The murder case of Karina Wolfe is similar to that of another Saskatoon woman.
Police said they don’t think Wolfe and her accused killer Jerry Constant knew each other or had any kind of relationship prior to her disappearance five years ago. Constant led police to the area where Wolfe’s body was found.
Daleen Bosse also had no prior relationship with her killer, Douglas Hales. Bosse went missing in 2004 and Hales was charged after confessing to the murder to undercover officers and leading them to where he dumped the body north of the city.
Hales was also found guilty of second-degree murder and offering indignity to human remains; the same charges levied against Constant.
Bosse’s mother Pauline Muskego said she knows the pain Wolfe’s mother Carol is feeling since learning of her daughter’s death.
“It’s just like you’re walking in a dream and you’re hoping that you’ll wake up from this nightmare, but no. It’s real life,” she said.
Muskego said she’s stayed in touch with Carol through the years and met on several awareness marches.
“Imagine yourself if you have a daughter and something happened to her and she went missing,” she said. “What would you do? You’d do everything in your power to find her and hope that she’s safe, but when you hear something like this has happened to it, it’s like you’re whole world is crashing down.”
On Monday, friends and family gathered at the site where Wolfe’s body was discovered at the side of a dirt road north west of the city. Huddled in a tight circle around the stump where most of the 20-year-old’s remains were found, they stood in silent reflection. Flowers, a cross, sweet grass and tobacco were laid in a makeshift memorial in the snow.
“When you endure five years of helping the family and doing the marches and vigils, you develop a similar agony and compassion towards what the family is going though,” Women Walking Together co-chair Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte said. “Being here at this site, we’re able as a group to embark on our own healing.”
Okemaysim-Sicotte said she admired Carol’s strength and hopes the discovery of Wolfe speeds up the process for the a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women that the federal Liberals promised.