VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Investigator says numbers of missing women much higher
By BOBBIE SAGA
Tuesday Aug.3, 1999
Although police currently have 31 women listed as missing from Vancouver’s downtown Eastside district, director of investigations for the CPA Confidence Group Inc. Darryll Harasemow, representing the Richmond, B.C. private investigation firm looking into the case, says the number of women missing on his list with an exact motive operendi (MO) is 86 and dates back 15 years.
“We are actively searching for people from the last 15 years which total 86, all women, with the exact same MO that have just vanished,” Harasemow said.
“These girls had an interesting lifestyle, for sure, yet they kept in contact with their families and had good relations with them as well.
“Then they’re gone,” he added. “There’s no trace, no nothing.”
Harasemow says his firm has had an interest in the case for years, but was prohibited from investigating due to regulations governing private investigations.
“We have to be hired or seek reward in accordance with the statutes governed by the Atttorney General,” he said.
The firm, however, was able to get involved in the case as soon as an announcement of a $100,000 reward was made by Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh and Vancouver police board chair Philip Owen July 27.
Of the reward offered, Harasemow flatly stated, “We’re not interested.”
“There are some white knights still in society,” he said. “People do give a shit. We’re doing this on our own, for the families and for the Vancouver police department.”
Although Harasemow says he can’t be specific about the firm’s inquiry into the whereabouts of the missing women, he says they have a team of 40 trained investigators on staff with experience collecting usable evidence and working as two separate teams actively searching for deceased and live people.
They have already done profiles for each of the 86 missing women on their list, started a database and have interviewed people, plus have done interviews with America’s Most Wanted and CKNW AM 980 talk show host Peter Warren.
“Once we got off the air the phones started ringing with people wanting to voluntarily assist with this,” he said.
As well, they have an experienced canine cadaver recovery team. Carrie Dornan, he says “is the best canine handler in the business” and is working on the case with her well-trained partner Tunk.
“I bet you for the last twenty years we’ve been finding people in the bush around here. This has been a dumping ground, said Harasemow. “If there’s something there, we’ll find it.”
Spokesperson Const. Ann Drennan with the media liaison section of the Vancouver police department was unavailable for comment.
Update: Daryl Harasemow is no longer with CPA, and Carrie Dornan passed away September 11, 2001.
Updated: August 21, 2016