$100,000 Reward

More tools aid in search for women

 By: Roxanne Hooper, Staff Reporter, Maple Ridge, The News,  July 28, 1999.

      A poster with photographs of 31 women missing from Vancouver’s downtown eastside and details of a $100,000 reward were released by Attorney-General Ujjal Dosanjh Tuesday.

It’s hoped the large offer of money, increased awareness caused by the poster and the airing of this story on America’s Most Wanted on Saturday night will bring forward some leads, said Maple Ridge’s own Sandra Gagnon.

She has spent the past two years searching for her younger sister, Janet Gail Henry.  Henry was 36 when she disappeared from an East Hastings hotel in Vancouver on June 25, 1997.  She had a drinking and drug problem, numerous health problems, and may have been involved in prostitution.

Henry is one of the 31 women, reportedly all involved in prostitution, that have disappeared during the past four years.

“The number of women missing without explanation from Vancouver’s downtown eastside is extremely troubling and warrants these kinds of extraordinary measures,” Dosanjh said.  “The size of the reward, and the publicity generated by the posters, will help police gather as much information as possible on the cases.”

As well as photographs of the missing women, the new poster contains their names, birth dates, when they were last seen and when they were reported missing.  It also offers details about the reward, of which the attorney general’s ministry has contributed 70 per cent of the money while the city of Vancouver offered to cover the rest.

Gagnon was among several relatives and law enforcement officers interviewed last month by producers of the television show America’s Most Wanted.  On Tuesday she told The News that she was thrilled to see these cases finally getting attention.

But the decision last month by the Vancouver City Police to combine the cases reinforces her long-time fear that a serial killer might be responsible for the disappearance of her sister and any or all of the other women.

The segment on America’s Most Wanted is expected to air Saturday, July 31 at 9 p.m. on  Fox Television.  In the meantime, there is an information website that has been set up about the missing women: 

The poster, with enlarged photographs, is available on the Vancouver police website at

To report information about any of the missing women, call CrimeStoppers at 669-TIPS or 717-3415.

Janet Gail Henry

America's Most Wanted on FOX Network



Missing Women Tip Line: 1-877-687-3377

Updated: August 21, 2016