VANCOUVER (CP) -- Vancouver police are adding the names of five more
women to the list of 50 who have disappeared from the city's seedy downtown
eastside since the 1980s, BC-CTV News reported Wednesday.
The RCMP-Vancouver Joint Task Force on Missing Women will officially
release the names of the five at a news conference today, CTV said.
Meanwhile, police have not commented on a Tuesday BC-CTV report that
quoted a lead investigator as saying some of the families of the missing
women have been told that the women are dead.
The station also said 30 new investigators are being added to probe
which already includes nearly 100 police and forensic specialists. Police
searching a Port Coquitlam pig farm also say the investigation could last at
least three years.
Relatives of the missing women, who are mostly prostitutes or drug
addicts, also said they were told the investigation goes beyond the women.
No other details were given.
In February, Robert William Pickton, the owner of the suburban pig
farm just outside Vancouver was charged with first-degree murder in the
deaths of Sereena Abotsway and Mona Wilson. The two women disappeared late
A team of 40 investigators began their search of the farm in early
February. Pickton was charged weeks later.