Did a mysterious hitchhiker murder a med student in the Canadian wilderness?
On June 14th, 1988, 25-year-old Philip Fraser, the son of two physicians, left his home in Anchorage, Alaska, to enroll in a pre-med course at Evergreen College in Washington State. Philip had packed everything he owned for the trip, including two handguns. On June 17th, after losing two days to car trouble, Philip crossed the border into Canada. Craig Gates was a corporal with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the time of Philip’s crossing:
After a one-day delay, Philip Fraser was again, on his way. His guns became the property of the Canadian government. The next day, six hundred miles south of the border checkpoint, a hitchhiker was dropped off at a local café south of the border. Café owner Gaye Frocklage was working when the hitchhiker stopped in:
Gaye’s daughter, Tina, was also working at the cafe:
Nobody was in the café at the time, and Gaye worried for her daughter’s safety:
The vehicle was Philip Fraser’s. Meanwhile, inside the café Gaye was relieved when the hitchhiker finally finished his meal. He paid for his bill in Canadian money. Gale then watched as the hitchhiker approached Philip’s car:
According to Gaye, it was then that Philip drove off with the hitchhiker in his car:
Eight hours later and 200 miles south of the Café, Eddie and Pauline Olson, of Kitwanga, Canada, pulled over to help a stranded motorist. Eddie Olson remembered how nervous the man was:
Eddie Olson offered to let him sleep in their basement for the night. The next morning, the young man told Edie that his parents were both doctors in Anchorage and that he was on his way to college in the States, to study medicine:
The Olsons were surprised when the young man pulled out two wallets and began to behave secretively. He gave the Olsons twenty dollars in American money, then left to fix his car. Within an hour, the young man was back on the road, headed south. The car trouble had turned out to be nothing more than a broken fan belt.
Then, just twelve hours later, the charred ruins of Philip Fraser’s car were found at a car wash in Prince George, British Columbia, 300 miles from the Olson’s home. According to Corporal Gates, the car was completely gutted prior to being set on fire:
Philip’s father, Dr. Robert Fraser, was not very hopeful after hearing the news:
Six weeks later, Dr. Fraser was informed that his son’s body had been found seventy miles from the Olson’s home:
What really happened along that lovely stretch of Canadian highway? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police believed that the mysterious hitchhiker learned everything he could about Philip and then killed him. Corporal Gates believed the hitchhiker assumed Philip’s identity, stole his possessions, and finally, attempted to destroy the car:
The authorities believe that the hitchhiker is familiar with Toronto and Seattle and may be using Philip’s name—Philip Innes Fraser. Among the items never recovered were Philip’s birth certificate, visa, passport, and checkbook.
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And one last thing I would love to add regarding this case,is that when they found Blair Adams dead in Knoxville Tennessee. They have recovered gold bars Platinum, and Canadian and US currency in his possession,along with car keys that didn’t fit the car he rented,so my guess considering that they found Philip Fraser car,but they never found the keys to his car. I wonder if the keys that was found in Blair Adams possession could have belonged to Philip Fraser,I do believe law enforcement needs to find out where those keys belong too.
Mitch Irvin Lomax
Interesting theory but why would he still have the keys? Fraser was murdered 8 years prior.
