Serial Killer Unmasked: Man Arrested in Coeur D’ Alene Linked to Unsolved Calgary Murders

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Authorities have identified a man arrested in Coeur d’Alene in 2008 as a serial killer responsible for four unsolved murders in Calgary dating back to the 1970s. Gary Allen Srery, who was serving a life sentence for rape and passed away in 2011, has been linked to the murders of four women in Calgary between 1976 and 1977: Patsy McQueen, Eva Dvorak, Melissa Rehorek, and Barbara MacLean.

The murders, which had remained unsolved for decades due to a lack of technological advancements, were revisited in 2021-2022 when evidence from the crime scenes was reexamined. It was then discovered that the same suspect was involved in all four murders. authorities were able to make a breakthrough in the case through the use of investigative genetic genealogy.

After the Alberta RCMP and the Calgary Police Service partnered to utilize investigative genetic genealogy in 2021, Srery’s name was identified as a match two years later in 2023. Moreover, it was uncovered that Srery was a US citizen who was illegally residing in Canada at the time. Anyone with information on Srery’s activities in the Calgary area from 1974 to 1978 is urged to contact the Alberta RCMP Historical Homicide Unit for further assistance.

The identification of Srery as the perpetrator of these heinous crimes serves as a reminder of the importance of advancements in technology and the use of innovative investigative methods in solving cold cases. The collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies across international borders highlight the significance of cooperation in bringing justice to victims and closure to their families.