The announcement by Ottawa police of "new evidence" - 11 months after the fact - in the form of a pair of sunglasses recovered from the Ardeth Wood crime scene shows just how desperate this investigation has become.
Brrrr!!! Can you feel it? The chill wind of a case blowing cold...
Police reveal new evidence in Ardeth Wood murder
OTTAWA - Ottawa police have a pair of sunglasses they believe was left at the murder scene by Ardeth Wood's killer, investigators revealed at a news conference Tuesday, hoping to generate new information in the case.
Sunglasses police believe belonged to Ardeth Wood's murderer. The release comes 11 months after the crime, with police hoping it will help them identify a suspect in the high-profile case.
On Aug. 6, 2003, an unknown attacker killed the 27-year-old philosophy student while she was biking on a wooded path in the Green's Creek area of Ottawa.
Her body was found a few days later after a search involving large numbers of volunteers, police and military.
And despite thousands of tips, police said Tuesday that they "don't have a viable suspect" nearly a year later.
In the hopes of stirring up new leads, Ardeth Wood's mother, Catherine, also made a appeal to the conscience of anyone who thinks they might know who killed her daughter.
"We believe that someone in Ottawa knows who committed this insupportable, this unconscionable crime," she said, adding that she believes her daughter's murderer will kill again if he's not caught.
Composite sketch released by police last AugustAs well, police asked for the man who phoned in a specific tip two days before the discovery of Ardeth Wood's body to contact them again.
But if moral suasion isn't enough, the police also added a $50,000 reward, one of the biggest in the city's history.
Staff Sgt. Randy Wisker says that someone in Ottawa at least has suspicions that he or she isn't sharing with police.
"A person cannot live in an urban area without anybody knowning about it," he said. "Now somebody may be holding back for whatever reason, whether it's personal, or some other connection, that's who we're appealing to."
The suspect in Wood's murder is described as a man in his 20s or early 30s, with a tattoo of a bird on his upper left arm.