VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Remains ID'd at Pickton farm
Saturday, June 14, 2003
Another family of one of B.C.'s missing women is grieving after receiving notification that the woman's remains have been found at the Pickton farm in Port Coquitlam.
Tiffany Louise Drew was last seen in December 1999, but was only reported missing to the joint RCMP-Vancouver Police Missing Women Task Force in February 2002, days after the search of the notorious Dominion Avenue pig farm began.
One of the farm's owners, Robert (Willy) Pickton faces 15 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of women who disappeared from Vancouver Downtown Eastside, most of whom were involved in prostitution or struggling with drug addiction.
Drew's cousin in Victoria, Cori Wilson, confirmed the family had received the grim news about Drew. But she declined to comment further, saying the family "do not wish to speak about it."
Drew's sister Kelly Prado, who lives with her family in Bellingham, also declined an interview request Friday.
A preliminary hearing in the Pickton case resumes in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on June 30 under a sweeping ban on publication.
Task force investigators are not commenting on anything they have told relatives of the missing women.
Constable Catherine Galliford, who speaks for the task force, said she cannot disclose anything that has been told to relatives.
"We have an obligation to share certain information with the families, but that obligation does not extend to the public and the media," Galliford said Friday.
In addition to the women Pickton is accused of killing, the remains of several others have also been found at the Port Coquitlam property.
At least four other families, besides Drew's, have publicly confirmed that they have been notified by police of the discovery of their loved one's remains at the farm.
But additional charges have not been laid against Pickton since last year. His preliminary hearing began in February and continued for three months before an eight-week adjournment. Pickton's trial is not expected to begin for at least a year.
Pickton has been in custody since February 2002, when he was charged with the murders of Sereena Abbotsway and Mona Wilson.
The largest crime scene investigation in Canadian history led to the laying of 13 additional charges in the deaths of Diane Rock, Jacquilene McDonell, Heather Bottomley, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe, Jennifer Furminger, Helen Hallmark, Patricia Johnson, Georgina Papin, Heather Chinnock, Tanya Holyk, Sherry Irving and Inga Hall.
Earlier this week, a publisher confirmed that a Seattle reporter has a 272-page mass market paperback on the case, titled The Pig Farm Murders, ready to go. But because of the ban, Berkley Publishing Group, an affiliate of Penguin Books, is holding off on its release.
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Updated: August 21, 2016