Cops to add nine victims to B.C. case
By PETER SMITH, CALGARY SUN
Thursday, July 25, 2002
Friends of Vancouver's missing women who may be victims of a
serial killer, say they aren't surprised police are about to raise the total of
possible victims to 63.
The joint police task force who have spent months sifting through a Port
Coquitlam pig-farm for the women's remains, now believe nine more missing women
are part of their case.
Since they started digging up and sifting the pig farm, officers have charged
pig farmer Robert Pickton, 52, with the first-degree murder of seven women.
They were all on the original list of 54 missing women, mostly drug addicts and
prostitutes from Vancouver's red-light district, whose mysterious disappearances
sparked the formation of the task force.
Later today, task force officers will reveal the identities of nine more women
they fear are connected to the case.
"It is mind-blowing and unimaginable that the total of missing women might be up
to 63, but it's not surprising," said Wayne Leng, whose close friend Sarah
Devries is one of the original missing 54 women.
"Many of us have believed for a long time there are more missing women, so this
is not surprising," said Leng.
"If it is shown that all the women met the same fate, this would make this the
worst serial-killer case in the whole of North America," said Leng.
The task force plans to seek public assistance in trying to locate the nine
women who are believed to be missing, but who are not yet on the list.
"It is possible the nine women will be officially added to the list if not
located," said Task Force spokesman Det. Scott Driemel.
As the missing women investigation continues to expand, at least 80 officers
backed up by 50 archeological students are expected to spend many more months
sifting the pig farm and other properties owned by the pig farmer.
HUMAN REMAINS CONFIRMED
Investigators have confirmed finding human remains on the pig farm.
Pickton is charged with murdering Mona Wilson, 26; Sereena Abotsway, 29;
Jacqueline McDonell, 23; Diane Rock, 34; Heather Bottomley, 25; Andrea Joesbury,
22 and Brenda Wolfe, 32. He's slated to appear for a preliminary hearing in
Courtesy of The Calgary Sun