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Police still looking for killer, 44 years after the murder of Karen Woodcock

PETERBOROUGH-For Kelly Vaine, Canada’s birthday is not a day of celebration. It’s the day her mother was found murdered. Vaine was just 13 years old at the time.

Karen Anne WOODCOCK was last seen shortly before 4:30am on July 01, 1973 in the area of Parkhill Road and Reid Street in the City of Peterborough. Later that morning, on a quiet stretch of Villiers Line, in the former Township of Otonabee, the mother of seven was found murdered.

Her killer has never been arrested and this homicide remains unsolved.

Criminal Investigators with the Peterborough County OPP continue to follow all leads in relation to this cold case. This investigation remains active and continues under the direction of Detective Inspector Rob Hagerman of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

They are offering a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Woodcock’s death.

If you have information about the Karen Woodcock homicide, please contact Detective Constable Tracy KATZ at the Peterborough County OPP (705) 742-0401, the Provincial Communication Centre (PCC) (888) 310-1122 or Crime Stoppers (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.


  1. The Plan

    She had a plan for her children and her life, to be a great Mom and a true loving wife. She used to braid our hair just right and tuck us in our beds at night. Us kids would laugh and run and play, we learned how to love every minute of the day. We were taught to appreciate and be grateful for each other, So Lord, what was the plan in taking our Mother?
    She taught us to be kind to all that is living and in all ways and always to be forgiving. We’re trying our best Mom, you would be proud, but we’re still stuck under a big dark cloud. Our time together was cut far to short, the person who killed you has never been to court. The seven of us wouldn’t want another, So Lord, what was the plan on taking our Mother?
    It has been so long since we’ve seen her smile, but for 44 years she’s been felt every mile. Wishing she were here just won’t make it so and sometimes the tears, they just seem to flow. We go on with our lives trying to think of the good, but sometimes its hard to be as positive as we should. We get the significance in taking Jesus, our brother, So Lord, what was the plan in taking our Mother?
    The positive impact she had on us all, has never been forgotten even when we fall. She taught us to bring out the sun through the rain, just another moment when we think of her again. We teach our children instilled morals we remember, with her fire, her spirit, her every ember. Our family has stuck through thick and through thin, Oh my goodness thats it, we all do win. We are all one and should be here for each other, So Lord, Thanks for the plan in giving us our Mother!!

    Still in Limbo

    Kerry Long (nee Woodcock)

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