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Krystal Senyk's house on Tagish Road. RCMP officer in search of Bax.

Murder Suspect continues to elude RCMP

The RCMP hope the public will provide the lead they need to find Ronald Jeffrey Bax, wanted in connection with the murder of Krystal Senyk in Carcross on Monday.

By Whitehorse Star on March 4, 1992

"Somebody is going to know, hear or see something that is going to give us the lead we need." Sgt. Bill Cameron of the Whitehorse RCMP said today. Police received several calls about possible sightings of Bax and someone acting suspicious in the Tagish Road area Tuesday afternoon. The Road was blocked and drivers questioned, but the results were negative. Cameron said.

Cameron would not say if Bax is believed to be on foot or in a vehicle, or if he was equipped for outdoor travel. "We're not assuming anything. We don't have any clear-cut evidence to indicate if he is on foot or in a vehicle."

Police searched the area all night. They do know Bax took some gear from his home, but cannot confirm exactly what without the assistance of his wife, Lynn Bax. She can't be taken to the family home on the Tagish Road because of fears for her safety, he added.

There are 16 people in Whitehorse and Carcross who remain under police protection, including Lynn Bax and the couple's two sons. The Baxes were going through a stormy marriage break-up, and Senyk, 29, was Lynn Bax's best friend.

An all-points bulletin has been issued across Canada and Alaska, and border crossings were alerted Monday night. Cameron said an extensive air search of all logical areas Tuesday turned up nothing. "There are only so many ways out of Carcross," Cameron said, adding all possible exits from the area have been monitored

Bax was last seen last weekend, Cameron said. Senyk's body was discovered Monday morning, and she was last seen alive about nine hours previously. The hunt is continuing, with members of the emergency response team, a police dog and handler, and an air search, Cameron said. About 25 officers are involved.

There are no plans to call in trackers because police feel the dog and handler can meet present needs, he added. Conditions remain the same - hard-crust snow, which leaves little sign of travel and is difficult to pick up a scent on.

In open, windy areas, a man could travel easily across the packed snow, but going is more difficult in the treed regions, Cameron said. Senyk was killed in her home with a high-calibre rifle.

She worked as a land claims negotiator for the federal government, and had been an engineer for the City of Whitehorse. Bax is an accomplished outdoorsman, and worked as a big game guide, taxidermist, and sculptor. He ran Northern Sculptures from his Carcross home with his wife.

Wednesday, March 4, 1992 By Sherryl Yeager, Star Reporter

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