(BCTV) - To you, it might be just a poster. But for hundreds of people in this
province, it's their last hope. They're trying to find out what happened to
their daughter, their sister, their aunt, and in some cases, their mother.
They are the families of a growing number of women who are missing from
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Today, Vancouver police unveiled a new poster,
and offered a 100- thousand-dollar reward. Dawn Roberts, reports:
Dawn Roberts, reporting: "It's some powerful backing behind a powerful
poster. And it is for the 31 women that have gone missing, known to have lived
in or worked in the Downtown Eastside. And now the province and the Vancouver
Police Board are offering a 100-thousand dollar reward."
Ujjal Dosanjh, Attorney General: "It is important that we recognize
that despite the fact that these women may have worked in the sex trade, they
have a right to their dignity, their safety and their security as much as
anyone else in British Columbia and Canada has and that is why this effort is
Const. Anne Drennan, Vancouver police: "Once we became aware - as did
the community - as there is clearly something wrong here, something that we
should be very concerned about, we started to kick in additional resources.
And as resources have become available, we have deployed those resources.
Today's effort is kind of a culmination of all of our efforts."
Dawn Roberts, reporting: "Along with the efforts is the opportunity
for world-wide attention thanks to this week's episode of America's Most
Wanted. And the show's host says today's announcement of a poster and a reward
John Walsh, host, America's Most Wanted: "This is so unique because
these 31 women have disappeared completely and there is no evidence of foul
play. There has never been a body - never has there been any evidence - but
again it is unprecedented. And again I commend the attorney general, the mayor
and the Vancouver Police Department, for addressing this head on."
Dawn Roberts, reporting: "Police say the reward will strengthen
investigation efforts into what has happened in the often silent world of the
Downtown Eastside. Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of these
missing women is asked to call police or Crimestoppers at 669-TIPS."
Anchor reads: "The special Vancouver-based edition of "America's
Most Wanted" will feature segments on the 31 missing women, an update on
the Poonam Randhawa murder, and the shooting of Doctor Gary Romalis. You can
see the Vancouver edition of America's Most Wanted this Saturday at nine PM,
Photos of the missing women can be found on the Vancouver Police Department
web site at: [
Four more women disappear-July 27/99