The Unsolved Murder of Sheila Henry
Case File Overview
When Sheila Henry was murdered and “found in a pool of blood,” she was six-weeks pregnant.
Sheila, a 26-year-old nurse who worked at Vancouver General Hospital, was killed in the late afternoon on February 5th, 1993. She was beaten to death, likely with a flashlight, and was smothered with a pillow when she refused to succumb to her injuries.
After Sheila studied nursing at Mount Royal College, her and David moved to Kitsilano, BC. Sheila worked as a nurse, and David did occasional freelance computer programming. He was also tremendously fond of playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Case File Theories
Was Sheila murdered by a stranger?
Sheila could’ve been killed by a stranger. This seems highly unlikely, however, since there was no sign of forced entry. Moreover, if Sheila’s murder was a robbery gone bad, it seems odd that nothing was out of place in the home or missing. And, from what I’ve been able to uncover, this theory has never been suggested by the police.
Was Sheila murdered by her roommate or a friend?
Sheila and David shared their duplex with an unnamed friend. Although details are sketchy, the media reported that the roommate was cleared as a suspect. The roommate and other friends of the couple also consented to be polygraphed, so I think it’s highly unlikely that any of them were involved in Sheila’s murder. It would be nice, though, to know if the roommate had an alibi.
Was Sheila murdered by her husband?
David, Shelia’s husband, is the primary suspect in her murder. He is, in fact, the only suspect that the police have publicly named.
David told the police that he went out shopping and to visit friends at 3pm on the day Sheila was killed. He said returned around 8pm to find her dead.
In a bizarre turn of events, David informed the police that he had lost his wedding ring while on holidays in Florida. However, the police found the wedding ring stashed behind a couch cushion in the detective’s lounge. Yes, you read that right!
After David’s discarded wedding ring was located, he was read his rights. Since that moment, David has refused to talk to the police. David’s lawyer, Harold Rusk, sent the police a letter stating, “Mr. Henry will be continuing to exercise his right to silence.”
Sheila’s parents fought hard for an inquest into their daughter’s death, no doubt to try to get David to talk. During the inquest, David denied killing his wife and trying to date one of his wife’s friends. At the end of the inquest, the jury decided that a reward should be offered to help identify Sheila’s killer.
After prosecutors refused to charge David with Sheila’s murder, citing a lack of evidence, Sheila’s family sued David for the wrongful death of their daughter under the Family Compensation Act in 1999. The courts dismissed the case because the law states that a family only has a two-year window from the time of the crime to sue, and refused to make an exception.
Who do you think murdered Sheila Henry?
Since Sheila’s brutal murder, her parents, Gary and Linnea McIndoe, have fought for justice for their daughter. Through the years, they’ve grieved both the loss of their daughter and their unborn grandchild. Gary took early retirement to be with his wife, and they’ve both been in counselling to deal with their grief.
Sheila’s father painfully recounted his ongoing heartbreak in 2007: “I feel like I have failed my daughter by not bringing her murderer to justice. I still wake up at night with Sheila screaming for her dad to help her, but I never can.”
The police are counting on the public to come forward to help solve this heinous murder. If you have any information about the murder of Sheila Henry, please contact the Vancouver Police Department at (604) 717-3321.
Shelia Henry Cold Case Overview – Vancouver Police Department post