Hoping the public can help end the “continuing heartache” felt by her siblings, RCMP have put out a call for tips in the 1976 homicide of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found south of Edmonton.
Marie Judy Goudreau’s body was found in the evening Aug. 4, 1976, in a water-filled ditch on a rural property about three kilometres north of Devon near Hwy. 60. The grim discovery followed nearly two full days of searching sparked by the discovery of her abandoned car along a stretch of Range Road 244 near what’s now Ellerslie Road.
“Marie, our 17 year old sister was a very bright lovable and vibrant teenager who had just graduated from high school in 1976,” her sister Monique said in a video released Thursday by RCMP.
“She had secured a summer job and looked forward to a career in law enforcement. But her dreams and potential were stolen from her.”
The blue Plymouth Cricket was spotted about 11 p.m. on Aug. 2, in the southbound lane of the road, still running, the door ajar, and the driver’s window rolled down, Mounties said in a Thursday release.
“Leduc RCMP searched the vehicle and located a brown leather purse with money inside, a pair of sandals and a mahogany colored leather coat folded neatly on the back seat—all determined to belong to Marie,” RCMP Said.
“The officers did not see any evidence of a criminal act, but learned that Marie had not returned home.”
A ground and air search of the area proved fruitless, as there was no indication Goudreau had entered the surrounding fields. Police at the time felt Goudreau could have been lured from her car, either by someone known to her, or someone pretending they needed help.
Tracing her whereabouts leading up to her disappearance, police learned that she had dropped a girlfriend off at the Edmonton Industrial Airport (later known as the City Centre Airport) a couple of hours earlier before going to visit two other girlfriends at their Edmonton apartment.
Police say that at about 10:30, she left for the family farm in Beaumont, saying she had to work early the next morning. That was the last time anyone saw her alive.
“She was taken so suddenly and in such a violent manner,” Monique Goudreau said in her video.
“Sadly, 45 years have gone by, our parents have since passed and her murder remains an unsolved cold case. Marie’s death is a continuing heartache, and she is still very much missed by her seven siblings.”
A search of the scene where Goudreau’s body was found led police to determine her brown slacks and navy ankle socks were missing, and they have never been recovered.
Police say they received more than 600 tips in 1976 and 1977, and the case was reviewed by homicide investigators looking into a series of deaths of women in the Edmonton region whose bodies were found in surrounding rural areas. But as the 45th anniversary of her death, Goudreau’s case remains unsolved.
“On this 45th anniversary of her death, please help the police solve this great injustice and help us bring closure to our family,” Monique Goudreau said.
“Someone must know something. If you have any information to share, even a possible small detail, could make a difference in solving Marie’s murder.”
RCMP ask anyone with information to call Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7200 or your local police agency.