Families of missing women infuriated by Vancouver mayor's comments

CBC News
Last Updated Wed, 06 Mar 2002 9:33:49

VANCOUVER - Families and friends of 50 missing Vancouver women are flooding city hall with outraged phone calls and e-mails after the mayor said he wouldn't begin a public inquiry into the way the case was handled.

Police have been searching a farm in Port Coquitlam since early February and have charged one of the farm's co-owners, Robert William Pickton, with first-degree murder in the deaths of two of the missing women.

Mayor Philip Owen has rejected calls for a probe into the initial police investigation of the disappearances. He is also against the idea of meeting with family members.

"When there's a criminal investigation going on, I'm opposed to that. I don't think it's appropriate at this time," said Owen.

He also said the search of the pig farm was costing the city a lot of money.

Family members say they are angry at the way the city is handling the investigation into their disappearance.

Kathleen Hallmark-McClelland's daughter disappeared five years ago. She called the mayor's comments infuriating.

"I felt that he should be out there at the pig farm digging in the muck with his bare hands," said Hallmark-McClelland.

But she said the mayor is only part of the problem. "None of them took it seriously to start out with. None of them. The fact that they're spending $200,000, I mean, so what? Add up these lives. They're not worth it?"

She says she'll continue to press the city to launch an inquiry.

"I still hold to the fact that, you know, if there had been six dogs missing in one area there would have been more done," said Hallmark-McClelland.

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