WATCH: The family of murdered Nanaimo girl Makayla Chang is marking a heartbreaking anniversary and are worried her unsolved case may be going cold. Nov. 17 marked six months since the 16-year-old’s body was found and despite an extensive RCMP investigation, there are still no arrests or closure. It’s taking a toll on Makayla’s beloved. Skye Ryan has more.
For a few moments every day, Dolly Chang pretends this is all a nightmare while standing in her granddaughter’s bedroom and talks to the 16-year-old like she is still there.
“Every night I just say what we used to say before bedtime,” said Makayla Chang’s grandmother. “Sweet dreams and she’d say sweet dreams you too grandma. It’s just something I have to do.”
She refuses to box up what she has left of her Makayla since the bubbly girl was found murdered in Nanaimo six months ago.
“Still missing her very, very badly,” said Dolly Chang. “It’s just a daily thing. I get up and think of her all day actually.”
There’s no moving on for this grandmother who raised Makayla from a young age.
And there has still been no arrests or answers about what happened to her after she vanished in March, despite a massive search effort and RCMP investigation that ultimately found her body two months after she went missing.
“Do you think somebody out there knows something,” CHEK News asked Dolly Chang.
“Yeah I do. Yeah I do,” she answered. “I want some justice here. There has to be something.”
Chang says updates from investigators are now only coming monthly and reveal no details. She still doesn’t know where her granddaughter’s body was found and RCMP won’t grant interviews on the case, only telling CHEK News that it is still an active investigation.
“We just can’t let it turn into a cold case. We need answers you know. That would be horrible. Really horrible,” said Chang.
So in a final act of love for Makayla, Dolly Chang visits her grave up to three times a week. She reminds her granddaughter that she won’t let this rest or her name be forgotten.