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2 teens found, 1 still missing


Kamloops RCMP report both Sydney Beckley, 17, and Susan Clark, 16, have been found safe and sound. 

However, 16-year-old Shelby Copping is still missing.

She was reported missing by her family Sept. 30. Copping is described as follows:

  • Five feet 10 inches tall
  • Approximately 155 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Green eyes

Copping has been seen in the Kamloops area, however, police and family have not been able to confirm her well-being.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of either girl is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.


Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating two teenage girls reported missing over the past several days.

Sydney Beckley, 17, was reported missing on Sept. 25. She is described as follows:

  • Caucasian female
  • Five feet nine inches tall
  • 104 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Green eyes

Also missing is 16-year-old Shelby Copping. She was reported missing by her family Sept. 30. Copping is described as follows:

  • Five feet 10 inches tall
  • Approximately 155 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Green eyes

Copping has been seen in the Kamloops area, however, police and family have not been able to confirm her well-being.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of either girl is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

RCMP also stated Susan Clark, 16, reported missing a week ago, has been located safe and sound.

CJ's calm reaction: ER doc

An emergency room doctor who told a 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend that she was pregnant hours before she was found dead says he was amazed at the couple's calm reaction.

"She was not upset or distraught," Dr. Lykke Williamson told B.C. Supreme Court on Friday.

"I've given this news to a lot of girls. They're usually upset and crying."

Williamson was testifying in the second-degree murder trial of Damien Taylor, who is accused of killing CJ Fowler, his pregnant girlfriend.

Taylor, now 24, was arrested and charged a year after Fowler was found dead in the Guerin Creek area on Dec. 5, 2012.

Williamson said Fowler went to Royal Inland Hospital early that morning complaining of chest pains from crystal meth use. She'd been there for the same reason a day earlier.

Williamson said he routinely orders a pregnancy test before performing chest X-rays. The test showed she was pregnant.

He said Fowler had a slightly elevated heart rate, which is consistent with crystal meth use. There were no other symptoms, however.

Fowler was discharged at about 1:30 a.m., court heard. Medical staff told her a social worker at the hospital could get her food and a safe room for the night.

But Williamson said Fowler told medical staff that her grandmother lived in the city and that she had friends in the Guerin Creek area. She said the couple would walk there.

Dog walkers discovered Fowler's body about 12 hours later in a grassy area of the creek, with a concrete block on her chest.

A pathologist has already testified that she died of asphyxiation after her tongue became pushed back and trapped in her throat. Her jaw and face were smashed.

The jury watched the final portion of a videotaped statement Taylor made later on Dec. 5 to RCMP in Prince George. He travelled there on one of two Greyhound bus tickets bought for the couple by Fowler's stepfather.

RCMP found the other ticket ripped up in the toilet of a hotel where Taylor stayed for the night. Police also later discovered Fowler's cell phone on the roof a building beside the hotel.

Taylor sobbed through portions of the lengthy interview in which he was treated as a witness.

A nurse from the hospital has testified the couple left the hospital together after a brief argument. However, Taylor told RCMP that he was in the cafeteria and Fowler disappeared.

"I was waiting. I asked. All of a sudden, she left."

Taylor said he assumed his girlfriend was arrested by RCMP because she was arguing with a street friend in Kamloops. He said he expected police to drop her at the Greyhound station that morning but she didn't show up.

"She's the love of my life," he told Wiebe.

At the end of the interview, Wiebe asked Taylor if he killed Fowler.

Taylor denied doing that and broke down in tears.

"Who did this to my girlfriend?" he said. "I want them put away for a while. I want the truth out." 

The Canadian Press

'She was the love of my life'

A sobbing Damien Taylor recounted to RCMP, hours after his girlfriend CJ Fowler was found dead, how the two were brought to Kamloops to deal drugs.

On Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops, Crown prosecutors showed an 11-person jury a video recording taken in the Prince George RCMP detachment on the evening of Dec. 5, 2012.

