Video of missing Abbotsford woman evidence of domestic abuse: police
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:42PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, June 15, 2018 12:37PM PDT
New video has surfaced showing what police say is evidence of past domestic abuse against a missing Abbotsford, B.C. woman.
Kimberlee Kasatkin disappeared in Peru in November of 2016 and is presumed dead.
In the video, which was broadcast locally on Peruvian television and shared by the Abbotsford Police Department Thursday, the 41-year-old appears to show her injuries, including a bloody nose and large bruises on her body.
"We were absolutely horrified, and yet at the same time, we're thankful that they came out," said the woman's father, Al Kasatkin, after seeing the videos.
Kimberlee's parents believe the footage was originally provided to the judge presiding over the case.
Kimberlee had been living in Lima with her common-law partner, Christopher Franz-Bettocchi, and their two children for more than three years.
In November 2016, Franz-Bettocchi told her family she had abandoned him and the kids.
Kimberlee's parents, however, didn't believe his story.
"Kimberlee was in daily communication with her sisters here in Canada, sometimes up to five or six times a day with WhatsApp and that all suddenly stopped," Al said.
The parents contacted Abbotsford police who worked with authorities to file a missing person report in Peru.
Surveillance video shows Franz dragging a heavy bag to his car around the time Kimberlee disappeared.
"The first time I saw that, I almost passed out," said her mother, Kathy Kasatkin. "It's Kim. When I first saw that, I knew that was Kim."
Eventually, Peruvian police reached the same conclusion and classified the case as a murder investigation. No remains have been found.
Franz-Bettocchi was arrested in the South American country, where he has been charged with femicide—the murder of a woman under Peruvian law.
He spent several months in custody, but was recently released.
Now, Kasatkin's parents are afraid he won't go to trial before an Aug. 27 deadline and are concerned for the safety of their eight and four-year-old grandchildren.
"We're terrified of the things that he's telling them," Kathy said. "After that, we're afraid for their physical well-being."
Al and Kathy plan to return to Peru in August to follow the case. They also plan to seek custody of their grandchildren.
Abbotsford police say they sent out the video to raise awareness about the case and to send a message to victims of abuse encouraging them to seek support.
With files from CTV Vancouver's Ben Miljure