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Pickton farm yields another missing woman's DNA

Lori Culbert
CanWest News Service

December 19, 2007

VANCOUVER - A B.C. woman has announced her sister's DNA was found on Robert (Willie) Pickton's farm - bringing the tally to 30 women on the official police list of 65 missing women to be linked to the Pickton investigation through DNA testing.

Daphne Pierre said she was told by police her sister Jackie Murdock's DNA was found on the farm, but was asked not to tell anyone until Pickton's trial ended.

Pickton was convicted earlier this month on six counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.

"They told me that they had found her DNA at the (Pickton) pig farm. It made me feel really sad, and I thought I had cried enough," said the Surrey, B.C., woman.

The Missing Women Task Force confirmed Wednesday that Murdock's DNA was located, but Staff Sgt. Wayne Clary would say nothing further because Pickton still faces a second trial on 20 more murder charges.

Clary said it will ultimately be up to Crown prosecutors to decide whether to charge Pickton with any new murder counts before his second trial begins.

DNA from the six women he was convicted of killing, the 20 women at the centre of his second trial, and four more women - including Murdock - for whom charges have not been laid has all been found on the farm.

In addition, the tally of possible victims also includes four more women who police have been unable to identify yet. The remains include a rib and heel bone of a victim dubbed "Jane Doe" that were found buried on Pickton's farm.

Pierre said the last time she saw her sister was in November 1996 in the Downtown Eastside. She was 25 at the time.

"She was so happy to see me. She started crying and said, 'I don't want to go back out there,'" Pierre said.

Pierre reported her youngest sister - and mother of five - missing in 1997. She said she heard nothing further about Murdock until members of the Missing Women Task Force visited her in 2004.

Pierre said police would not tell her what exactly they found bearing her sister's DNA.

"They wouldn't even tell my mom . . . because of the next trial," Pierre said. "She wanted to have a memorial service."

Pierre said she is hopeful there will be a criminal charge laid in connection with her sister's case.

"I wouldn't mind (Pickton) going to trial for that too, but that doesn't give me any answers regarding my sister - or to bring her home," said Pierre.

Murdock was the youngest daughter in a large First Nations family from Fort St. James, B.C.

"When she was younger, when she was a little girl, we used to put lots of ponytails in her hair. She used to be really cute, very chubby. She was a very intelligent little girl," Pierre recalled.

Things deteriorated when Murdock got older, however, and she was eventually seized from her parents and put into foster care. After a series of runaway attempts, she ended up on the Downtown Eastside.

Vancouver Sun

 CanWest News Service 2007

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Another woman's DNA found on Pickton pig farm
 
Lori Culbert
Vancouver Sun
Daphne Pierre holds a poster showing of missing women. Among them is her sister Jackie Murdock.
CREDIT: Ward Perrin/Vancouver Sun
Daphne Pierre holds a poster showing of missing women. Among them is her sister Jackie Murdock.

Jackie Murdock was wearing a long, pink trench coat as she sold sex to support her drug habit, the last time her sister tracked her down in the Downtown Eastside.

"She was so happy to see me. She started crying and said, 'I don't want to go back out there,'" Murdock's sister, Daphne Pierre, recalled this week.

"I said, 'Go home. Phone home.' I said, 'Mom's worried about you.' She said, 'I love Mom a lot but I can't go home.'"

That was November 1996 and it was the last time Pierre saw Murdock, who was then just 25 years old.

She reported her youngest sister missing in 1997, and seven years later received a visit from members of the Missing Women Task Force.

"They told me that they had found her DNA at the [Pickton] pig farm. It made me feel really sad, and I thought I had cried enough," Pierre said.

Murdock is the 30th woman on the official police list of 65 missing women to be linked through DNA testing to the Robert (Willie) Pickton serial killer investigation.

Pierre said police asked her not to tell anyone about the development until the conclusion of Pickton's first trial, which ended over a week ago with the former Port Coquitlam pig farmer being convicted on six counts of second-degree murder.

