Nine more may be added to list of missing downtown eastside women

Canadian Press

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Police are reviewing the cases of nine more women who may be added to a list of those missing from the downtown eastside, the same neighbourhood where seven women accused serial killer Robert William Pickton is charged with killing were last seen.

Vancouver Sun

Some of the over 50 women who have disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Pickton, 52, has been charged with first-degree murder in those deaths. The seven are among the 54 women who have disappeared from the poverty-stricken area.

Members of a joint RCMP-Vancouver city police task force have been scouring Pickton's suburban Vancouver properties since February for clues to the disappearances.

It is Canada's largest-ever crime scene investigation.

The task force has scheduled a news conference Thursday to discuss the review of the nine new cases.

Pickton, 52, is accused of killing:

- Mona Wilson, who was 26 when she was last seen in November.

- Sereena Abotsway, 29 when she disappeared in August 2001.

- Jacqueline McDonell, 23 when she was last seen in January 1999.

- Diane Rock, 34 when last seen in October 2001.

- Heather Bottomley, 25 when she disappeared in April 2001.

- Andrea Joesbury, 22 when last seen in June 2001.

- Brenda Wolfe, 32 when last seen in February 1999

A preliminary hearing is expected to begin in November.

Forty-three of the 54 women already on the list have disappeared from the drug-infested downtown eastside since 1995. Most of then were sex trade workers and drug addicts.

Police say they have found human remains at the Coquitlam farm where Pickton lived. They are searching at least one other property co-owned by Pickton.

Task force members have said the search could take more than a year.

Police investigators have been joined by 51 anthropologists specializing in archaeology and human osteology

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