Six week search of Watford landfill failed to find murder victim


York Regional Police say they did not find the body of a woman murdered in Vaughan in the landfill in Watford.

That was one of the revelations as the police held a news conference to announce an international campaign and a $50,000 reward to find the man charged with first degree murder in the deaths of Quoc Tran and Kristy Nguyen.

Police say Tran and Nguyen were killed in a targeted attack near a warehouse in Vaughn. The couple knew the man now wanted by police – Mike Nguyen – although police say he’s not related to the victims.

The search for clues led York Police to the Twin Creeks Landfill in Watford just after the murders. They found the body of Tran there. Police say he had been shot.

But what exactly happened to Nguyen isn’t clear. After six weeks of searching in Watford, York Police turned its attention to a US landfill, but her body was never found. “We believe a firearm was involved but we can’t confirm it since Kristy has not been found,” said Superintendent Rhonda Coristine.

One person, Recaldo Liburd, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of murder. He’s in custody until a hearing slated in July.

Police Chief Jim MacSween says the department is working with BOLO – a group which publicizes some of the most wanted people in Canada and the US on social media – and has offered a $50,000 reward for any information which would lead to the arrest of Mike Nguyen who is facing two first degree murder charges.

He was last detected leaving Canada for Mexico Sept. 20, 2021.

McSween is hopeful the campaign and the reward will stir up new clues. “The brutal tragic murders…have devastated family and friends and the entire community,” he says.

McSween read a statement from Kristy Nguyen’s family, who said every day since Kristy’s murder “has been filled with anguish.

“At least one person out there has the answers we so desperately need…to help ease some of our pain,” McSween read, adding the police are asking Mike Nguyen to get a lawyer and turn himself in.