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Story of Carol Ruby Davis

Carol Ruby Davis was a mother of two and a sister to seven siblings. She was 28 years old when she was found in a ditch in suburban Burnaby, British Columbia on June 27, 1987. Local media reported she was stabbed several times at another location, then dumped. The Burnaby RCMP continue to investigate. The homicide remains unsolved.

When Lori Davis is reminded of her sister, Carol Davis, she often thinks of how the young woman always wanted what was best for her son.

“She wanted to be such a loving mom. She tried really hard to be that and I think that’s the memories her son has of her too,” Lori said.

“When she did have money, she would come by and take him places … she would be so generous to a fault to help with her boy.”

Carol was born in Haida Gwaii. She was the fourth child of eight children.

Lori says Carol liked to be alone and she believes it had to do with their upbringing.

Her parents divorced and her mother remarried. And the family relocated to Vancouver.

Lori says this is where trouble started for her and Carol.

Carol was only 16 when she had her first child. She was under care of B.C.’s ministry of child welfare at the time, so Lori raised her son.

Carol later had a daughter who was raised by the birth father.

On June 27, 1987 she was found stabbed to death in Burnaby, B.C. Local media at the time reported she was stabbed several times at another location and then dumped in a ditch close to Wiggins Avenue, near Marine Way and Byrne Road.

The Burnaby RCMP continues to investigate and Lori keeps in touch with the officers on her sister’s case.

“Since she died, they’re practically the only people who’s ever asked me about her, ever,” Lori said.

Lori is torn in relation to the handling of her sister’s case. She values the relationship she’s built with the current investigators but the fact it remains unsolved 28 years later speaks for itself.

“I think they should have searched some more. At the time, it didn’t seem like they were doing a lot to investigate.”

When it comes to a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls the Davis family does not support it.

For Lori the focus is on getting her sister recognized as one of the hundreds of unsolved cases.


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