I really believe America really hates the truth,or just plain naive just to say the least. And I express that so many times and it’s not forwarding progress to even comprehend that really to some individuals who just plain can’t stand to look thru the looking glass,and see things that’s been in our sight the whole time,and one of these is this case. The murder of pre med student Philip Fraser and regarding who the mysterious hitchhiker was who took his life June of 1988 in the Canada country. As of now if you been studying not only this case,but every case that’s been broadcast on unsolved mysteries dating back to the 80’s and thru the whole 90’s decade,who in turn has lived thru those generations should known the true elements behind most of these cases now,and by what I came across for decades involving this case,and the case of the mysterious death of Blair Adams in 1996. I have came to a dramatic conclusion that Blair Adams was that mysterious hitchhiker who murdered Philip innes Fraser in British Columbia Canada in June of 1988. It’s to much coincidences regarding Blair Adams in relation to the Philip Fraser case, for it without a reasonable doubt to be a coincidence at all but a dark reality to say the least. As some speculations can’t be mixed with facts,but regarding this information here facts eliminates all speculations regarding weather or not my conclusion regarding weather or not Blair Adams was that mysterious hitchhiker who murdered Philip Fraser back in 1988 is true or false I only says that the truth always been right there,and I believe without a doubt Blair Adams was that mysterious hitchhiker who murdered this prominent young man in the late 80’s as some photos of him matches the police drawing of the mysterious hitchhiker in 1988 in the Philip Fraser case,plus he matches the mysterious hitchhiker height and weight according to the witnesses mother and daughter who got the first glance look at the unknown man who entered and ate in they diner, which they place the mysterious hitchhiker age between 20 -25 years old. Well according to google the year of birth for Blair Adams is 1964. And if u calculate that year to 1988 then u would know that places Blair Adams age at 24. Which to me almost 100% match of to the age of the mysterious hitchhiker who murdered Philip Fraser,and how I believe solely that Blair Adams was that mysterious hitchhiker for the simple fact that he was from and has lived in the same British Columbia Canada where Philip Fraser entered after he crossed the Canadian border doing that time,but from my calculation Blair Adams was back and forth from British Columbia Canada to the us. Philip Fraser car was found not far from where Blair Adams lived which he lived in Surrey British Columbia Canada,and Philip Fraser car was found at a auto body burned up like 329 miles somewhere in British Columbia Canada not far from where Blair Adams lived. Plus law enforcement investigating this case has stated that the mysterious hitchhiker who killed Philip Fraser was familiar with the Toronto and Seattle Washington area in the us,now this what really makes me believe that Blair Adams was that mysterious hitchhiker who killed Philip Fraser is for the fact as law enforcement stated that the suspect was familiar with the Toronto and Seattle Washington area,eight years after the Philip Fraser murder Blair Adams suddenly left British Columbia Canada and boarded a plane, and the first place he landed that would prove he was Philip Fraser killer in 1988 and how police said Fraser killer was familiar with the Seattle Washington area,as Blair Adams landed in Seattle Washington as soon as he landed in the us. This to me is starting regarding the Philip Fraser case,and Blair Adams last days alive eight years after Philip Fraser murder is truly remarkable and suspicious,as he was very high paranoid as he knew he have done something terribly bad like he was hiding something and I believe it was something he did in his past that cause him to leave well my opinion fled British Columbia To the us. My beliefs he done something terrible to cause him to fled British Columbia and that is kill Philip Fraser eight years prior to his death,and he knew it was a matter of time before law enforcement closed in on him for that, since high profile crime shows broadcast the Philip Fraser case,and he was killed from other type criminal elements he was involved in but this time he stepped on the wrong toes,and ended up dead his damnself in 1996 in Tennessee,but I do believe he was the mysterious hitchhiker who killed Philip Fraser in 1988.
I believe you’re right. The resemblance is too damn similar. You could have been a detective.
I believe Fraser’s body was found on the road between Meziadin and Stewart, BC.
Perhaps Philip turned right and was trying to reach Stewart raher than continuing
south to Kitwanga.
People! He did not let him in! If he was freaked out by the hitch hiker and trying to drive off. Hello! The hitch hiker was obviously pulling a gun on him low so no one could see it! He was forced by a gun to give that guy a ride. I get upset every time I think the owner of the restaurant watched this happened and never had wisdom to understand the evil that was going on in front of her face. It makes me upset that he was being abused fighting for his life and she says ” he’s going to live to regret giving that man a ride.” Talk about how evil! If I would have been there I am wise enough to call the cops and tell them a hitch hiker was pointing a gun at someone for a ride and tell the police in which direction the car drove off in. Bad things happen when no one who cares is around to stop them.
