Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Candace Derksen

Suspect interviewed 23 years before arrest
A retired high-ranking Winnipeg police officer says he didn't view Mark Edward Grant as a suspect when he interviewed him in 1984 while investigating the disappearance of 13-year-old Candace Derksen.

Grant, 47, is now on trial for first-degree murder in Candace's death.

She disappeared Nov. 30, 1984, and her bound and frozen body was found in a brickyard shed Jan. 17, 1985.

Menno Zacharias, a detective sergeant in the youth division in 1984, said when he talked to Grant, it was to check out claims by Grant's girlfriend that she had seen Candace after she disappeared. Please read about Candace Derksen's Murder


Anonymous said...

THE CANADIAN PRESS should apologize for the heading in the paper (frozen teen) What a terrible headline And now he is not charged with first degree murder??!!

Jury resumes deliberations in frozen teen trial in Winnipeg
By: The Canadian Press

Posted: 02/17/2011 10:34 AM | Comments: 2 | Last Modified: 02/17/2011 2:15 PM

Sharron Prior website said...

Unfortunately this was the truth...
Her hands and feet were bound with rope and she was left to freeze inside the utility shed, located in a brickyard about 500 meters from her family's home.

Grant WAS known to police

Mark Edward Grant, the man convicted in the 1984 slaying of Winnipeg schoolgirl Candace Derksen, is no stranger to police.

At the time 13-year-old Derksen went missing, Grant had convictions for sexual assault of an underage sex trade worker, forgery, fraud, break and enter and failing to comply with court orders.

In 1991, he was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager and served four years in prison.

Just nine days after he was released on parole, he sexually assaulted another woman and was given another nine years behind bars.

When Grant was finally released in 2005, Winnipeg police put out a community notification warning that women and children were at risk of sexual violence.