The place when Leonard Dyck was found dead is usually quiet. It's a gravelly road next to a small clearing depressed in the earth, impossible to miss driving along Highway 37. The surrounding grassy banks give a view of the storybook Stikine Forest, not far from Dease Lake, B.C.
Debra Dennis knows the place but didn't recognize it last week.
Homicide investigators descended on the site after Dyck was found on July 19, drawing canary-yellow tape around the banks. News of the man's death, as well as those of a tourist couple to the northeast, sent a chill through isolated communities in the region.
Dennis and her husband waited six days to drive by the clearing and pay their respects to the stranger who died. RCMP investigators had finally gone.
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