Dog walkers had found CJ's body in the Guerin Creek area in Kamloops seven hours earlier.

On the video, Taylor, who is on trial for second-degree murder, told RCMP Sgt. Todd Wiebe he had last seen Fowler at the hospital in Kamloops in the late evening of Dec. 4 or in the early-morning hours of Dec. 5.

Taylor was intercepted at the Prince George Greyhound bus depot that evening and agreed to go to the detachment for questioning about an investigation in Kamloops.

"I really don't know what's going on," Taylor told Wiebe.

The RCMP member then told him Fowler was dead.

"No way – what happened?" Taylor blurted out.

Several times in the next 10 minutes on the recording, Taylor choked and broke down in tears. When Wiebe left the interview room to get a calendar, Taylor rocked in his chair and shook his head back and forth.

"She's the love of my life," he told Wiebe.

At that point, Taylor was treated as a witness by police. He wasn't arrested and charged with Fowler's murder until a year later.

In its opening when the trial began on Monday, the Crown said Fowler was last seen in the early morning hours of Dec. 5 with Taylor at the hospital. The two were told she was pregnant. Tests later showed Taylor was the father.

They were seen arguing as they left the hospital.

On Thursday, a forensic pathologist told the jury Fowler died of asphyxiation, likely from her tongue being pushed back and trapped in her airway. She suffered a crushed skull and facial damage. A concrete block was found on top of her body.

The Crown also suggested one of her facial injuries could have come from a mechanic's tool found in Taylor's backpack. That tool had Fowler's DNA signature on it.

Wiebe asked Taylor, now 24, to recount the four or five days the pair had been in Kamloops.

"Everything was going wrong," Taylor said as he sobbed.

Taylor said a man he identified as "James" bought the pair bus tickets to come to Kamloops from Terrace, where they were staying with CJ's stepfather.

Taylor said James and his girlfriend soon began to pressure them to sell drugs, claiming the girlfriend forced Fowler to do crystal meth.

"She wanted us to hustle and we didn't want to do it," Taylor said.

The trial continues.

The Canadian Press

Dog led him to body

The trial of a man charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend has heard that a dog came across the teen's body.

Kyle Kuzyk told B.C. Supreme Court that his dog led him to CJ Fowler's body near a trail at about 1 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2012.

Kuzyk said he thought he was looking at a pile of clothes but quickly realized it was a First Nations girl clad in a tank top with clothes around her. There was a concrete block on her chest, he told the jury.

Two other people arrived and called 911.

Kuzyk was among several people who testified in the trial of 24-year-old Damien Taylor, who is charged with second-degree murder in Fowler's death.

A pathologist is expected to testify the 16-year-old girl died of asphyxiation.

Court has heard that Fowler was at Royal Inland Hospital in the early hours of Dec. 5 complaining of chest pains from drug use. It was there that an emergency doctor told her and Taylor that she was pregnant.

DNA testing later confirmed Taylor was the father.

Prosecutor Alexandra Janse has said the Crown will show video of the two arguing when they left the hospital and that a witness will testify that she heard the argument.

Fowler last texted her stepfather at about 3 a.m. that morning.

Following her death, Taylor caught the noon bus north toward Terrace and was questioned by police in Prince George, where RCMP put him up in a hotel.

Police searched his room and found socks with Fowler's blood on them, the trial has heard.

The Canadian Press

Don't speed with weed

A speeding driver picked the wrong time to put the pedal to the metal.

Kamloops RCMP pulled over the speeder shortly after 3 a.m. today on the Trans-Canada Highway near Peterson Creek Bridge.

A strong odour of marijuana inside the vehicle led the arresting officer to discover 75 pounds of the drug stashed in two hockey bags.

Police are recommending charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking against the 58-year-old male driver.

The investigation continues, said Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Cheryl Bush.

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