But… Phil was smart and not naive, but he was trusting, and caring. I could envision him figuring he’d give the guy a ride down the road or whatever and be done with it. I don’t think he was stupid or oblivious, but I don’t think his first thought about some stranger is that they are a murderer or something. I think of Phil as the kind of guy that would go to Woodstock and share his food and tent and be casual friends in passing. Source: I knew Phil. So, I think he may have casually given someone the benefit of the doubt and “trusted” them, when he shouldn’t have. This is just my gut feeling.
As far as we know, she didn’t see a gun. Guns aren’t as common in Canada as they are in the USA. Citizen don’t have the right to bear arm. It’s really not part of the culture to think that someone has a gun. Also, the restaurant-gas station is hundred of miles from everything. It’s not like she would call and a Policeman would arrive in 20 min. We are talking hours.
Sorry but if it’s supposed to be all if these folks that we’ve got witnessed the guy w the young man that should be able to pick him out of a line up ok atleast 4 folks the Olsen family and the waitress and her mother is all that I’m going to say is can’t you just give them a line up of pictures to look through its only common sense but apparently the Canadian government doesn’t care about American s in their country and not one person mentioned whether or not he had a Canadian accent or not because that’s kind of an important factor in all of this and how was he killed because if he was shot then that explains why he picked him up in the first place because he threatened him someway because idek wtf he’d even change his mind after ole boy chased him down
This case has always intrigued and fascinated me. Has anything ever come out of this? I can’t beleive there are no leads on this.
I know she had FB according to this website. But I only found Gaye Pauline Frocklage? I did send messages to her but she didn’t reply
If you think you have found the killer/hitchhiking you should just ask Gaye Frocklage to identify him. I still don’t get why this case wasn’t solved. The are still too many question marks.
Does anyone take a look at Roger Hoan Brady?
His age, appearance(especially compared with first composite — this hitchhiker may not alter his appearance at that time. And, Jesus! Hairstyle, eyebrows, eyes, mouth, how similar!) and location are resemble as hell!
Blair was born in 1964
I wasn’t able to reply to that specific comment.
I’m calling it now. Blair Adams was the mysterious hitchiker. Look at Blair Adams photos to this suspect composite.
He wasn’t even born yet. This happend in 1988. Blair was born in 91.
Some of these guesses don’t seem to consider geography at all. Buffalo, NY, for example, is extremely far away from Yukon Territory and Northern BC.
Robert Elmer Kleason
Now dead serialkiller Robert Elmer Kleason look a lot like the police scetches of the hitchhiker the witnesses saw getting into Fraser’s car. Kleason lived in Buffalo close to the Canadian border at the time of Fraser’s disappearance. At the time Kleason had just managed to get out of death row due to a technicality, and his face was all over the media. Isn’t it possible he went to Canada to avoid media attention? And with no money after quite some time in jail he should have been pretty desperate for cash, and was possibly hitchhiking.
I’ve tried to find out where Kleason went inbetween his release and later moving to England, but with no luck.
This was before DNA mind you. If I’m right it’s quite possible that the canadian police never looked at Kleason as a possible suspect.
Just a thought.
I found the cafe owner Gaye Frocklage on Face book. She told me that the 40 mile cafe isn’t there anymore, they sold it in 1997 and the rest of the land in 1999. She said Phillip seemed a very nice guy and exactly what she said on UM is what happened. She told it as it unfolded. Philip was driving away and they exchanged a few words and so it seemed that Philip let him in. I didn’t want to keep bothering her with questions, seemed like a nice lady.
It suddenly struck me that maybe the hitchhiker while jogging beside Phillip’s car before getting in threatened Phillip…not with danger to himself – he can clearly just drive off…but with the two women in the diner.
Explains why Phillip changed his mind about picking the stranger up. A single young man may think of himself a bigger challenge to kill than 2 women, and if he’s driving…that gives him some (misguided) sense of control over the situation.