The Missing Women Task Force confirmed Wednesday that Murdock's DNA was located, but Staff Sgt. Wayne Clary would say nothing further because Pickton is facing a possible second trial on 20 other murder charges.

The task force continues to investigate the whereabouts of the women who are still listed as missing. Clary said it will ultimately be up to Crown prosecutors to decide if there is sufficient evidence to charge Pickton with any additional murder counts -- including Murdock's -- before his second trial begins.

Prosecutors and defence lawyers have until Jan. 8 to decide whether to appeal Pickton's second-degree murder convictions from the first trial.

A date for his second trial, should it proceed, will be discussed in B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 24. Pickton has pleaded not guilty.

The task force searched Pickton's two Port Coquitlam properties for most of 2002 and 2003, seizing 235,000 pieces of evidence for DNA testing.

So far, RCMP labs have located the DNA of at least 30 women whose names are on the police poster of 65 women missing from the Downtown Eastside: The six women he was convicted of killing; the 20 women at the centre of his second trial; and four more women -- including Murdock -- for whom charges have not been laid.

In addition, the tally of possible victims also includes four more women who police have been unable to identify yet. The remains include a rib and heel bone of a victim dubbed "Jane Doe" that were found buried on Pickton's farm.

A large number of the evidence exhibits sent to the labs are still being tested today, which means more relatives could receive visits from police with news about missing loved ones.

Police discovered on Pickton's farm some partial remains of the six women he was convicted of killing; a publication ban prohibits the media from reporting what police found in relation to the 20 women linked to Pickton's second trial.

Pierre said police would not tell her what they found bearing her sister's DNA.

"They wouldn't even tell my mom... because of the next trial," she said. "She wanted to have a memorial service."

Pierre said she is hopeful there will be a criminal charge laid in connection with her sister's case.

"I wouldn't mind [Pickton] going to trial for that, too, but that doesn't give me any answers regarding my sister -- or to bring her home," said the Surrey resident.

Murdock was the youngest daughter in a large family from Fort St. James.

"When she was younger, when she was a little girl, we used to put lots of ponytails in her hair. She used to be really cute, very chubby. She was a very intelligent little girl," Pierre recalled.

Murdock was seized from her parents and put into foster care when she was a young teenager, and began to run away. She led a troubled life, had five children, and ended up in the Downtown Eastside.

Pierre said her sister wrote a poem in 1994 that warns people to seek help from friends or God because "all those roads lead to hell."

"When you feel hurt and want to cry... when you feel anger, call on a friend," reads Murdock's poem. "When you are older, with all of those negative thoughts in your mind, pray. Give faith to the creator. He will guide you to a higher power and make you feel that you are glad to ask for guidance from someone who believes in you."

lculbert@png.canwest.com

WOMEN TRACED TO THE FARM

Following an 18-month search of Robert (Willie) Pickton's two Port Coquitlam properties, the Missing Women Task Force located the DNA of at least 30 women whose names are on the police poster of 65 women missing from the Downtown Eastside

- The six women he was convicted last week of killing: Mona Wilson, Sereena Abotsway, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe, Marnie Frey and Georgina Papin.

- The 20 women at the centre of his possible second trial: Andrea Borhaven, Heather Bottomley, Heather Chinnock, Wendy Crawford, Sarah deVries, Tiffany Drew, Cara Ellis, Cynthia Feliks, Jennifer Furminger, Inga Hall, Helen Hallmark, Tanya Holyk, Sherry Irving, Angela Jardine, Patricia Johnson, Debra Jones, Kerry Koski, Jacquelene McDonell, Diana Melnick and Dianne Rock.

- Four women for whom charges have not been laid: Jackie Murdock, Nancy Clark, Dawn Crey and Yvonne Boen.

- Police have also located the DNA of four unidentified women.

 The Vancouver Sun 2007

 

 

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Updated: August 21, 2016