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Abduction and Murder of Kelly Jane Evelyn Cook


Kelly Jane Evelyn Cook
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Kelly Jane Evelyn Cook

Standard, Alberta — Kelly Jane Evelyn Cook, a 15 year-old female, lived with her parents in the village of Standard, Alberta, which is located 70 kilometers north east of Calgary.

On April 22, 1981, at 8:20 A.M., Kelly received a phone call from a man identifying himself as Bill Christensen. The caller asked if she would babysit that evening. Kelly agreed and arrangements were made for the caller to pick up Kelly at her residence.

At 8:30 P.M., a vehicle pulled up in front of the Cook's residence. The unidentified male and Kelly were last seen departing the residence. Kelly was not seen alive again. Her body was discovered in the Chin Lake Reservoir (east of Lethbridge, Alberta) on June 28, 1981. The body was bound by ropes and anchored by two concrete blocks.

It is believed that the perpetrator of this crime had planned the abduction over a one or two-month period.

While Kelly's body was at a funeral home in Calgary, an unknown man demanded to see her body. Even though he claimed to be a family friend, he was denied and eventually left. This man has never been identified but authorities believe it may have been her killer.

A one hundred thousand dollar reward ($100,000.00) from the Village of Standard is still offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of this crime.

Kelly Cook
A local gas station owner contacted police saying that their person of interest may have stopped by his shop to make the phone call to Kelly.

The man was 5'9", in his 40s, had dark curly hair, a fair tan complexion, and looked like a farmer. The owner described the man as rude and egotistical when asking to use the phone. As the possible suspect used the phone, the shop owner watched over his shoulder to see him dial a local number and begin talking about babysitting.

This case caught the public's attention like few other murder cases because it was so unusual, with the killer actually picking up his victim at her house while her mother watched through the window.

Despite the publicity generated by this murder case, and a $100,000 reward offered by the Village of Standard for information leading to the arrest of Kelly's killer, the case remains unsolved.

Memorials/Obituaries

  • Name: Kelly Evelyn Cook
  • Birth: June 15, 1965 — Montreal Region, Quebec
  • Death: April 22, 1981 (aged 15) — Taber, Lethbridge, Census Division, Alberta
  • Burial: Standard Cemetery — Standard, Strathmore Census Division, Alberta
Parents
  • Name: Walter Archibald Baillie Cook
  • Birth: July 5, 1937 — Montreal Region, Quebec
  • Death: December 4, 2007 (aged 70) — Standard, Strathmore Census Division, Alberta
  • Memorials  New!

If you have any information about this case, please contact "K" (AB) Division, Serious Crimes Branch South Airdrie at 403-420-4900 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Kristen McCollom

Kristen McCollom

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