Natasha Montgomery’s family held a smudge ceremony Monday at the house where RCMP believe the woman was murdered.
And they issued a plea for anyone with information about her, or her accused killer Cody Legebokoff, to tell police. Legebokoff was charged with her murder, although her body has not been found. He is also facing murder charges in connection with the deaths of Jill Stuchenko, Loren Leslie, and Cynthia Maas.
“Today we came here to pray and smudge the apartment where we lost our beloved Natasha,” the family said in a statement issued through the RCMP. “The loss of Natasha has had a very devastating impact on our family.
“It is hard enough to accept the fact she is gone, let alone not having the ability to lay her to rest. We need her back to help in our family’s healing process.
“We feel like we are being tormented …
“Her children have been emotionally scarred.
“As they grow older they will learn what has really happened to their mother.
“It’s hard to answer the questions they ask now, they know their mother has passed and that she is still missing. This is a nightmare our family is reliving on a daily basis.
“We wake up every morning wondering if today is the day she is found …
“I urge the public to come forward with any tips they have small or big on Cody’s activities prior to his arrest. No information is too small; it may lead us to Natasha!
“Our hearts go out to the Maas family, the Leslie family and the Stuchenko family.
“You are not alone in this horrifying journey we have all had to endure! No one deserves this; our loved ones didn’t deserve this!”
Legebokoff was arrested on November 27, 2010 after he was pulled over by RCMP officers from Fort St. James and Vanderhoof, which led to the discovery of Leslie’s body. Legebokoff was charged with her murder and, as a result of further investigation, was subsequently charged with three more murders.
Police are requesting the public’s assistance in finding Montgomery’s body.
“While Cody Legebokoff has been charged and will be tried for the death of Natasha, we still need to know where she is in order to give her family the dignity of a proper burial”, says Const. Lesley Smith, North District RCMP media relations officer in a press release.
“She was a beautiful, loving and caring person. Her family wants to bring her home. Anyone who may know where Natasha is needs to contact police”.
Police are asking anyone with any information to call the specially created Tip Line 1-877-987-8477 (TIPS).