The westernmost section of Highway 16 runs 725 kilometres from Prince George in the B.C. interior out to Prince Rupert on the Pacific Coast. Between 1989 and 1995 at least seven young women went missing along it. The bodies of four were later found. In years since, three more have vanished. The youngest was 14. All but one were indigenous.
Highway of Tears: The Missing, the Murdered, the Mystery will tell the stories of the girls and women who vanished from the highway from a third person, investigative reporter’s viewpoint. It will take readers to the remote place where these disappearances occurred. It will show how racism and indifference has endangered young indigenous women and how those same forces contributed to shoddy investigations and the failure to solve a single case. It will shed light on these victims’ last moments, revealing new information about what might have happened to them. It will link these cases to the larger phenomenon of missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada.
Atria / Simon & Schuster US