48 Hours will air its investigation on what has become known as The Highway of Tears. Along a remote section of Canada’s Highway 16 (between Prince George and Prince Rupert, British Columbia), 18 girls have either disappeared or have been murdered while hitchhiking on the road. It is an area “plagued with poverty and a lack of public transportation, forcing residents to hitchhike.” The 18 is the number known as official. Locals say there are likely more than 30 women missing. Most were teenagers, many were of aboriginal descent. Their ages range from 12 to 33.
New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed $30 million to a new national investigation. And it’s Sgt. Wayne Clary’s job to find the killers responsible. On 48 Hours he tells Peter Van Sant, “We’ve had a major break in the case and it involves an American.” 48 Hours airs Saturdays at 9pm on CBS.