VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
BC police add nine names to list of missing women
By DARREN YOURK
Thursday, July 25, 2002
Police in Vancouver are asking for the public's help in the cases of nine missing women considered "very important" to the Vancouver Police/RCMP Missing Women's Joint Task Force investigation into 54 missing women from the city's Downtown Eastside.
The nine women all lived in the same neighbourhood where seven of the women that B.C. hog farmer Robert William Pickton is charged with killing were last seen.
The women have been missing for as long as 24 years.
"While the individuals are not yet officially on the list of women whose whereabouts are being investigated by the Task Force, their current status is very important to the case," said RCMP Constable Catherine Galliford at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
"These nine women fit the profile of the women we're looking for. These women frequent downtown Vancouver and they all have a history of drug use."
Police are hoping to locate relatives of the missing women to obtain DNA samples from the women's biological parents that could be used to identify them.
Constable Galliford said police might come forward with another five names in the days to come.
"We weren't prepared to do that at this time because we haven't completely finished our search for them," she said.
Mr. Pickton, who lived on a pig farm in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam until police arrested him last February, is charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.
Mr. Pickton has been charged in the deaths of Mona Wilson, who was 26 when she was last seen in November of 2001; Sereena Abotsway, 29 when she disappeared in August of 2001; Jacqueline McDonell, 23 when she was last seen in January of 1999; Diane Rock, 34 when last seen in October of 2001; Heather Bottomley, 25 when she disappeared in April of 2001; Andrea Joesbury, 22 when last seen in June of 2001 and Brenda Wolfe, 32 when last seen in February of 1999.
More than 80 officers have been scouring a 4.5-hectare farm that is co-owned by Mr. Pickton and his younger brother David and a second nearby property in what has become Canada's largest-ever crime scene investigation..
Police have also hired about 50 experts in osteology, the study of bones, to help in the search.
The preliminary hearing for Robert William Pickton is scheduled to begin this November.
Missing women identified Thursday by Vancouver Police:
Yvonne Marlene Abigosis, 44, last seen on Jan. 1st, 1984 and reported missing on May 22nd
Wendy Louise Allen, 56, last seen on March 30th, 1979 and reported missing on April 5th
Dawn Lynn Cooper, 38, last seen in 1996 and reported missing on June 26th
Sheryl Donahue, 39, last seen on May 30th, 1985 and reported missing on August 31st, 1985
Tanya Colleen Emery, 37, last seen on December 1st 1998 and reported missing on March 13th
Linda Louise Grant, 49, last seen in October of 1984 and reported missing on February 2nd, 1996
Richard "Kellie" Little, 39, last seen on April 23d, 1997 and reported missing on April 30th, 1997
Teresa Louise Triff, 31, last seen on April 15th, 1993 and reported missing on March 21st
Lillian Jean O'Dare, born January 8th, 58, last seen on September 12th, 1978 and reported missing on the same day.
Courtesy of Globe and Mail
Updated: August 21, 2016