Vancouver police has arrested and charged a man in the 1993 murder of 23-year-old Vicki Black. Stephen Laroche has been charged with second degree murder for the murder that occurred in Vancouver in March 1993.
“For Vicki and her family, I am pleased that we are able to announce criminal charges 26 years after her death,” said Chief Superintendent Manny Mann, Officer-in-Charge of the BC RCMP Major Crime Section.
“No matter how many years pass by, police are committed to ensuring justice for victims of homicide.”
Mann said police routinely review files to determine if new techniques or information can help solve crimes. In this case, a VPD review led to the file being referred to the Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit – an integrated provincial team.
The were able to take the work that had been done by VPD to identify a suspect and gather evidence to support charges. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Laroche from Oakville, Ontario. He appeared in court in Vancouver this morning, and his next court appearance is for December 2.
“For the Vancouver Police Department it is important that those that commit serious criminal acts be held accountable, regardless of how long it takes. It is our hope that today’s charges will bring some semblance of closure to Vicki’s family and friends,” said VPD Superintendent Cita Airth.