Information is being sought that could lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the 1987 murders of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook.
Twenty year old Jay Cook and his girlfriend, eighteen year old Tanya Van Cuylenborg were a young couple from Victoria, British Columbia. They were running an errand in Washington State and borrowed Jay’s father’s van to make the journey.
On November 18, 1987 Tanya and Jay left Victoria on the Coho Ferry, crossing over to Port Angeles, Washington. They were last seen alive in the Bremerton/Seattle area. On November 20th, they were reported as missing.
Four days later, on November 24th, Tanya’s body was discovered on a rural road near Alger in Skagit County. She had been sexually assaulted and then shot.
Then on November 26th, Jay’s body was discovered south of Alger, near Monroe in Snohomish County. Jay had been beaten and strangled.
Following the discovery of their bodies, their van and some of Tanya’s personal belongings were located in Bellingham; the van beside a Greyhound station and Tanya’s belongings behind a local tavern.
A reward of $25,000 has been offered from supporters of Tanya and Jay.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward. If you can help, now is the time. More than 27 years have passed yet their murders remain unsolved. It may be that your situation that stopped you from coming forward in the past has since changed, and now is your opportunity. Help bring closure for Tanya and Jay’s families.
Contact your local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or on the web at www.victoriacrimestoppers.com .
Link to BC Crime Stoppers Video: http://globalnews.ca/news/2079753/crime-stoppers-what-happened-to-jay-cook-and-tanya-van-cuylenborg/
Posted by Sgt. Steve Eassie #158