|Reward to be offered in case of missing
WebPosted Apr 29 1999 12:08 PM PDT
- There will soon be a $100,000 reward for information on women missing from
Vancouver's downtown eastside. The Vancouver police board has given the award approval in
Police don't believe a serial killer is at work, but do admit some of the women may be
victims of foul play. Wording of the reward still has to be worked out.
Jamie Lee Hamilton is with Grandma's house, a group that works with prostitutes. She
says 22 women have vanished from the downtown eastside without a trace. Hamilton's pleased
with the reward. She says the decision not only displays fairness, it says all citizens of
this city enjoy equal status. Rewards have recently been offered for a series of crimes on
the more affluent west side of Vancouver.
Hamilton is also calling for the creation of a police task force to find out what
happened to the missing women.
Reward posters focus attention on
case of 31 missing women
The Vancouver Sun, Lindsay Kines, Tuesday, July
included historic cases and those from other jurisdications in their
probe of the disappearances of the women.
city police will release today a reward poster featuring the
photographs of 31 women who have gone missing from the Downtown
Eastside since 1978.
than 20 of those women, who were all involved in drugs or the sex
trade, have gone missing in the past four years.
most recent case is that of Julie Young who was reported missing July
was last seen Oct. 9, 1998.
addition, police have added a number of historic cases, as well as
those that were reported to other police departments or RCMP
press conference to release the poster will be attended by
Attorney-General Ujjal Dosanjh and John Walsh, host of televisionís Americaís
Most Wanted, which is doing a segment on the missing women.
provincial government and the Vancouver Police board have posted a
$100,000 reward in the case. But
city lawyers have been struggling with the wording of the reward,
because without bodies or crime scenes, police say they have no proof
the women have met with foul play.
police currently have eight full and part-time investigators working
on the case, which has sparked fears that a serial killer is preying
on the women.
have spoken to their counterparts working on the unsolved Green River
killings in Seattle, as well as serial killing cases involving
prostitutes in Spokane and Poughkeepsie New York.
Police have also used the services of geographic and
psychological profilers, and have met with women who work in the sex
Women at 31 July 24, 1999
Women's Poster July 26, 1999
Women Worth $100,000