(Dawn Roberts) - It's been three years
since 36-year-old Janet Henry disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
where she was trying to rebuild her life. In the language of police, her
disappearance is being treated as suspicious, and her name has been added to
the official list of 27 women missing from the downtown eastside.
has now spoken for the first time about the search and her need for closure.
For Sandra and her niece, Debra, this trip to Vancouver's Crab Park has a
special meaning. It's the first time 15-year-old Debra has visited a memorial
bench in honor of the more than two-dozen women missing from the Downtown
Eastside, including her mother, Janet Henry.
Janet Gail Henry was very
family-oriented and shared a special bond with her daughter, and was also very
close to her sister. In the mid 90's Janet's life shifted and she ended up
living in a hotel in the Downtown Eastside. Drugs were a problem, but through
it all she kept in contact with her family, until June 25, 1997.
paid her rent for the next month and has money in the bank, so police have
classified her disappearance as suspicious, along with 26 other women who's
stories have gather international attention over the years. But despite the
publicity and profiles on shows like "America's Most Wanted," there
have been few leads. The police investigation is still active, which helps
Janet's family through the difficult times. The community has also been
supportive, but what the family really wants is answers. A reward is still in
effect -- one hundred thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest
of the person or persons responsible. If you have any information, you're
asked to call Crime
Stoppers or the Vancouver Police.