Radisson memorial walk marks grim anniversary

Katelyn Marie Noble of Mission, BC was 15 years old when she went missing in the Radisson, SK area in August, 2007

A memorial walk in Radisson on Saturday, August 17 will mark the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of Katelyn Marie Noble.

Noble, originally from Mission, BC, was 15 years old when she was last seen in Radisson on August 17, 2007. She is presumed to be deceased, but her body has never been found despite numerous searches by police and volunteers over the years.

The memorial walk is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Red Bull restaurant parking lot in Radisson. The walk will proceed to the house where Noble lived with her boyfriend and then back to the restaurant parking lot, according to Paulette Haywood, an advocate for the family of Katelyn Noble and a longtime volunteer with ChildFind Canada.

“The goal of this event is to keep the case in the public eye and to maybe spark someone’s memory that could help police locate Katelyn’s remains,” said Haywood in an interview on August 6. “The fact is that a young girl went missing and is presumed murdered somewhere in the Radisson area. She used to live in the community, and we still want people to be aware of that and keep an eye out for anything that could help in the search.”

In September, 2018, the Saskatchewan RCMP major crimes historical case unit arrested Eduard Viktorovit Baranec and charged him with Noble’s murder. At the time of his arrest, Baranec was already in prison, serving a life sentence for murdering a woman in BC in 2007.

Baranec made an initial Saskatoon court appearance in the Katelyn Noble case in September 2018 via video link from a BC prison. Since then, the case has been adjourned ten times for various reasons.

In July, 2019, a date for Baranec’s preliminary hearing in the case was set for February, 2020.

Haywood said she’s encouraged that the trial could get underway in the coming year. While it will be an ordeal for Katelyn Noble’s family and friends, the trial may disclose testimony that could lead to the location of the missing girl’s remains.

“There’s going to be a lot of evidence coming out in the trial that we were not aware of before,” she said.

Haywood said while Baranec is the primary suspect in the case, there is a possibility he may not have acted alone.

“We just have to wait and see and be hopeful and say a prayer that justice will be served,” she added. “In the meantime, we hope that someone will provide a missing piece of evidence that will help us find Katelyn and bring her home to Mission so her family can finally have closure to this nightmare.”