Retired Saanich police officer worried about portrayal of Reena Virk case in new Hulu series


Hulu’s new series Under the Bridge has Saanich’s former lead media liaison officer worried about the portrayal of Reena Virk’s tragic murder.

The shocking murder of 14-year-old Virk is returning to the spotlight nearly 30 years later, with the streaming service premiering Under the Bridge, which dives into the case based on a book of the same name.

“I don’t want people to ever lose sight of the fact that a young 14-year-old girl was murdered here in Greater Victoria,” said Chris Horsley.

Horsley was the former Saanich Police media liaison officer during the Virk murder, and is worried about the portrayal of facts in the case, adding that to his knowledge, producers of the show did not speak with the original investigators of the case.

“There was some discussion regarding more technical things like what type of cars that were driven, the uniforms Saanich police were using at the time,” said Horsley.

Six teens were tried and convicted for their varying roles in the incident. Two people, Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard, were handed life sentences for second-degree murder.

Glowatski was released in 2010, but Ellard, who now goes by the name Kerry Sim, had her day parole extended in 2023.

“It’s a real story with real victims, and I urge people that do watch the series to please never lose sight of the fact that an innocent 14-year-old girl lost her life,” said Horsley.

The series premiered in the U.S. on Wednesday, and through a partnership with Disney+, it’s expected to premiere in Canada on May 8.

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