A preliminary inquiry got underway Monday for a man accused of murdering his girlfriend who went missing more than 20 years ago.
The inquiry will determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial.
Trent Larsen is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 27-year-old Angel Lyn Fehr.
According to court documents, Larsen is alleged to have killed Fehr in Kamloops on May 2, 2000.
Fehr was last seen on April 23, 2000, when she had Easter dinner with her family in Abbotsford. After dinner, Fehr and Larsen are believed to have driven back to Kamloops. Fehr was pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
Investigators have said they determined early in the investigation it was out of character for Fehr to be out of contact with her two daughters, who were then young girls. Fehr also missed prenatal appointments and her banking and cellphone activity came to an abrupt halt.
According to police, Fehr’s body was located on a rural property near 100 Mile House about a week after Larsen’s arrest on Sept. 15, 2019.
Evidence presented at the preliminary inquiry is protected by a court-ordered ban on publication. Preliminary inquiries are hearings at which a provincial court judge determines whether there is enough evidence for an accused person to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court. Larsen’s preliminary inquiry is expected to take place over the next two weeks.