House comes down
Families emotional as pig farm property demolished
By Canadian Press
Sunday, July 27, 2003
PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. -- Shaking and trying to hold back tears, Christine
Cellier stood in silence as she watched the last standing property on a B.C. pig
farm owned by accused serial killer Robert Pickton crumble to dust.
A solitary excavator gutted the last structure on the farm yesterday morning, as
about 25 relatives of many of Vancouver's missing women looked on.
Yells of triumph and clapping broke out at 9:35 a.m., as the brick chimney
collapsed, completing the demolition.
The Port Coquitlam farm was a painful reminder that Cellier's best friend,
Taressa Williams, who disappeared from the downtown eastside in 1998, still
hasn't been found.
Cellier was hoping the demolition would at least ease the pain.
"At 13, we ran away, we made some bad choices and I didn't even know where we
were running to," she said. "Downtown is an evil, evil place. Starving, sleeping
in hotel rooms, sleeping in bathtubs. It was terrible, it's no place for a 13-
or 14-year-old child."
David Pickton, 52, who has not been charged with any crime, had lived in the
Robert Pickton, 53, lived in a trailer on the farm. He will stand trial on 15
counts of first-degree murder of women who disappeared from Vancouver's downtown
eastside from 1996 to 2001.
The demolition has a "symbolic meaning," said Ernie Crey, whose sister Dawn
disappeared in late 2000 and has not been found
"It represents a cleansing for me and my family," he said at the site.
Other family members who were reached yesterday had mixed emotions about the
"I don't really have anything to say about it except I'm glad (the farm) is
gone," said Deborah Jardine, whose daughter Angela Jardine disappeared in 1998.
The demolition of the property represents another step in a "never-ending"
investigation, said Wayne Leng, who has created a Web site dedicated to the
"What can you say really? The whole thing is so tragic and I know there's no
closure even at the end (of the investigation)," he said.
The grounds underneath the house will be excavated which will take until the
early fall, said Cpl. Catherine Galliford of the Missing Women's Task Force.