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Story of Helen Gillings

The body of 19-year-old Helen Gillings was found under a couch in an alley on King Street in Hamilton on Feb. 17, 1995.


She was last seen alive at 1 a.m. the day before, entering the alley with a man. Police say she was working in the sex trade and was known in the area where she was found.


In Feb. 2018, Hamilton police Staff Sgt. Dave Oleniuk said it’s a cold case, but they’re still reviewing the case to see if there’s anything more that can be done. The same month there was a vigil for her, after 23 years.


Police have a $10,000 reward for information. Oleniuk believes that the person responsible is looking over their shoulder and will be found.