Two Charged in Van Diest Death
By 250 News
Armstrong, B.C.- Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of Taylor Van Diest.
The 18 year old teen (photo at right courtesty RCMP) was found lying near railroad tracks in Armstrong on Halloween, she had been severely injured. She was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries.
The RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit and Armstrong RCMP, police have confirmed that two individuals have been arrested in connection with murder of Taylor Van Diest and two other incidents that occurred in 2004 and 2005.
26 year old Matthew Stephen Foerster, a former resident of Cherryville BC has been charged with one count of 2nd degree murder for the October 31st death of Taylor Van Diest. He has also been charged with one count of sexual assault and unlawful confinement in connection with the April 12, 2005 sexual assault of a Kelowna woman. Additional charges have been laid in connection with a home invasion that took place October 19, 2004 in Cherryville BC, in which a 19 year old young woman was assaulted.
While arrests have been made, the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are continuing their efforts to establish a detailed time line of Matthew Foerster’s activities on the day and night of Taylor’s murder on October 31st, 2011 and his travel and activities from December 2011 to March 2012.Shortly before 11:00 am (PST) on Wednesday April 4th, BC RCMP, Southeast District Major Crimes Unit arrested Matthew Stephen Foerster, on a Canada wide warrant, at a motel in Collingwood, Ontario. The BC RCMP officers were assisted by investigators from the Collingwood O.P.P. and Ontario RCMP. The arrest was completed without incident and efforts are underway to transport him back to BC to answer to the charges.58 year old Stephen Roy Foerster, Matthew’s father and a current resident of Cherryville, BC has been charged with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to murder in connection with the homicide death of Taylor Van Diest. He was arrested without incident at his residence around 2:20 pm (PST) on Wednesday April 4th.
RCMP are releasing the photos at right of Matthew Stephen Foerster in order to advance the investigation and in an effort to determine whether there are any other offenses that need further review. Anyone who may have information is asked to call the specially created tip line 1-888-688-4264 established for this investigation.
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Hopefully if these two are found guilty, then they should never see the light of day again