Police seek information in Maple Ridge cold case

Husband died but wife survived horrific stabbing in their house at 24931 121 Avenue

Police continue to investigate the murder of Leslie Jackson 35 years after he was stabbed to death in his Maple Ridge home.

On Oct. 17, 1976, Leslie and his wife Olive were returning to their house at 24931 121 Avenue when they encountered a man who had broken in.

The thief was armed with a knife, and he stabbed both Leslie and Olive.

Leslie, 56, died at the scene, and Olive was taken to hospital, where she was able to make a full recovery.

The man fled after attacking the couple and disappeared.

Throughout the investigation, police have interviewed many people but have never been able to identify the person responsible.

Police feel that the thief got into a nearby vehicle that was driven by an accomplice.

“On the 35th anniversary of this sad event, we’re still working diligently to learn the identity of the person responsible,” said Supt. Dave Walsh.

“Mr. Jackson was a very innocent victim.  We appeal to the public to give us a call if they have any information regarding this murder.  Your tip may be the one that breaks the case, and brings some closure for Olive, who has had to relive this nightmare ever since that fateful night.”

• Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 604-463-6251. To remain anonymous call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.bccrimestoppers.com. CrimeStoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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