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Rachel Quinney

On May 11th, 2006 the Edmonton Sun reported that Thomas Svekla claimed to have discovered the dead body of prostitute Rachel Quinney in June of 2004.

Sun reporter Andrew Hanon said Svekla told him he'd taken a prostitute to a remote area northeast of Sherwood Park to do drugs. For some reason, the prostitute bolted from his pick-up. Svekla gave chase and they came across Quinney's body.

RCMP Cpl. Wayne Oakes said he "won't confirm or deny ... any of Andrew Hanon's story."

Rachel Quinney, 19, was found in a wooded area near the intersection of Township Road 540 and Range Road 224, northeast of Sherwood Park on June 11th, 2004.

The cause of her death was not released and her murder remains unsolved.

Quinney herself was connected to two other sex-trade deaths.

Samantha Tayleen Berg

Quinney was a friend of Samantha Berg, 19, who was found dead January 25th, 2005 by two employees in a courtyard behind Stross Management Ltd. at 7829 127 Avenue. The area is normally used for parking semi-trucks and trailers.

On September 13th, 2005, the Medical Examiner's office released its report on Berg. Initially treated as a suspicious death, police were now investigating Berg's death as a homicide.

At the time of the release of the ME's report, Berg's death as a homicide brought 2005's murder tally up to 26.

Charlene Gauld

Quinney was also a friend of Charlene Gauld, 20, who was found dead April 16th, 2005 by an oil worker performing a routine check on a service site close to the intersection of Highway 617 and Highway 623 (north of the city of Camrose, a one-hour drive southeast of Edmonton).

Gauld's body and the surrounding wooded area had been burned.

Gauld, who worked under the street name Roxanne, was last seen alive on April 8th, 2005 and was reported missing April 13th.

Gauld was found in the area where the body of another Edmonton prostitute, Debbie Lake, was discovered on April 12th, 2003.

Police said there was no clear link between the two women. The RCMP didn't release a cause of death, but were treating Gauld's death as suspicious while the medical examiner performed further tests.

A distant relative of Rachel Quinney, Christopher Quinney, was found dead March 21st, 2006 inside a locked vehicle compound at the Koch Ford Lincoln Sales dealership at 5121 Gateway Boulevard.

His cause of death has yet to be released.

The Quinney family were shocked when they learned Svekla may have been a person of interest in the murder of their daughter and sister.

Charlotte Lajimodiere, Quinney's sister-in-law, said to the Sun "If he was under the microscope of the police investigation, well, how bad are their microscopes? How dirty are they?"

RCMP wouldn't confirm or deny if Svekla was ever linked to Quinney's slaying by Project KARE. They only said he was known to police.

Lajimodiere said her family now feared the secrets of Quinney's death could have died with Innes.

"What if this Theresa was on the streets of Edmonton and knew who did Rachel in? What if she has all the answers and all the clues and the second set of eyes for our sister?"

The Quinney family were also outraged by Svekla's behaviour at his first court appearance on May 11th, 2006.

"All we've got right now is this guy's mockery and his cocky gestures," said Charlotte.

"He's just laughing in everybody's faces."

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