Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Winnipeg Police Officer Apologizes to Dead Girl's Mom for Not Finding Her

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Winnipeg Police Officer Apologizes to Dead Girl's Mom for Not Finding Her

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Former officer apologizes to mom of dead girl

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WINNIPEG - A former police officer who searched the shed where a girl's body was later found more than 30 years ago apologized to the girl's mother for not finding her.

Jim Cook, who retired from the Winnipeg Police Service in 2006, looked through the shed more than two weeks prior to Candace Derksen's body being discovered in 1985.

He testified Wednesday at the retrial of Mark Grant, now 53, who is charged with second-degree murder in the 13-year-old girl's death.

The teen vanished on her way home from school in November 1984 and was found tied up and frozen to death in a lumber yard shed nearly two months later.

Cook told court that a snow drift prevented him from fully opening the door to the shed and get a good look when he was searching it on Dec. 30, 1984.

After testifying, he spoke to Candace's mother.

"I apologize for not finding her, if she was there," Cook said.

He testified he was only able to get his head and shoulder through the door to look around with a flashlight. …

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