VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Memorial service held for woman whose DNA was found at Pickton farm
By TIFFANY CRAWFORD
Sun, February 1, 2004
CHILLIWACK, B.C. (CP) - Traditional native prayers and a Christian service were mixed Sunday as family and friends held a memorial for Dawn Crey.
A pink rose lies in front of a picture of Dawn Crey during a memorial service in Chilliwack, B.C. (CP/Richard Lam)
It was a day her family had hoped would never come. Last week, police announced Crey's DNA was found at the farm of alleged serial killer Robert William Pickton. Joe Alec, an elder of the Cheam band to which the Crey family belongs, drummed and sang a prayer of healing as the 200-strong congregation stood in Crey's honour.
Before the altar, a single pink rose adorned a picture of Crey, who went missing in December 2000 at age 43.
For brother Ernie Crey, who was informed of the police finding Jan. 15, the service was deeply emotional.
"It was a very moving memorial," he said, tears staining his cheeks. "It was difficult to sit through but we are here for Dawn and we need to bid farewell.
"There is no better place than this church, where she and her son went to and where she found Jesus."
With Ernie Crey, his siblings and family, were members of the family of Jake and Marie Wiebe, who became Dawn's step-parents when she was nine.
"Dawn had two families in this life - our family and the Wiebes who raised her in the Christian faith and who loved her," Ernie Crey said. "Their kids saw her as their own sister.
"I am deeply appreciative of the time she spent in their home and the love they shared (with) my sister. I know my sister will be carried into eternity," added Crey.
Wes Wiebe eulogized his stepsister. "Until recently, we had expected that one day she would walk through the door as though she had never left.
"She was artistic, she loved to draw and arrange flowers. I consider myself Dawn's little brother. She was a provocative girl who came easily into our family. She had a distinctive laugh that was contagious. She always pushed her limits. She learned how to swim despite being afraid of water."
Dawn Crey was among more than 60 women who vanished from Vancouver's seedy and drug-infested downtown eastside in the past 20 years.
Police announced Jan. 27 that they had found her DNA, along with that of five other women, at Pickton's farm.
They also announced finding three other, unidentified DNA profiles.
Pickton, 54, is charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder in the missing women case.
In December, the Crown announced its intention to lay an additional seven counts against the resident of Port Coquitlam, 45 minutes east of Vancouver.
His case is not expected to go to trial until late this year or early in 2005.
Police executed a raid on the farm owned by Pickton and his two siblings on Feb. 6, 2002.
Investigators wrapped up a mass excavation and property search in November.
The charges against Pickton so far are four more than the number admitted to by Canada's most notorious serial killer, Clifford Robert Olson.
Updated: August 21, 2016