Family of Natasha Montgomery seek ‘closure’ of daughter’s slain body
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C – The family of 23-year-old mother Natasha Montgomery of Prince George, missing since September 2010 and believed to have been
killed by detained murder suspect Cody Legebokoff, are pressing to have their daughter’s body recovered for “a proper and dignified burial.”
Her body was never found.
Natasha’s family and Sekanni Carrier Nation held a ceremony on Monday at the residence where police believe Natasha was slain to allow them to begin a healing process.
A statement released by the family said:
“Today we came here to pray and smudge the apartment where we lost our beloved Natasha. The loss of Natasha has had a very devastating impact on our family. It is hard enough to accept the fact she is gone, let alone not having the ability to lay her to rest. We need her back to help in our family’s healing process. We feel like we are being tormented by Cody because he is not giving her back. Her children have been emotionally scarred. As they grow older they will learn what has really happened to their mother. It’s hard to answer the questions they ask now, they know their mother has passed and that she is still missing. This is a nightmare our family is reliving on a daily basis. We wake up every morning wondering if today is the day she is found, is today the day Cody loses his power over our family! I urge the public to come forward with any tips they have small or big on Cody’s activities prior to his arrest! No information is too small; it may lead us to Natasha! Our hearts go out to the Maas family, the Leslie family and the Stuchenko family. You are not alone in this horrifying journey we have all had to endure! No one deserves this; our loved ones didn’t deserve this! He preyed on their vulnerability!
Legebokoff, who was 21 at the time of the alleged murder, was arrested on November 27, 2010, and is held in custody at the Prince George Regional Correctional Center where he is awaiting trial.
He is also charged with the alleged murders between October 2009 and November 2010 of another two mothers: Jill Stacey Stuchenko and Cynthia Frances Maas, both aged 35, as well as 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie of Fraser Lake, BC.
Police are asking anyone with any information to call the specially created Tip Line 1-877-987-8477 (TIPS).