MISSING WOMAN FOUND
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April 27, 2002
A Kitchener, Ontario man is relieved and overjoyed to be reunited with
his sister, who he feared had died on a BC pig farm. Robert Sexsmith had been
searching for his sister Linda, and feared she was one of the missing women
from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
His search began in 1990, but something went wrong and he was told by
authorities that his sister was dead. Then he saw his sister's face on TV,
displayed as one of the women missing from Vancouver. A new search involving
police at several different levels finally found his sister in Winnipeg.
They were reunited this morning in Kitchener. Sexsmith says his sister
has turned her life around. Linda Sexsmith is warning young people that life
on the streets is a scary and lonely existence.
Man suspects sister is among
the missing in B.C.
Wednesday February 13, 2002
KITCHENER -- It's been more than 20 years since Robert Sexsmith last saw his
troubled sister Linda, and now he fears she may finally have been found.
The Kitchener man wonders if his younger
sister is among the 50 women who have gone missing from Vancouver's east side
since the early 1980s.
Linda Sexsmith vanished from her family farm
in Carrying Place, near Trenton, in 1980 and they never heard from her again.
"I wonder if Linda is one of those
faces," said Sexsmith while carefully scanning mug shots of the missing
women published yesterday in a national newspaper.
A joint RCMP-Vancouver city police task
force is searching a pig farm about 35 kilometres east of Vancouver after
receiving a tip that the Port Coquitlam site contains evidence important to
Sexsmith contacted RCMP and they're
interested in learning more about the disappearance of his sister, who would
now be about 47.
One picture closely resembled Linda,
although Sexsmith wasn't certain because he only saw his sister a few times as
an adult and that was decades ago.
However, among the nationally publicized
pictures was a woman Sexsmith's other sister immediately recognized as Linda's
friend Carol, a tough-talking native woman who stayed at the farm briefly
before both women vanished.
Shortly after, the Sexsmith family heard
rumours that the pair headed out west. Both young women had a history of drug
abuse and prostitution, as well as run-ins with police for theft.
"They were buddies, they were a
team," Sexsmith said.
"If Carol is there, then Linda would be
"There" is a farm where more than
80 police investigators, including 40 forensic specialists, have been combing
through buildings, junked cars, mounds of dirt and other material.
For the last week they've been looking for
signs some of the 50 women may have been here before vanishing over the last
Not a shred of evidence has been publicly
disclosed -- though unconfirmed reports said police found identification and a
woman's inhaler at the site.
But friends, relatives and supporters of the
missing women have flocked to the location, both hoping and fearing what may
be found here.
Police set up a tent reserved for victims'
families and made it off-limits to the media.
"We ask you to understand the emotional
needs of others,'' Vancouver Det. Scott Driemel told reporters outside the
Emotions have been equally raw for Sexsmith,
as he hopes for some clue of his sister's fate. The last time he saw Linda was
in 1980, when she came to her older brother for help.
"She was trying to get herself back
into the straight and narrow," he recalled.
After just a few days in Toronto, Linda went
to visit her mother and sister on the family farm, saying she'd return soon to
"She just never came back."
For years, the Sexsmiths tried to track down
their missing sister, with no luck.
With files from Canadian Press