VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Victoria woman's DNA at pig farm
Police question how the sex-trade worker got to the Port Coquitlam home of Robert (Willie) Pickton
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The Missing Women's Task Force is trying to retrace the steps of Victoria prostitute Nancy Clark, who disappeared in 1991, after confirming her DNA was found on the Port Coquitlam pig farm of accused serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton.
CREDIT: Glenn Baglo, Vancouver Sun file
RCMP Cpl. Pierre Lemaitre said finding Clark's DNA on the farm was "unexpected" because she was not known to come to Vancouver.
This brings to 33 the total number of women whose DNA has been found so far on Pickton's farm, as DNA labs across the country continue to analyse exhibits seized from the property in 2002 and 2003.
RCMP Cpl. Pierre Lemaitre, who speaks for the task force, said it will join forces with Victoria police to figure out how Clark got to Port Coquitlam, when it was very out of character for her to leave the capital.
"[This] opens a whole new avenue which, of course, they're going to follow up on because no one knows at this point in time -- she was last seen in downtown Victoria -- how she ended up there," he said.
And the task force will also look at whether Pickton ever travelled to Vancouver Island. "I'm sure that's going to be a scenario that they'll look at," Lemaitre added.
A man who answered the phone at Clark's mother's Victoria house said the family did not want to speak about the development in the 15-year-old case.
Victoria police said Wednesday it was emotional for the family to hear this unexpected news after years of silence.
"I think [the family was] saddened, but at the same time relieved after quite some time of not hearing anything, suddenly getting a development like this," said Acting Insp. Les Sylven.
Pickton stands charged with killing 26 missing sex-trade workers whose DNA was located on the Port Coquitlam property.
Lemaitre said police will now put together a charge-approval report for Crown counsel regarding the Clark DNA.
However, Crown spokesman Stan Lowe said the prosecution is focusing on Pickton's first trial into six of the murder charges, which is expected to last most of next year. Only after that hearing is over, and before his next trial on the 20 counts begins, would the Crown consider any new charges against Pickton.
Lemaitre said finding Clark's DNA on the farm was "unexpected" because she was not known to come to Vancouver.
"The whole focus of the missing women's task force was to hone in on the missing women from the Downtown Eastside, and for this one to surface was obviously unusual," he said.
The task force is not opening up its investigation into other missing Vancouver Island prostitutes, unless evidence surfaces to suggest a link, Lemaitre said.
The 26 women Pickton is accused of killing disappeared between 1995 and 2001.
Clark would be one of the earliest known alleged victims linked to the farm.
Clark, also known as Nancy Greek, was 25 when she was last seen in downtown Victoria on the evening of Aug. 22, 1991. An extensive police investigation was conducted at that time.
She was not added to the official list of more than 60 missing women until December, 2001.
Concerns about Clark's well-being were raised one day after her disappearance because she had failed to return home to look after her two daughters -- aged eight months and eight years -- which was out of character.
"It was the birthday of her child that day, and for a sex street worker, she was a bit of a home-body. That's what was suspicious at the start, because she would never have done that," now-retired Victoria police Sgt. Don Bland said in 2001.
In an interview days after her disappearance, Clark's brother, Doug Greek, said his sister, who was on welfare, stopped working the streets after another Victoria sex-trade worker was found slain, but returned about two weeks before her disappearance.
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© The Vancouver Sun 2006
Updated: August 21, 2016