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Missing woman’s DNA found at pig farm

Angela Jardine's family had lobbied for action

The Vancouver Sun

Kim Bolan

Thursday, October 24, 2002

The family of another of Vancouver's missing women is grieving after a visit from police confirmed that DNA from Angela Rebecca Jardine had been found at a Port Coquitlam farm.

DNA from Angela Rebecca Jardine was found at a Port Coquitlam farm. (BCTV News on Global)

In a short e-mail sent to The Vancouver Sun Wednesday, Jardine's parents, Deborah and Ivan, said: "Approximately three weeks ago we were notified by the Missing Women's Task Force that our daughter Angela Rebecca Jardine's DNA was found at the Pickton farm."

One of the owners of the farm, Robert (Willy) Pickton, who turns 53 today, has been charged with murdering 15 women on the list of 63 women who have disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in recent years.

The Jardines, who have lobbied tirelessly for police action since their daughter disappeared four years ago, referred calls about her to the task force's media relations office and requested privacy.

RCMP Constable Catherine Galliford, who speaks for the task force, said she could not provide any statement outside of the regular police briefings on the case.

But she also said: "We have an obligation to share certain information with the families."

Police report that 63 women have disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in recent years. (BCTV News on Global)

No charges have been laid in connection with Angela Jardine's disappearance or murder.

Relatives of another missing woman, Sarah de Vries, were notified last summer that her DNA had also been found at the farm, but in insufficient amounts to lead to an additional murder charge.

Galliford said earlier that DNA found at the Dominion Avenue farm led to the 15 charges laid in the deaths of Heather Chinnock, Inga Hall, Tanya Holyk, Sherry Irving, Georgina Papin, Patricia Johnson, Helen Hallmark, Jennifer Furminger, Mona Wilson, Diane Rock, Sereena Abotsway, Andrea Joesbury, Heather Bottomley, Brenda Wolfe and Jacquilene McDonell.

A lawyer for Pickton said police have collected 200,000 DNA samples during a massive crime scene investigation that involves the farm and a nearby property.

In a moving tribute to their daughter, the Jardines made up a Web site that features photographs of Angela, who was 27 when she vanished.

She is a smiling baby in her mother's arms, sitting in front of the Christmas tree on a ride-along toy, laughing for the camera at her first birthday.

She is a cheerful child with her sister and dad in a paddle boat, climbing a tree, admiring fish she had caught laid out on a table.

Then she is an adult, still smiling in an embrace with her mother, her father and a family dog.

"I dedicate this site as a tribute to all of the many missing and murdered women from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver," Deborah Jardine wrote.

"When our daughter vanished under suspicious circumstances November 20, 1998, I was at a loss of what to do. The feeling of helplessness and frustration was overwhelming at times. To comprehend what happened I began my own investigation from my home and began to read media archives about the Downtown Eastside."

Her research led Jardine to lay a complaint with the Office of the Police Complaints Commission in 1999 stating that Vancouver police failed to do a proper and thorough investigation of her daughter's disappearance.

The complaint said police never informed her that Angela was missing, failed to promptly interview key people who knew Angela, never inspected her room or belongings at the Portland Hotel, and were slow to issue a missing person poster.

Former commissioner Don Morrison dismissed her complaint and she appealed, but her appeal was also dismissed.

After Morrison left earlier this year, Jardine said she intended to refile her original complaint.

Jardine earlier told The Sun her daughter was mentally challenged and had the capacity of an 11-year-old. Her family tried for years to help her and keep her with them in Sparwood, but the young woman continually ran away to the Downtown Eastside.

It was there that Elaine Allan, then a coordinator at a drop-in centre for sex-trade workers, knew Angela whom she described as a "fixture" in the close-knit community.

Allan was devastated to get the news of the DNA find Wednesday.

"Angela was very sweet. I feel so badly for her family. This just breaks my heart. Angela was the first one I heard about who went missing. I heard about her from Sereena (Abotsway.) Then Sereena ended up missing."

Deborah Jardine explained on her Web site just how difficult her life has been since Angela vanished.

"As a mother of a missing daughter, I have found from this painful experience all missing people regardless of social status require a platform to be heard. As Angela's mother I now have to be the voice of my missing daughter," she wrote.

"I hope this Web site enlightens people to the trials and tribulations we faced as a family when our daughter disappeared and how the system miserably failed us. Our faith helps us to continue to overcome obstacles and gives us the courage to assimilate tumultuous emotions that result when a loved one vanishes without a trace."

She described Angela as laughing and smiling.

"Angela had many good attributes that were not always visible from the outside. She was a generous, loving, caring individual with a kind heart," Jardine said. "She had a hearty, robust laugh that made others want to join in and laugh along with her. Her persona was often boisterous and her mannerisms at times would make us cringe, but without those special characteristics it just wouldn't be Angela."

Jardine said her daughter was extremely outgoing despite the difficulties life had presented her.

"She approached life with the volume turned way up loud and she never backed down from it," Jardine said. "Angela had an outgoing personality and her childlike exuberance remain forever etched into our hearts."

kbolan@pacpress.southam.ca 

Courtesy of

Angela Rebecca Jardine

Deborah Jardine's website in memory of Angela and all the missing women

Vanished Voices
http://www.vanishedvoices.com

 

Email: wleng#missingpeople.net 

Missing Women Tip Line: 1-877-687-3377

Updated: August 21, 2016