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New lead in Burke case

Missing woman might be in Vancouver

By BROOKES MERRITT, EDMONTON SUN

Tuesday, Sept 20, 2005

Project KARE detectives and a man whose friend's remains were found on a B.C. pig farm have information that could help Vancouver police find a missing Edmonton sex trade worker.

The family of 21-year-old Maggie Lee Burke says they've heard no word from her since she disappeared from the 118 Avenue stroll last December, but believe she was recently sighted in Vancouver.

Project KARE - an Alberta task force investigating the disappearances of sex-trade workers - is following the lead and recently sent Burke's file to Vancouver police.

"If (the sightings) prove to be of substance, then we'll go speak with them," said RCMP Insp. Mike Sekela.

Last week, Burke's mother contacted Wayne Leng, who has operated a website for missing B.C women since 1998 when his friend Sarah deVries - also a sex-trade worker - vanished from Vancouver's downtown east side.

Investigators later found deVries' DNA on suspected serial killer Robert Pickton's pig farm in 2002.

"There are so many parallels between Edmonton's case (of missing sex-trade workers) and Vancouver's Pickton trial that I didn't hesitate to help (the Burke family)," Leng said.

Leng posted Burke's information on www.missingpeople.net, alongside that of 68 missing B.C. women.

Kate Quinn, spokesman for Edmonton's Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation, has spoken with Maggie Lee's cousin, who hopes the Vancouver sightings are legit.

"She said it's completely unlike her not to have been in touch with them for so long," Quinn said.

Courtesy
Edmonton Sun

MISSING - MAGGIE LEE BURKE

 

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Updated: August 21, 2016