So many missing-July 28, 1999
By: Rob Givlak, North Island Gazette, Wed. July 28,
A former North Island resident is one of the 29 women listed as
missing on the downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
family is leaving no stone unturned, but they believe she has been murdered.
thing is not knowing what happened, where she is or how she is,” said her
sister, Sandra Gagnon, of Maple Ridge. “I
feel she was murdered. She wouldn't
Sandra, who last
heard from Janet on June 24, 1998, said her sister would call her every day,
even just to leave a message that she was okay.
When she disappeared,
the rent for her Holborn Hotel room had just been paid and there was $100 in her
her sister had been prostituting herself to pay for her drug addiction, but
Janet had been talking of straightening out and going back to school.
A year earlier,
she had been raped and beaten. The
perpetrator got six months jail, despite having a lengthy record.
The sisters grew
up in Alert Bay. One of their
brothers, George Henry, still lives there.
Their niece, Lily Bell, lives in Port Hardy.
Janet’s 14-year-old daughter who lives with her father in McBride, has done
everything in her power to find her mom, even contacting Oprah Winfrey.
Sandra said she
will continue to talk to the media and others in hopes of finding her sister,
finding answers or raising awareness that women are still going missing.
“There are so
many women missing. I myself think
they’ve been murdered.
Wanted is broadcasting a show about the missing women this Saturday at 9 p.m. on
CHEK and BCTV.
The City of
Vancouver has issued a $100,000 reward.
A friend of one
missing woman has set up a website: www.missingpeople.net
Janet Gail Henry
Janet's Wedding Day