Canada Washington State police to reveal new suspect details in 1987 murder of Victoria couple

21:06  11 april  2018
21:06  11 april  2018 Source:   Vancouver Sun

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Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg were murdered after travelling to Washington state in 1987 . The Snohomish County Sheriffs Department will hold a press conference Wednesday to discuss new evidence in the murders of the Victoria couple .

Jay Cook (1967 or 1968- 1987 ) and Tanya van Cuylenborg (1969- 1987 ) were a Canadian couple from Victoria , British Columbia, who were murdered while on a trip to Seattle, Washington , United States in November 1987 . Their murder remains unsolved.

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EVERETT, WASHINGTON — For more than 30 years, the families of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook have waited for answers in their unsolved murders.

The young Victoria-area couple was visiting Washington State in November 1987 when they were found slain in two separate locations.

Today, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office plans to release new information about a suspect in the brutal killings of Van Cuylenborg, 18, and Cook, 20.

Relatives of the young victims will be on hand for the news conference in Everett, north of Seattle.

The new suspect information comes from DNA technology called Snapshot DNA phenotyping.

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Washington state police to unveil ' new suspect information' in cold case of Tanya van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook. 20, 1987 , after taking the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, Wash. on what was supposed to be an overnight trip to Seattle.

Two years after the terrible crime, investigators provided details of the case to a Province reporter.

The Oak Bay Secondary grads left their Victoria homes on Nov. 18, 1987, for a trip to Seattle. They were driving a brown 1977 Ford window van owned by Cook’s dad. They crossed the Juan de Fuca strait to Port Angeles by ferry.

The plan was to buy furnace parts for Cook’s family business, sleep in the van near the former Kingdome stadium, then travel back to Canada the next day.

The couple bought a ticket for the Bremerton-Seattle ferry and are believed to have gotten on the boat. But they never arrived at their Seattle meeting.

And they were never seen alive again.

A missing person report was filed two days later.

On Nov. 24, a man walking on an isolated road near Alger, south of Bellingham, discovered Van Cuylenborg’s body in a roadside ditch.

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Real Names: Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg Nicknames: No known nicknames Location: Seattle, Washington Date: November 18, 1987 . Details : Twenty-year-old Jay Cook and seventeen-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg were residents of Victoria , Canada who traveled to Seattle

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She had been sexually assaulted and shot in the head.

A day later near a Bellingham pub, police found some surgical gloves and unused bullets they believed were linked to the murders, as well as several pieces of Van Cuylenborg’s identification.

Nearby police found their locked van. Plastic binding ties the killer had used to tie up his victims were scattered around the van.

Cook’s battered body was found the next day in the bushes by the side of a bridge near Monroe, southwest of Bellingham.

He was covered by a tattered light-blue blanket.

Over the years, police have had promising leads in the case.

In 1990, a lens from Van Cuylenborg’s camera was found in a Portland, Oregon pawn shop.

In 2000, police suspected a serial killer who had been arrested and convicted in other murders, might be behind their deaths. But he was later cleared.

The murders were featured on the U.S. TV show Unsolved Mysteries. But still no arrest.

In 2015, a $25,000 reward was offered for information that would solve the case.

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