Travis Vader

Travis Vader is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann. The bodies of Lyle and Marie have never been found. The couple were last seen filling their motorhome with gas on July 3, 2010 at a Superstore in St. Albert, a suburb of Edmonton. They were headed on a family camping trip to British Columbia, but never arrived. Days later, their burned-out motorhome was found near the Minnow Lake campground southeast of Edson, Alberta. RCMP named Vader as a person of interest in the case early on, but he wasn't charged until April 2012. In March 2014, a month before the trial was set to start, the Crown stayed the charges. Nine months later, in a rare move, the stay was lifted and the first-degree murder charges against Vader were re-applied. Vader went to court to have the charges thrown out, citing an abuse of process. His lawyer argued the Crown delayed the trial to buy more time to investigate, but the Crown insisted it was concerned disclosure delays would affect Vader's right to a fair trial. Justice Thomas ruled Vader was close in making a case for an unreasonable delay, but it wasn't enough. Despite the circumstantial case presented the RCMP believe they have a good case.