VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Remains of nine more women found
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
VANCOUVER (CP) - The remains of nine more women have been found, the missing women's task force said Tuesday.
Wendy Crawford was reported missing in December 1999.
Six of the women have been identified as being among more than 60 women who have disappeared from the drug-infested Downtown Eastside.
The other three haven't been identified.
Vancouver police Det. Const. Sheila Sullivan said the families of six of the women had been notified that their relatives' DNA had been located.
"We currently have three unidentified female DNA profiles that are of significant interest to investigators," Sullivan said.
"We believe that these DNA profiles belong to women who are missing but not yet reported missing to police."
She said people should contact police if they suspect someone they know is missing and has not been reported.
"The description would be that of a young woman - who family and friends believe may have been addicted to drugs or was involved in the sex trade - and who hasn't been heard from since before February of 2002."
Robert Pickton is charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder in the missing women case. He is expected to face an additional seven counts.
Dawn Crey was reported missing in December 2000.
The seven counts stemmed from evidence that arose during Pickton's preliminary hearing that began in January 2003 and ended in July.
The provincial court judge said at the time that if the hearing had started a month later than it did, he could have ruled Pickton should stand trial on the 22 counts.
The nine women whose remains were noted by police Tuesday are not included in those 22 counts.
Pickton's next court appearance is June 28.
The task force said the six women were identified as: Yvonne Boen, reported missing in March 2001; Andrea Borhaven, reported missing in May 1999; Wendy Crawford, reported missing in December 1999; Dawn Crey, reported missing in December 2000; Cara Ellis, last seen in 1997, and Kerry Koski, reported missing in January 1998.
Terry Hughes, Koski's brother-in-law, said her family thought all along that her remains would be found at the farm.
"You always hope that she's not because of the way things were but the family thought she was there," he said.
The news still hit the family hard, however.
"It is very upsetting," Koski said. "Everybody has said it's closure and it will be eventually but today it's not closure. Today it's as if something had happened yesterday to Kerry, to the family."
He said police didn't tell the family whether charges would be laid.
"The only thing that they have told us is that they've moved Kerry's disappearance into a murder investigation."
The task force said remains found in 1988 had been identified as those of one of the missing women on the list.
The remains of Taressa Ann Williams were found in Vancouver.
"We want to stress that we have uncovered no evidence to date that links this case with the farm property located in Port Coquitlam," RCMP Const. Catherine Galliford said.
The notorious case was ignited by a massive police raid on a farm owned by Pickton and his brother and sister Feb. 6, 2002. Pickton was charged with the first two murders Feb. 22, 2002.
Investigators wrapped up a massive excavation and search of the farm in November.
A large part of the property now has subdivision developments surrounding it that have been built in the last few years.
The property is located near the confluence of the Pitt and Fraser Rivers, a 45-minute drive east of Vancouver.
Pickton is charged with the murders of Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Diane Rock, Jacqueline McDonell, Heather Bottomley, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe, Jennifer Furminger, Helen Hallmark, Patricia Johnson, Georgina Papin, Heather Chinnock, Tanya Holyk, Sherry Irving and Inga Hall.
While some of the women were reported missing almost immediately, others weren't noticed until weeks and sometimes months after they disappeared.
The charges against Pickton so far are four more than the number admitted to by Canada's most notorious serial killer, Clifford Olson.
© Copyright 2004 Canadian Press
Updated: August 21, 2016