Friends of a murdered Ladysmith area man are appealing for new information that could rekindle his cold case.
This week marks three years since 76 year old Kenneth Hein was found brutally murdered in his rural home, and despite a sizeable reward offered by a friend to help solve the case, those close to Hein say they’re still waiting for an arrest.
Getting jobs done is what drives Mike Gogo everyday at his Cedar Sawmill but one personal job he’s set out to do remains undone, and bothering him. Solving the murder of his dear friend of 40 years Kenneth Hein, who at 76 years old still drove a gravel truck when he was brutally murdered in his home on May 16th, 2013.
“It doesn’t seem like three years its amazing,” says Gogo. “You know there isn’t a person who didn’t like Ken. In the wake that we had for him there was probably 300 people in the community hall in Cedar.”
The crime shook the small community of Yellowpoint outside Ladysmith, when the widower’s body was found in his Wagon Wheel Drive home.
“I’m devastated, I’m devastated,” said Neighbour Betty Anne Herbert at the time. “I didn’t think anybody would hurt a man like that and especially in our area out in the country here.”
At the time RCMP sounded like they were on the verge of an arrest.
“The investigators are satisfied with where they are at this point and they remain very confident that we will solve this murder,” said Cpl. Darren Lagan with Island District RCMP days later.
But this week marks the third anniversary of the crime, and despite Mike Gogo putting up a $10,000 reward for information that would catch the culprit, friends are still at a loss about who killed Hein.
“I’d put up $100,000 if I thought it would get Ken’s murderer,” says Gogo. ” But I did get a real response by doing that and I got a lot of information which I recorded and forwarded and so far I haven’t heard a thing back.”
Gogo says tipsters interested in that reward even offered up the name of a suspect.
“I got three people who claim they knew exactly who it was and the three people didn’t know each other and the three people named the same person,” says Gogo.
RCMP wouldn’t comment on the case, other than to say it is open and active.
A needed reassurance for Gogo and Hein’s friends at the sawmill, who all want to be sure it’s not only them remembering that his case has never been solved.