Unknown Jay Cook & Tanya Van Cuylenborg Killer- (ARREST!!!) Jan 24, 2017 1:54:35 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 24, 2017 1:54:35 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Unsolved Mysteries Wikia)
From Unsolved Mysteries Wikia:
Real Name: Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: November 19, 1987
Details: Twenty-year-old Jay Cook and seventeen-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg were residents of Victoria, Canada who traveled to Seattle, Washington on a buying trip for Jay's father. They drove Jay's father's van down Highway 101 into Hoodsport and through Allyn and boarded a car ferry to Seattle, never to be seen alive again. Tanya was found raped and murdered in Skagit County, Washington; her body was bound with plastic wire ties. As police debated if Jay had killed her, the van was found ninety miles away in Bellingham; the keys and more plastic ties, along with plastic gloves and a half box of ammunition were discovered two blocks away. Jay was later found beaten and strangled to death, his hands also bound with plastic ties. After the murders and over the Christmas holidays, their families were taunted by disturbing greeting cards believed to be from the killers. Postmarked from New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, they shared the same handwriting. However, DNA found on the letters did not match the DNA found on the victims. Police, however, believe the letter writer may have been the killer or one of the killers.
Suspects: The police believe Jay and Tanya could have met their killer on the ferry from Victoria to Washington or on the Bremerton ferry to Seattle. The assailant may have done time in prison; his efforts to conceal his identity are indicative of someone familiar with police procedures. Police also believed at the time that the person who had written the greeting cards may have had something to do with the murders.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the October 25, 1989 episode.
Results: Unresolved. In August 2010, Victoria cold-case detectives finally identified the person responsible for sending the disturbing greeting cards. He is a man now in his 70s with severe mental issues. He readily admitted that he was the author of the cards. Police interviewed him for several hours and now believe he had nothing to do with Jay and Tanya's murders; he probably read about the story in a newspaper and sent the cards from there. Sadly, their killer has never been caught.
Official Unsolved Mysteries website page on case: unsolved.com/archives/jay-cook-and-tanya-van-cuylenborg
Thoughts? This case has never been aired on America's Most Wanted to the best of my knowledge but it is being placed in the unsolved on tv section since as noted above it has been aired on Unsolved Mysteries.
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