RCMP continue investigation of 26-year-old murder case

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST Someone out there may know who killed Sadie Rogers a quarter century ago and RCMP want to speak to that person.

With the arrival of the 26th anniversary of the 1981 slaying of the 80-year-old Cordova Street resident, RCMP are continuing to investigate the murder in hopes of someday closing the books on the cold case.

Const. Geordie Matthews of the Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit said past media coverage of the murder has generated a number of tips and progress continues to be made, but police are still seeking missing pieces of the puzzle.

Were encouraging the public to pass on any information they may have, no matter how trivial, Matthews said.

One tip of particular interest was received from an anonymous letter writer who has forwarded several letters over the years, including to the Amherst Daily News. Matthews is reaching out in hopes the person writing the letters will contact him.

We are urging the author of those letters to contact me directly. Their identity will be protected, he said. Investigators are aware that most tips police receive are passed on in confidence, and thus conduct investigations discreetly with sensitivity to privacy issues.

Matthews said investigations homicide investigations are like a puzzle and what may appear to be an insignificant piece of information may prove valuable.

Rogers lived alone in her Amherst home. She was never married and worked for most of her life as a housekeeper. She was well known in her neighbourhood and was last seen alive on Sept. 26, 1981.

Neighbours grew concerned they had not seen her and contacted Amherst police on Oct. 2. Police went to Rogers residence and found her body in an upstairs bedroom, the victim of multiple stab wounds.

Anyone with information related to the investigation can contact Matthews at 661-6452 or 664-4411. If callers would like to remain anonymous and earn a cash award between $50 and $2,000, they can call Crimestoppers anytime at 1-800-222-8477. Calls to Crimestoppers are not taped or traced and no one will ask a caller to identify him or herself.


Organizations: RCMP, Amherst Daily News

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cordova Street

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