VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Police reveal anonymous letter believed to be from killer of woman who went missing in 2002
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
VANCOUVER - More than four years ago, a mysterious tipster contacted police, revealing that a woman had disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The tipster didn't name the missing woman but said she went missing the previous month.
Police checked and found Danielle Larue, 25, went missing in December 2002. She was a native woman from B.C.'s Interior.
At the time, January 2003, police suspected foul play and appealed for those who might have information about the case to come forward, including the tipster who contacted police and provided cryptic information in a typed letter.
But the case remains unsolved, despite dozens of interviews conducted by police.
This week, Global News reporter John Daly revisited the case and publicly revealed for the first time the letter mailed by the apparent killer to police on New Year's Eve, 2002.
"I send this letter so you can notify her family. If you can, please make mention of her name in The Vancouver Sun. I would like to know who she was," says the letter, which was provided to The Sun by Global BC.
"To her family," the letter continued, "I am more sorry for this than you can imagine. I did not intend this but [I] am still responsible. Wish I could take it back but can't. She will not be unmourned . . . . I know you can't forgive me but please believe I tried my very hardest to bring her back."
The letter was unsigned and contained no contact information.
The case is part of a week-long Global BC series focusing on unsolved murder files of the Vancouver police homicide squad.
The television report said Larue was a drug addict involved in the sex trade. She reportedly ran away from home at 14, worked the streets of Prince George and, after her mother died of cancer in 1995, drifted to Vancouver.
Larue had several distinctive tattoos, including a black heart and cross on her forearm and a heart on her chest.
The letter was received by Vancouver police after the arrest of Robert (Willie) Pickton on Feb. 22, 2002.
Pickton, now 57, was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder. More charges were added.
© The Vancouver Sun 2007
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