Teen found near train tracks was murdered: RCMP
Published Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:59PM PDT
Police now believe that the B.C. teen who died after being found severely injured near a railroad track was murdered.
An unconscious Taylor Van Diest, 18, was discovered by friends and family lying in a bushy area about 10 feet away from the tracks in Armstrong Monday night, about an hour after she was reported missing.
She was taken to hospital in Vernon then transported to Kelowna, but eventually succumbed to her injuries.
Investigators say that Van Diest was last seen going out for Halloween, but it is not clear whom she was meeting. RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen her that evening to call their local detachment.
Friends of the murdered teen told CTV News that she was a quiet girl who was kind to others.
Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper says the small town has been deeply impacted by Van Diest's death.
"I was in the downtown earlier today and I just saw two young people hugging and one of them was crying," he said.
The teen was found just steps from a daycare.