Armstrong murder case generates tips

Police officers issue public appeal for information into death of Taylor Van Diest

  • Nov. 19, 2011 4:00 p.m.
RCMP continue to seek public information into the death of Taylor Van Diest in Armstrong Oct. 31.

RCMP continue to seek public information into the death of Taylor Van Diest in Armstrong Oct. 31.

The RCMP continue to seek public assistance to solve an Armstrong murder case.

Taylor Van Diest, 18,  died Oct. 31 as a result of injuries sustained along the rail tracks at Rosedale Avenue. Police investigators have been seeking a suspect in the homicide since that time.

“The dedicated tip line remains activated and we again urge anyone with information regarding Taylor’s homicide to please contact investigators via this phone line,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, with the RCMP.

“We have received upwards of 50 tips to date and still want to hear from anyone with information to come forward. If you have any information, please call 1-888-688-4264,” said Moskaluk.

Approximately 30 investigators, led by the Southeast District major crimes unit, continue their investigative efforts at the Vernon and Armstrong detachments.

In addition to resources from the local detachments and the Southeast District MCU, specialists from the E  Division major crimes unit and the E Division behavioral science group remain actively involved.

“Investigators have not received any further communications in any form from the author of the letter received Nov. 9 at the Armstrong detachment,” said Moskaluk.

The anonymous letter writer claimed to be responsible for the death of Van Diest and suggested possible further violence against women.