedy, but that the years since have just started to pile up.
“In 2010 they went public and promised one, I think that was due to the amount of public interest and pressure put on them by the media, so it’s moved on and on and we still haven’t received a final date,” he said.
Even more frustrating than the wait has been the lack of communication from officials, he added.
“We just have to check the online coroners service date for an inquest, so we’re hoping to hear from them and that’s just an ongoing part because there’s so many parts to this case that haven’t been resolved yet,” he said.
An attempt by the family to sue the RCMP for negligence was thrown out of court last week when a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled it had been filed too late.
Four men were convicted in the slayings, which the court heard were over a marijuana grow up.
Three were found guilty on charges of first-degree murder, while the fourth pleaded guilty to a single of conspiracy to commit murder.
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