WATCH: The whereabouts of Shannon Guyatt’s body remains a mystery. The Colwood woman was murdered by her husband in 1992. Last week newspaper clippings related to the case were found on DND land and turned over to the RCMP but as Luisa Alvarez reports they didn’t provide the answers many hoped, would finally bring Shannon home.
Newspaper clippings related to Shannon Guyatt’s murder were found by contractors inside a building on Department of National Defense land at Rocky Point last week.
They were handed over to the RCMP and major crimes investigated their significance but police say they weren’t the break everyone hoped for.
“Once the investigators had a chance to look at them they didn’t point at locating Shannon Guyatt’s remains,” said Cst. Matt Baker with the West Shore RCMP.
So at this point, they don’t hold any value to us.”
It’s a case that has fascinated Vancouver Islanders for decades. Shannon Guyatt was murdered and beheaded by her husband Doug Guyatt to collect insurance money in 1992.
Her husband Doug sat on the front steps of his house and spoke to CHEK News in 1992 claiming he had no idea what happened.
“I don’t know why she’d be down there I don’t know why her car would be down there,” said Guyatt.
But days after finding out he needed proof of death to collect the insurance money, Guyatt told police he’d found a garbage bag containing his wife’s severed head from the ditch in front of his Colwood home.
In 1994 Doug was convicted of the murder in a Vancouver courtroom, and despite Shannon’s family pleading for the location of her body, it has never been found.
Doug died in prison in 2014 at the age of 67 and took that information to the grave.
But even though the recent newspaper clippings were a lead that went cold, police say they won’t stop looking if new information comes to light.
“Major crimes investigators will look at anything that’s brought forward to them. If it has value we will continue to look for it,” said Baker.