Family still haunted by unsolved killing of Surrey mother of three

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Harpal Sandhu, and Bhupinder Sandhu, cousins of murder victim Amanpreet Kaur Bahia, appealed to the public yesterday for anyone with information about the unsolved killing to come forward. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 33-year-old woman’s murder.

The family of a 33-year-old Surrey mother murdered last year has not seen her children in six months despite repeated attempts to contact them at the father’s home.

"I call but they say that (the children) are not feeling good … or that they have plans to go somewhere tomorrow," said Harpal Sandhu, cousin of Amanpreet Kaur Bahia.

"They always have excuses," said Parminder Chohan, Bahia’s uncle.

Bahia, 33, was killed Feb. 7, 2007, in what police called "a brutal, violent attack."

Her father-in-law, Didar Singh, had discovered her body at 11:30 a.m. in the home he and his wife shared with Bahia and her husband. Two of Bahia’s three young children were found home alone. The case remains unsolved.

On the one-year anniversary of Amanpreet Kaur Bahia’s death yesterday, her family made an emotional appeal to the public for answers.

"If anybody knows anything about this murder, please, please come forward and give this information to the police," said Chohan.

The family’s pleas to the public fell on the same day as the tenth birthday of Bahia’s eldest child, Harkaran.

Her middle child, Varinder, turned four the day before.

Chohan said that while the family has been in frequent contact with the RCMP and that they have faith in the justice system, "nothing has happened" in the past year.

Cpl. Dale Carr says the investigation is still very much active.

"We have received a great deal of information, however, we are not in a position to share that information with the public at this time," he said.

information held back

  • Cpl. Dale Carr reports that investigators know exactly how Bahia died but are holding back the information to maintain the integrity of the investigation.

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