The brother of a man murdered on the Sugar Cane Reserve three years ago is making a public appeal in the hope that someone will come forward with new information necessary to solve the crime.
“I’m just hoping that we can have this story out in the public once again,” said Lloyd (Sandy) Gilbert, the brother of murder victim, Gerald Randall Supernault.
“It’s been three years since we found his remains and there hasn’t been that much information we’ve received from the RCMP indicating any charges forthcoming.”
According to published media reports, Gerald Supernault, 37, was last seen leaving the Toosey Reserve wearing black pants, black shorts and hiking boots around Aug. 7 or 8, 2008.
On Oct. 5 Supernault’s body was found on the Sugarcane Reserve, 12 kilometres south of Williams Lake. Ground and aerial searches were initiated for Supernault after he was reported missing Aug. 22
Autopsy results revealed that Supernault had been the victim of foul play.
Three years on Gilbert says the family is coping but that it’s been hard.
“We were able to keep ourselves busy over the first year in planning a memorial for him and putting up a headstone,” he says. “… then going on from there has been a lot more difficult.”
He says the situation is made worse by rumours that circulate about Supernault’s death. Sometimes he worries for his safety given that his brother’s killer(s) remain free and in light of some of the information he’s received from others.
“It’s really scary, to think that the person responsible is still out there. I would be concerned within the city of Williams Lake that this has happened and it should be a concern to citizens of Williams Lake. I am concerned in my own community that someone is at large.”
At this point, says Gilbert, it’s hard to move beyond grieving because the family has had no closure.
This past August was the most difficult for him, he says, as it was the same month three years ago that he last saw his brother alive.
In 2009 RCMP appealed to the public for information on the death. The Williams Lake RCMP say the investigation remains active and tips from the public are welcome.