Twenty women missing, action demanded

Vancouver Sun
David Hogben and Lindsay Kines

Wed. March 3, 1999

Vancouver prostitutes and their advocates are calling for a $100,000 reward to help catch whoever is responsible for the disappearance of more than 20 women they fear have fallen prey to a serial killer.

In urging the city to put up the money, the women also called on Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen to increase the number of officers investigating the cases.

``These women have completely disappeared from the face of the Earth. If they are not murdered, where are they?'' asked Barb Daniel, a director of Grandma's House, a safe house for prostitutes.

Vancouver city police have outstanding files on 20 women who have gone missing since 1995, while at least three others vanished in the years before that.

But police say they have no evidence that the missing women have been murdered, or that a serial killer is stalking Vancouver streets.

``We keep reviewing this because we hear the concern from the community, but we've found nothing that would indicate there's a serial killer involved in these missing people,'' Chief Constable Bruce Chambers said Tuesday.

The families and advocates of the missing women are convinced many of the women are dead. And they point to the extensive resources devoted to solving home invasions, while just two detectives are currently assigned to the missing women files.

But Chambers offered his assurances the he is concerned about the cases and that the department is treating them seriously. In some cases, however, he said that women who have been reported missing surfaced in other communities, while others had committed suicide.

If there was any proof of a serial killer at work, Chambers said, ``we would do everything that we possibly can.''

B.C. Attorney-General Ujjal Dosanjh said he believes police are pursuing the cases vigorously, but he will ask his staff to make further inquiries.

Today Vancouver Sun reporter Lindsay Kines takes a look at who the missing women are.



Missing Women Tip Line: 1-877-687-3377

Updated: August 21, 2016