June 11, 2019 6:00 am
Updated: June 13, 2019 10:22 am

Crime Beat podcast: Sarah Rae, daddy’s little girl

Sarah Rae hugged her father Gord Rae on his birthday in 2006.

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On this episode of Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells the story of an unbreakable bond between a Calgary father and daughter.

Sarah Rae was Gord Rae’s only child. In his eyes, the sun would rise and set on her.

“Parents couldn’t ask for a better child,” Gord said.

Their special daddy-daughter bond only grew as Sarah got older.

Then, on Aug. 3, 2008, a stranger showed up at Gord’s doorstep.

It was a Calgary police homicide detective.

Sarah, 24, had been murdered.

“As a parent, you imagine if something horrible happened to your kids… but when it happens, it’s a thousand times worse than you ever imagined,” Gord said.

Sarah’s boyfriend, Travis Martel, found her body in the home he shared with his mother. He told police he owed a large gambling debt and that’s likely why Sarah was killed.

Follow the twists and turns, including the shocking discovery of a graphic and disturbing video that led police to solve the case.

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“It’s so hard to understand how anybody could do that to anyone else,” Gord said.

The story of Sarah Rae, daddy’s little girl, is available now in episode nine of Crime Beat.

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