VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Angela Rebecca Jardine
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ANGELA REBECCA JARDINE
Angela has a tattoo of the North Star
Angela is mentally handicapped,
Angela was last seen November 20,1998 between 3:30- 4p.m.
If you know the whereabouts of Angela Rebecca Jardine
PLEASEcall the RCMP ViCLAS unit (604) 264-2248
or Family Tracing (604) 299-8107 or
Crime-Stoppers at (604) 669-8477
or Vancouver Missing Persons Dept. at (604) 717-2534
or anywhere in North America 1-800-993-8799
and please quote Angela's case number 98.286097
Angela and Mom having a quiet moment together after
Angela Jardine missing--Downtown Eastside Vancouver
Community helping with poster campaign
Family concerned over daughter's disappearance
By SHELLEY L FUREDI
Sparwood residents are rallying to help Deborah and Ivan Jardine find their 27-year old daughter, Angela, who was reported missing from her Vancouver home in December.
The Jardines have been in contact with missing persons division detective Al Howlett in Vancouver, but at this time have been able to get no information on the case.
Angela, who lives in a hotel on Vancouver's downtown eastside, was last seen in early-December by her caseworker.
Deborah Jardine says she has been making phone calls, trying to get more information on her daughter's last-known whereabouts, but so far has only discovered more questions and, disturbing information, including the fact almost a dozen young women have gone missing from the same area.
She has contacted others who have had family members reported missing, and while they have been supportive, Deborah feels she isn't getting much help from official sources.
"If these women were from middle-class neighborhoods, it would be all over the news," she says. However, the downtown eastside has a reputation as being a dangerous neighborhood populated by drug addicts and prostitutes. The Vancouver Sun and CKVU-TV's Global News have done reports on the missing women, but little has been covered outside the region.
Deborah says if she had known about the danger, if she had heard about the missing women, she would have tried to get her daughter to move to a safer neighborhood.
"She was supposed to be moving to a new building this year."
This year has already been a trying one for the family, as Ivan was laid off during the bankruptcy of Columbia Chrome, and Deborah was in a car accident which prevents her from working.
"It's been one thing after another," she says. Although she believes everything happens for a reason, the worried mother can't understand why anyone would want to hurt her daughter, who she says has the mental faculty of a 12-year-old.
The family feels going to Vancouver would be pointless at this time, as they don't know the area, and feel residents of Angie's neighborhood would not be comfortable talking to them, but they do plan on going at a later date.
HOPE FOR SAFE RETURN
They were first notified about their daughter's disappearance by Eileen McWade, Angela's caseworker. McWade hopes Angie, who has lived in Vancouver for eight years, will turn up safe and sound, either on her mother's doorstep, or back in the city, but she says this disappearance is not typical for her.
"It's highly unlike her," says McWade, "not Angie's normal pattern." While she wouldn't worry if Angie wasn't seen around for a couple of days, an extended disappearance makes her suspicious. Usually, she sees Angie on the street a couple of times a week, and has coffee with her once a week.
She says not long before Angie's disappearance, they had gone clothes shopping together; the young woman was excited about upcoming Christmas parties, and planned on buying gifts for her family.
The caseworker says there are still two boxes of presents, sent by the Jardines, sitting in the office--a constant reminder Angie isn't around. McWade misses the young woman who never hesitated to share what she had with others.
Angela is a generous, caring person, with a great love of family, life and laughter, says McWade. She says Angie has said in the past she would like to return to live near her family, who she often talks about, but because of emotional difficulties, couldn't live in a small town. She gravitated to the city, and to the eastside, because she would be more accepted there than in a smaller area.
Those emotional difficulties mean Angie can't hold a nine-to-five job, or wouldn't adjust well to a normal routine, but she is a free-spirited young lady, with a kind heart.
McWade says Angie's loud approach to life and mannerisms could and did open her up to problems; the area where Angie lives can be dangerous, and she was vulnerable to those dangers.
Family and friends of the missing woman have started a fund to raise money for 'missing person' posters and other materials to help find Angela. Donations can be dropped off with Pastor Gordon Warriner at the Sparwood Christian Centre; to offer help with the poster campaign, call 425-7787. Luscar workers have already donated $200 to the fund.
Mother of missing women says police aren't doing enough
Angela Rebecca Jardine
VANCOUVER - An East Kootenay woman says police in Vancouver are not doing enough to locate her missing daughter. 27 year old Angela Jardine is one of 22 women who've disappeared from the city's downtown eastside since 1995.
On Wednesday, Vancouver police announced a $100,000 reward to help them solve the disappearances but Jardine's mother says a cash incentive is not the answer.
Deborah Jardine has a blunt opinion of the way Vancouver police are handling her daughter Angela's disappearance. She says she's not impressed with the police department. She says she's not sure if overwork is the problem.
The Sparwood woman says police took more than a month to start looking for her daughter after she was reported missing last December. Angela moved to Vancouver from the East Kootenay 10 years ago and was working as a prostitute at the time of her disappearance.
Jardine says she's tried to help the detectives assigned to Angela's file but they've ignored her suggestions. Now she wonders why a cash reward is being offered. She says it's all well and good, but what's really needed is a special task force entirely devoted to all of these cases.
A spokesperson for Vancouver city police refused to comment on Jardine's complaints about the detectives. As for Jardine's suggestion that more police be assigned to find Angela and the other 21 women, the spokesperson says two detectives are sufficient.
Updated: January 01, 2007