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The Province

Monday, March 18, 2002

Gina Houston

TORONTO -- Police are investigating a woman in the case of more than 50 missing women, mostly prostitutes from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, CBC's Sunday Report and CTV National News reported.

While Gina Houston has denied any connection with the missing women, the 34-year-old mother told the CBC she believes she's the number one suspect still at large.

Robert William Pickton, 52, the owner of a pig farm in suburban Port Coquitlam which has been the focus of an intense police investigation, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sereena Abotsway and Mona Wilson.

"They've been making my life a living hell -- the police," Houston told CBC, adding that she's been under investigation for four years and has been closely monitored by police.

The woman was a neighbour of Pickton's and has publicly defended him and visited him in jail, CTV reported. Houston has not been charged.

CBC also reported that police executed search warrants at a storage facility, seizing all of Houston's personal possessions, including furniture, dishes and her children's toys.

Police could not be reached for comment last night. In the past, detectives have refused to discuss the specifics of their investigation but have acknowledged that they are investigating other suspects.

Houston has denied having anything to do with the disappearance of any of the women but thinks she could be arrested at any time. She could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The pig farm has been one of the biggest criminal investigations in B.C. history. Investigators with the joint RCMP-Vancouver police task force won't say what they have found at the farm but insist the two women that Pickton is charged with killing are dead.

Families of the missing women continue to raise questions about why police didn't move sooner to investigate reports of activity more than four years ago at a farm, CTV reported.

Police did not follow up on information because of the cost of surveillance and a jurisdictional problem involving Vancouver police and the Mounties, CTV said. It did not provide details of the jurisdictional problem.

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