Cases Probed-Sept 18,1998

Helenthumb.jpg (4437 bytes)Sarahthumb1.jpg (3405 bytes)Helen Hallmark and Sarah deVries


Vancouver police will review 40 unsolved cases dating from 1971, but they doubt a serial killer was involved in any disappearances.  


Lindsay Kines
Vancouver Sun

Vancouver city police have set up a team of officers to review 40 unsolved missing women cases dating back to 1971.  Police say the missing women come from all walks of life and areas of Vancouver.  But a significant number--16 since 1995--are women who were involved in drugs and the sex trade on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Inspector Gary Greer, officer in charge of that district, said the team was created to address rumours and concerns in the community.

"They're concerned about what they believe is a great number of missing women who may have been murdered," he said.  "So our step is to put together what we would consider a real list."

Greer is calling the team a "working group" because it is simply trying to get a handle on the numbers, he said.

"We're in no way saying there is a serial murderer out there.   We're in no way saying that all these people missing are dead.  We're not saying any of that.

"We are merely, from a community-based policing perspective, trying to respond to a community's concerns with some facts."

Media liaison Constable Anne Drennan said the team will meet to review the existing list, determine if any of the files are linked, or if any of the women have been found in other jurisdictions.

The team will include investigators from the missing persons, sex offense, and homicide sections, as well as Greer and geographic profiler, Detective Inspector Kim Rossmo.

Rossmo uses a computer program to predict the area where an offender is most likely to live or work, based on where the crimes were committed.  In addition, there are two missing-persons detectives and a civilian member working on the files.

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