Man warned police four years ago

Female friend told him about dealings at Port Coquitlam pig farm

Kim Westad
Times Colonist (Victoria)

Thursday, April 04, 2002

Bill Hiscox

A Campbell River man says he went to police four years ago with suspicions about a Port Coquitlam pig farm that is now the focus of extensive murder investigations.

Bill Hiscox went to police in 1998 with information told to him by a female friend about strange goings-on at Robert (Willy) Pickton's farm. Pickton now faces five charges of first-degree murder, all relating to women who disappeared from Vancouver's downtown eastside.

"They were really slow on the whole damn thing," Hiscox, 41, said in an interview Wednesday. "It just really amazed me."

Vancouver police had been told about unusual activities at the farm since July 1998 by several people, including Hiscox.

"A really good friend of mine told me lots of things. She had her suspicions as well."

Hiscox said he had been to the farm several times in 1997 and 1998 to collect his paycheque from Pickton, who owned P and B Salvage where Hiscox worked doing demolition.

He found Pickton to be a "little strange." However, it was the comments of his friend Lisa, who did cleaning for Pickton, as well as talking to the family of one of the missing women, that prompted Hiscox to talk to a Vancouver police constable.

The officer told him police couldn't act on possible evidence that Hiscox hadn't seen himself.

"She said they couldn't really do anything, they can't just go in there based on assumptions," Hiscox said. "The constable wanted to talk to Lisa, but she didn't want to get involved with the police or anything."

Hiscox said he talked to the officer several times.

A few weeks ago, he gave a DNA sample, as many others who have been on the pig farm have done.

"They want samples of DNA from people who have been at the farm," Hiscox said.

The run-down farm wasn't the kind of place one expected a boss to be living, Hiscox said. There were numerous outbuildings, where Pickton was often working on trucks.

"Willy is a very strange person to talk to. He's like antisocial. He was very quiet to us. That's why I found him sort of strange."

After he gave a DNA sample, Hiscox said, police also asked him about a large bus with tinted windows that used to be at the farm site.

When he heard Pickton had been arrested in February, Hiscox said he was happy.

"I was happy just knowing there might be some closure for the families. It could put to rest all those fears of not knowing."

Hiscox said he has lost touch with Lisa, but hopes she can come forward with information about Pickton.

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