RCMP say they are certain a man sitting in jail for violent sexual crimes is also responsible for killing a 20-year-old Kamloops woman.

Mounties appealed to the man on Thursday to reveal the location of the victim’s body so her family can have closure after 16 years. They did not name him.

“We know who is responsible,” said Sgt. Garry Kerr, the investigation’s team commander.

“If there is any grain of humanity in you ... do the right thing and give her back to her family.”
The suspect has so far refused to talk despite pleas from the victim’s family.

Sherri McLaughlin disappeared on Sept. 16, 1993. Mounties say she was intentionally hit by a car while biking to see her boyfriend. Her body was never found.

The case grew cold until investigators connected a violent sex offender to Kamloops on the day of the disappearance. An examination of his car found paint from McLaughlin’s bike and a connection to a whistle found at the crime scene.

The evidence isn’t enough to guarantee a conviction, Kerr said.