Local couple’s missing daughter’s case featured on American TV


The Elk Valley Miner

August  4, 1999

The case of 31 women confirmed missing from Vancouver’s downtown Eastside district featured on America’s Most Wanted (AMW) last week, as well as a July 27 announcement by the B.C. Attorney General’s office of a $100,000 reward, has Sparwood resident Deborah Jardine hoping the exposure and reward will generate clues for Vancouver police to solve the case.

“Maybe someone, somewhere saw something and we can find out what happened, what is happening to these women,” said Jardine, whose 28-year-old daughter Angela went missing from the Eastside district Nov.20, 1998.

“I’m thrilled, very pleased.  Millions of people watch the program, so it will generate more awareness about what is happening in that community.”

Profiling the case on the popular TV program was prompted by determination and constant pressure from family members and friends of the missing women to have intense exposure and information generated about the case.

“I want to know what happened to my daughter and by no means will I give up until she’s found, or whatever,” said Jardine about her efforts to keep up the pressure to have the case solved.

“I feel we are all doing what we feel is necessary to the extent of our abilities to bring these tragedies to a close,” she added while giving praise to others who have interest in the case because they have lost a friend or family member.

“It’s like a surreal experience.  My daughter just vanished one day without a trace and it’s very difficult because there is no closure, there will be no closure unless and until she’s found.”

Jardine also says it is difficult for her because she is so far removed from Vancouver by living in Sparwood and, therefore, a long way from the support group established between a few other families on the coast, although she does stay in contact with a few people in the same situation as she.

“It’s very difficult unless you have experienced this kind of pain.  There’s few who can relate.  I sometimes question, ‘Did she suffer, is she suffering?’ and then my own family tells me to give it up, let it go.”

But Jardine says she generally ignores well-intentioned advice as well as takes comfort in the fact she has been given support by the community.

Shortly after the disappearance of her daughter, the Sparwood Christian Centre set up a trust fund to support Jardine’s efforts to gather and disseminate information about her missing daughter.

“It was originally set up when her daughter went missing because people in the community wanted to help,” said pastor Gordon Warriner.

“At the beginning the money went to making posters, stamps, envelopes, faxes and phone calls, plus a 1-800 number was originally set up,” Warriner said of the trust which is administered by the church board and currently has $300 remaining.

And of the current publicity the case is receiving he added, “I think it’s great to see something happening.  These women might be looked down upon by society, but they are still human beings and people need to know what happened to them.”

For further information about the case, a website has been set up by Wayne Leng, a friend of Sarah deVries, another of the missing women.  The site address is

To report information about any of the missing women, call (604) 717-3415 in the Vancouver area, 1-800-993-8799 anywhere in North America and (604) 669-TIPS to remain anonymous.

Angela and Mom having a quiet moment together after
spending a busy day gardening.

Angela and Mom having a quiet moment together after
spending a busy day gardening.

Investigator says numbers of missing women much higher


 The Elk Valley Miner

Tuesday Aug.3, 1999

Although police currently have 31 women listed as missing from Vancouver’s downtown Eastside district, director of investigations for the CPA Confidence Group Inc. Darryll Harasemow, representing the Richmond, B.C. private investigation firm looking into the case, says the number of women missing on his list with an exact motive operendi (MO) is 86 and dates back 15 years.

“We are actively searching for people from the last 15 years which total 86, all women, with the exact same MO that have just vanished,” Harasemow said.

“These girls had an interesting lifestyle, for sure, yet they kept in contact with their families and had good relations with them as well.

“Then they’re gone,” he added.  “There’s no trace, no nothing.”

Harasemow says his firm has had an interest in the case for years, but was prohibited from investigating due to regulations governing private investigations.

“We have to be hired or seek reward in accordance with the statutes governed by the Atttorney General,” he said.

The firm, however, was able to get involved in the case as soon as an announcement of a $100,000 reward was made by Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh and Vancouver police board chair Philip Owen July 27.

Of the reward offered, Harasemow flatly stated, “We’re not interested.”

“There are some white knights still in society,” he said.  “People do give a shit.  We’re doing this on our own, for the families and for the Vancouver police department.”

Although Harasemow says he can’t be specific about the firm’s inquiry into the whereabouts of the missing women, he says they have a team of 40 trained investigators on staff with experience collecting usable evidence and working as two separate teams actively searching for deceased and live people.

They have already done profiles for each of the 86 missing women on their list, started a database and have interviewed people, plus have done interviews with America’s Most Wanted and CKNW AM 980 talk show host Peter Warren.

“Once we got off the air the phones started ringing with people wanting to voluntarily assist with this,” he said.

As well, they have an experienced canine cadaver recovery team.  Carrie Dornan, he says “is the best canine handler in the business” and is working on the case with her well-trained partner Punk.

“I bet you for the last twenty years we’ve been finding people in the bush around here.  This has been a dumping ground, said Harasemow.  “If there’s something there, we’ll find it.”

Spokesperson Const. Ann Drennan with the media liaison section of the Vancouver police department was unavailable for comment.




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

Updated: August 21, 2016