Relatives prepare for ordeal

'I'm really nervous as to what we're going to hear in there,' says sister

Lindsay Kines
Vancouver Sun

Monday, January 13, 2003

Police, friends and relatives of Vancouver's missing women attended a prayer service on the Katzie reserve Sunday afternoon to prepare for the start of a preliminary hearing today for accused serial killer Robert (Willy) Pickton.

Global News reporter Shane Foxman overlooks a crowd of family members, the public and media converging on a Port Coquitlam courtroom where the preliminary hearing for accused serial killer Willy Pickton starts Monday. This live shot was an hour before the scheduled start of the hearing at 9:30 a.m.

Pickton, 53, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 15 women who disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Ernie Crey, whose sister, Dawn, is among the missing, but not one of the alleged victims, described the prayer service as "very touching" and useful preparation for what promises to be a grueling experience for family members.

For 11 months, investigators have been sifting through soil, searching for clues at Pickton's Dominion Avenue farm in Port Coquitlam. What police have found will be presented over the next four months in a hearing that is expected to attract international attention.

"I'm really nervous as to what we're going to hear in there," said Sandra Gagnon, whose sister, Janet Henry, is also among the missing, but not one of the alleged victims.

"But on the other hand, my sister's missing and I've been there ever since the beginning. I've spoken out about my sister left and right and done my utmost to try and find her. And I'm always going to be there."

There is a ban on publication for Canadian reporters. But there are concerns that American media will breach the ban via the Internet.

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