This story creeps me out more than any other on Unsolved. I like road trips and traveling. Phillip was traveling to college and he was murdered so far away from home. The Canadians shouldn’t have taken the guns as Phillip was just passing through. This guy definitely looks like a creep and I would hate to run into him. Hope he is caught. He makes me scared to pick up hitchhikers.
You should never in your lifetime ever pick up a hitchhiker under no circumstances. Even if it’s a woman.
I ran across the name of Ronald Dominique on the internet, a serial killer from Louisiana who murdered and raped men. His looks similar to the composite.
Most definitely wouldn’t have been Ronald Dominique, as he didn’t go on a murder spree until 1997 (according to several websites), 9 years after Phillip died. Plus, Phillip was traveling from Alaska to Washington state, while Ronald did his “dirt” in Louisiana.
Has anyone ever thought to type that name on Facebook and see who comes up?
FRASER” WELL”I” UNDERSTAND YOUR INTEREST BUT “WHY” NOT TELL ME THAT IS WHY U SAID I WAS DUE SOUTH? NOW MY HELACOPTER IS BEHIND “MY” AIRPORT.
Has anybody else ever speculated that this case might be related to the Blair Adams case (also featured on UM)?
I’ve always pondered this because a couple of the composites really look like some of the pictures they show of Adams. Specifically composite #2 looks almost identical to a picture they show of Adams.
Dalton’s too young. He would have only been between 17 or 18 at the time of the murder.
I saw this story last night for the first time. This morning I saw the news from Michigan about the Uber driver named Jason Dalton, who killed several people. The sketches of the hitchhiker look very much like Jason Dalton. Has anyone else thought this?
Michael Wayne McGray. Born just north of Toronto, and implicated (by his own admission) in several hitchhiker-style killings in British Columbia and Seattle. Physically fits the profile of Fraser’s killer.
But he was in prison a-t-il the time.
I really feel for Phillip Fraser — could have been me! A few years ago I picked up a young woman who was running in the street at night, as I exited a freeway offramp. She shouted something to me as I passed her. I was afraid that if I didn’t let her in my car the next motorist might hit her. Her eyes were fearful and she said someone was trying to kill her. I’m also a young woman and I felt for her. I took her to an emergency room, and she told story after story about being held against her will, raped, pursued… until I realized they didn’t make any sense and she was either on drugs or mentally ill. The intake nurses and I tried to calm her and keep her there, but she ran back out into the night. I was so concerned about her safety (and the safety of other drivers) that I notified the police. Eventually she was picked up by the police and arrested, but they couldn’t tell me what the charges were. Good thing her paranoia didn’t turn on me!
I just saw this episode on tv and the three drawings of that hitchhiker LOOKS like my brother who is on America’s most wanted and still being hunted for…. I believe it is him. his name is howard james nodine the 3rd 3rd belive hitchhicker
Thank you Joseph – we have passed the information along to the law enforcement agency handling the case.
I compared both the composite drawings and the picture of Howard James Nodine. They look very similar.
He looks exactly like the hitchhiker, holy sh!t
Geez! Did anything came pur from this tip?
A few things that I’m curious about are, how was the hitchhiker acting that was so creepy to the cafe workers? What was he doing exactly that made them so nervous and so certain he was bad news? They don’t really say. You normally just don’t look at someone who looks out of place and say “that man is dangerous”.
I think it would help if they explained that a little more. Maybe someone would recognize him for something creepy that he does.
What I find really disturbing is that he basically chased Frazer in his car after he clearly refused to give him a ride. I guess being kind doesn’t pay off after all.
Frankly, if anyone ever ran alongside my car after I told them “no” then I would’ve been out of there in record time. I really wonder what he said to him to get him to stop and let him in. Was it something that made him feel bad for him or was it some type of threat? I’m leaning more towards the former simply because if he did in fact threaten him, he probably wouldn’t have stopped.
