Reward offered in investigation of 1975 murder

The body of Kathryn-Mary Herbert, 11, was found near Harris Road in Abbotsford.

Kathryn-Mary Herbert

Kathryn-Mary Herbert

The family of a girl who was murdered in Abbotsford in 1975 has offered a $10,000 private reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

Kathryn-Mary Herbert, 11, was last seen in the area of Townline and Marshall roads on Sept. 24, 1975, after a friend, whom she ran into while walking home from another friend’s, doubled her part-way home on his bicycle and dropped her off.

Her partially decomposed body was found on Nov. 17 of that year near Harris Road in an undeveloped area of the Matsqui First Nations. An autopsy confirmed her death was a homicide.

Despite extensive investigation and reviews over the years, police have not been able to solve the case and are urging anyone with information to step forward.

Kathryn-Mary’s mother, Shari Greer, speaking at a press conference in Vancouver, said she has been “relentlessly pursuing the case and trying to find answers” for many years. She said the $10,000 reward came in the form of an anonymous donation.

“Someone knows what happened and who did this to Kathryn-Mary. I hope that with the passage of time this person will come forward and call the police with any information they may have,” she said.

Witnesses reported seeing a suspicious white older-model American-made vehicle, occupied by a lone male, on the day that Kathryn-Mary went missing in the area between her home and where she was dropped off by her friend.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-877-543-4822 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.