A grieving mother in Port Alberni is trying to save other families from some of the grief and long waiting she went through when her son died in a fiery car crash.
He was unidentifiable after the wreck, and she says the process of collecting DNA to identify him further opened a wound she says has yet to close.
Remembering her son Trevor at their spot along Port Alberni’s Riverfront makes Marion Rowan Roys feel like he’s almost here.
“He’d come down and we’d go for walks and talk and it was nice. This was his favourite place. And I miss his and it brings him close. Brings him close,” says the Port Alberni woman.
Since a fiery crash on November 23rd, 2015 took him away for good. When near Tofino Trevor Filgate’s car crossed the centre line of the highway, and crashed head on into a camper.
His remains were unrecognizable after it, and despite RCMP believing it was him and his DNA already in Canada’s Criminal DNA Data Bank because of his previous arrests, Rowan Roys had to wait an excruciating two months to find out if it was really her son who died in that car that day. Because Canadian legislation doesn’t allow DNA collected when someone is arrested or sentenced for a serious crime to be used in identifying remains.
“If they find remains of someone the RCMP can’t access that databank for the DNA to identify a dead body,” says Rowan Roys.
So she has started an online petition appealing to have legislation over Canada’s Criminal DNA databank be amended to allow release of information it holds to identify remains.
“I don’t think people can even imagine what it’s like to sit for weeks and weeks and weeks and wonder if that’s your child lying in a morgue all by himself,” says Rowan Roys.
Started just days ago, the petition already has hundreds of signatures and hopes it will grow. Ultimately solving cold cases and this mother hopes saves families grief down the road who will undoubtedly face not knowing and fearing the worst for weeks.
“It would spare someone ever having to go through this if its ever possible,” says Rowan Roys.