VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Missing woman alive and well, task force told
Father says daughter living in Quebec
Monday, April 01, 2002
One of Vancouver's missing women is reportedly alive and well and living in Quebec.
The father of Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx Xxxxxxx called police last Thursday to say his 29-year-old daughter is doing just fine.
"He contacted us and let us know that he has been in contact with her," RCMP media relations Constable Catherine Galliford said Sunday.
Investigators with the missing women's task force still want to speak with the woman before closing the file, Galliford said. "But according to her father, she is alive and well."
Police asked for the public's help last week in locating Xxxxxx and four other women who investigators were considering adding to the list of 50 women who have disappeared from the Downtown Eastside since 1983.
Police said the five women fit the profile of the others on the list because they had all been involved in drugs or the sex trade in the city's poorest neighbourhood.
Robert (Willy) Pickton, a 52-year-old Port Coquitlam pig farmer, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the confirmed deaths of two of the 50 missing women -- Mona Wilson and Sereena Abotsway.
Pickton is slated to appear in court Tuesday.
A team of Vancouver police and RCMP investigators continue to search Pickton's farm for clues to the disappearances of the other women, most of whom disappeared after 1995.
Xxxxxx was reported missing to Vancouver police on Jan. 1, 1997, but had been seen in Toronto in 1999.
Galliford said Sunday that police had been contact with Xxxxxxx mother before releasing her name to the public last week. The mother assured investigators that her daughter was still missing.
"Her mom was aware that we were going to be asking the media for assistance in locating her," Galliford said. "But we hadn't been in contact with her father."
Police are still asking for help locating Yvonne Marie Boen, Maria Laura Laliberte, Tiffany Louise Drew, and Ruby Anne Hardy.
Anyone with information on these or any of the missing women is asked to call the police tip line at 1-877-687-3377.
This is not the first time that police have found one of the women alive.
In 1999, Vancouver police located two of the women by searching a medical database. A third woman contacted her family from a psychiatric hospital in Arizona.
Police also confirmed that year that two other women on the list were found to have died, one from heart problems related to hepatitis C, the other from a heroin overdose.
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Updated: August 21, 2016