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Cody Legebokoff: Canada's Accused "Country Boy" Killer

More Bodies: Jill Stuchenko, Cynthia Maas, Natasha Montgomery

Jill Stuchenko.
Jill Stuchenko.

Cynthia Maas.
Cynthia Maas.

Natasha Montgomery.
Natasha Montgomery.

The other three victims that prosecutors want to tie to Cody Legebokoff might not draw public sympathy quite so readily as did the teenage girl Mounties first stumbled on. The Canadian press has alleged that Jill Stuchenko, Cynthia Maas and Natasha Montgomery were sex workers.

Jill Stuchenko, 35, wanted to be a singer. The single mother worked for Rikki Black at her Prince George escort agency, Black Orchid, for 10 years. She pulled extra shifts for other agencies and, according to her boss, freelanced on the streets. Stuchenko allegedly battled a drug problem.

Friends and family reported Stuchenko missing October 22, 2009. Five days later she turned up dead in a gravel pit near Otway Road, at the edge of Prince George.

Cynthia Maas's story was similar. Like Stuchenko, she was a 35-year-old single mother. Friends reported her missing September 23, 2010. Her body was found on the banks of the Fraser River in LC Gunn Park (which the Globe and Mail asserts was frequented by sex workers) on October 9, 2010.

Multiple newspapers quote Maas's family as describing her as a "poster child for vulnerability in our society" and decrying her unprotected position as "a social victim of disability, ethnicity, class and gender."

Natasha Montgomery, 23, was reported missing the same day as Maas. She had been a figure skater and a baseball player, and she was another young mother and alleged sex worker. When her family in Quesnel didn't hear from her for a few weeks, they called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Authorities haven't found Montgomery's body, but they've said that they've been able to connect her to Cody Legebokoff and that they have enough evidence to charge him with her murder. Many in his remote corner of British Columbia are shocked; others will wonder if they should have realized something was wrong.

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