Reward offered in case of missing women|
WebPosted Jul 27 1999 5:17 PM PDT
VANCOUVER - The number of women who have vanished from
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside continues to grow. Four women were recently added
to the list, bringing the total to 31.
Many people believe the disappearances can only be explained by a serial
killer. Police insist they have no evidence to support that theory but they have
teamed up with B.C.'s Attorney General and the Host of the television show
"America's Most Wanted" to raise the public profile of the case, which
continues to baffle authorities.
Publicly, police still maintain they have no proof a serial killer is preying
on women in the Downtown Eastside. The women have been described as sex trade
workers. Most of them have disappeared within the last four years. No bodies
have ever been found, but the City of Vancouver, and the Attorney General's
Office are now offering a $100-thousand reward for information on the missing
The case has now also drawn the attention of the television show
"America's Most Wanted". "It's very unusual for 31 people no
matter what they do, no matter what trade they're in, to disappear like
that," said John Walsh, who hosts the show, which is in Vancouver shooting
a segment on the missing women.
Walsh says his show has helped capture almost 600 fugitives in 30 different
countries. He says the power of television, combined with the reward being
offered in B.C., might just be enough to help police crack this case. The
episode of "America's Most Wanted" that features the Vancouver case
will air this Saturday.
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