The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit and the Cranbrook RCMP detachment have stepped up the investigation into the homicides of Jeffery Taylor and Leanne MacFarlane. The senseless double murder occurred on May 29, 2010 at a rural residence approximately 20 kms east of Cranbrook. This was a brutal and cowardly act of violence in what was determined to be a case of mistaken identity stated S/Sgt. Dubnyk.
Investigators have interviewed hundreds of witnesses including several who indicated that two males were seen running/walking away from the crime scene along a section of Hwy 3 that lead from the couple’s residence.
As the result of tireless investigative efforts, police have been successful in moving the investigation forward. At the outset of the investigation, the forensic examination of the crime scene yielded a vast amount of evidence and now, as a result of advancements in forensic science, new and very viable leads have surfaced, explained S/Sgt. Dubnyk. These new leads have provided investigators with resurgence in the investigation with definitive direction in the search for Jeff and Leanne’s killers.
The investigation has never stopped but now several more police officers have been added creating a large dedicated team of investigators to following up new leads. This has included interviewing several new witnesses and re-interviewing some of the original people with whom the police spoke.
The investigative team has established a dedicated Tip Line and urge people to call 1-877-987-8477 with any information they may have about this crime.