Another thing that bothers me a lot is who was the person that dropped off the hitchhiker at the cafe? Didn’t the cafe workers see the car and able to describe it? At least the color, make and model? I really think that would have been a huge key to solving this case. Even if they weren’t able to describe the car then this driver must have heard about this case by now. Something just doesn’t add up with that. Maybe it’s possible that it was someone the hitchhiker knew? Or possibly even related to?
I think it’s more than likely that this hitchhiker/killer is from the area where he had ditched the car. At least close to where he wanted to go. If not then he would’ve more than likely had to get a ride from another motorist and that person could have identified him eventually and told police where he had brought him.
So it makes sense that he is or was from the British Columbia area.
I am personally shocked that this scumbag has never been identified. Maybe the story wasn’t big enough for too many to notice.
Its too bad that there weren’t better detectives on the case. I have no doubt that it would’ve been solved if there were.
They actually think this guy is/was using Frazer’s name and information as his own? That’s just ridiculous.
Unfortunately, since it has been this long, and the crime scene spans several areas, states, and even countries, I am quite certain that they will never solve this case.
It’s just sad. Such a bright kid with a promising future.
I think that the women who owned/worked in the cafe were right to be suspicious of the hitchhiker. I wonder what the guy said to get into Philip’s car, because it seems like Philip didn’t want to pick him up, so I wonder if the hitchhiker threatened him or something.
Phillip left the café with the hitchhiker, eight hours later the Olson’s picked up the hitch hiker. It seems the hitcher hiker murdered Phillip and assumes Phillip’s identity. The hitch hiker has things people just don’t leave behind (birth paper, passport, checkbook),The Olsen’s claim the hitch hiker had two wallets and began to behave secretively. The Olson’s picks up the hitch hiker and offered a tow to their home, also offered to let him sleep in their basement for the night. Hmmm. That was a devastating blow to that family. I wonder why he didn’t try to call his parents to inform them of his car troubles, maybe they could have suggested something or at least know his whereabouts and what is going on.
He didn’t call his parents because he was dead :-/ it quite clearly states that the hitch hiker impersonated Phillip when the Olsens stopped to help….
Obviously hitchhiker stole Phil’s identity to help himself. I remember this case more than any other because of the randomness of it. Been a long time but I hope some day they catch that scumbag.
Compare a picture of Howard James Nodine and the composite drawings. They look similar.
The Hitchhiker wasn’t the one with the parents, it was Phillip. I also believe that the Hitchhiker not only stole Phillip’s Identity and his possessions but might’ve killed him to do it too. Hitchhiker is/was an ugly personality. However, Phillip seemed like a nice young gentleman with a beautiful personality. Phillip reminded me of this white boy in my computer class who gave me sunglasses at the end of the semester.
The composite looks very much like my cousins who were living in Alaska at the time. Their father and half his cousins had been in jail for fraud, stealing selling drugs. If it was any part of this line of my family I can well imagine they were capable of murder. My cousins had deep set brown eyes and had like colored to dark brown hair but all had dark brown bushy eye brows except for 1. Several had the same hair cut but then sometimes would cut it in a surfer type hair cut pulled to the left side.
Call the police then if you think it’s your cousins
What I’m wondering is they say that his body was found 70 miles from the Olson’s home. In which direction? That could help determine a lot. I’m guessing he was found between the café and the Olson’s house. If he was found past the Olson’s house his body must have been in the trunk the whole time, which seems unlikely if he was trying to sell the car to the Olson’s. Very curious case. Seems like someone would have to know something.
The interesting point is what happened to the hitchiker just prior to Fraser’s meeing with the Olsons. Did he leave Fraser, and then catch up with him the next day? If Fraser was so afraid of this person, why did he pick them up? I am assuming that it was the hitchhiker who murdered Fraser, took all of his belongings and torched his car. If not, then Fraser was murdered by another person, who was not the hitchhiker.
It was the hitchiker that stayed with them. He was pretending to be Fraser.
It was the hitchhiker with the Olsens
It was the hitchhiker posing as Fraser.