This is Coreen Thomas, an indigenous woman from the Stoney Creek Reserve in British Columbia. There are no photographs of Coreen, but she deserves to have her story told regardless.

The 21 year old was pregnant and about to have a child when she was struck and killed by a truck on July 3rd, 1976. Coreen was walking on the side of a highway known as "the Highway of Tears" due to the disproportionate amount of indigenous women who have been murdered and placed there or have disappeared from it. The man who hit her, Richard Redekop, was not charged despite witnesses saying that Redekop swerved to hit Coreen. 

Coreen's father tried to press criminal negligence charges against Redekop, but those too were dismissed. Articles at the time called it a "tragic coincidence" and suggested she was playing chicken with cars and they fretted over "outside agitators" and "troublemakers" at the reserve creating issues in the nearby white town of Vanderhoof. 

As if this wasn't unjust enough, Redekop's younger brother killed Coreen's cousin on the same highway 10 years before. 

The true crime genre often ignores murdered and missing indigenous women and it needs to stop. We need to start caring about these women like we do about young white girls who go missing. Why aren't we talking about these cold cases? What do we know about killers? Where there’s no oversight or governmental care, they are there. 

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