RCMP receives new tips in Dana Bradley case

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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The RCMP received two new tips from the public regarding Dana Bradley’s murder in recent days surrounding the 32nd anniversary of her murder on Dec. 14.

Dana Bradley.

Helen Cleary-Escott, the RCMP’s senior communications strategist and media relations officer in Newfoundland, says, although the file is sometimes described in the media as a cold case, that’s not accurate.

“Tips continue to be received on a regular basis and are thoroughly investigated,” she said, pointing out that the entire five-person RCMP major crime unit is involved in the case on a daily basis and is as committed as ever to solving the crime.

Interest and concern about what happened to Dana Bradley, a 14-year-old St. John’s girl who was murdered in 1981, is still strong.

A Telegram story by Barb Sweet from 2011 on the anniversary of her death, headlined “No Justice for Dana,” attracted more than 21,230 hits on The Telegram’s website since last week.

Dana was reported missing Dec. 14, 1981. She had been last seen on Topsail Road in St. John’s. Four days later, on Dec. 18, 1981, her body was found off Maddox Cove Road by a family looking for a Christmas tree.

The RCMP continues to investigate the case and encourages tips or any information that might help find her murderer. A spokesperson for the force said despite information that has been provided by the public over the years, there’s nothing new to report on the case. The related 2011 story “No Justice for Dana” can be read online at bit.ly/1kdGOsK


Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Topsail Road, Maddox Cove Road

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  • JD
    December 18, 2013 - 07:28

    There are few stories etched in the tapestry of our history and culture. For my generation (in our 40's), this and the Ocean Ranger are powerful bells that still ring on the anniversaries. We all still hope for justice in this one.