Body parts found in freezer: news report

Suzanne Fournier
The Province

Tuesday, June 04, 2002

As the first 26 archeology students began work on the pig farm of accused serial killer Robert Pickton yesterday, BC-CTV reported that police found body parts in a freezer there several months ago.

(The Province)

Investigator in white protective suit works in area behind barn at rear of Pickton pig farm in Port Coquitlam.

A team of 34 students and police officers, in hard hats and vests, toured the farm, pausing at selected spots, while white-suited forensic scientists sifted soil and preparations began for a major excavation of the 4.5-hectare site in Port Coquitlam.

Police say they have done an intensive surface search of the farm and its ramshackle buildings, evident in the view -- from the nearby Heritage Meadows subdivision built on former Pickton land -- of a trailer that police have stripped down to its studs, a barn full of carefully-stacked items and a conveyor belt for sifting soil.

Pickton's brother Dave, 51, a contractor who police say is not a suspect, has told The Province he kept an office in the trailer that he visited "six or seven times a day" and that his brother Willie [Robert] -- who has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder involving women missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside -- lived in the trailer.

BC-CTV said Dave Pickton told them that police seized five or six freezers used on the farm to store unsold pork and that police made a grisly find in one of them: The heads, hands and feet of two women.

Dave Pickton claimed the body parts were planted by a former employee to frame his brother, the station said.

Reached in Kamloops, Dave Pickton reacted with anger to the BC-CTV story.

"I never talked to anyone today -- what the hell are they saying? I don't know what the hell you're talking about," he said.

Police have confirmed in the past they found human remains in the case of two of the alleged victims, Sereena Abotsway, who went missing in July 2001, and Andrea Joesbury, missing since last June.

In the other five cases, police have said only that they have DNA evidence.

The students, many of them young women, checked in with perimeter security and then entered a new police area of the farm.

Two men building new homes near the police post confirmed that although the Riverwood subdivision is not former Pickton land, they recall Dave Pickton did the site preparation and landfill work.

Builder David Bruce said he bought one of the homes he built, which beside the Pickton farm, offering a clear view of the police at work.

"Dave Pickton drove by in his truck last week -- all those townhomes were built on what was Pickton land, and so was Blakeburn Elementary School and Blakeburn Park. Dave's machines did everything around here. He works hard."

RCMP Const. Catherine Galliford, spokeswoman for the Missing Women's Task Force, confirmed that the 26 students, from all over Canada, are trained in osteology -- human bone science -- and could be there up to a year. They begin digging on Thursday.

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