VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Nine more women linked to Pickton case, total 31
Remains include three unidentified women
January 28, 2004
The number of victims linked to the Robert (Willy) Pickton serial murder investigation reached 31 Tuesday after the Missing Women Task Force announced it had found the DNA of nine more women.
Corporal Catherine Galliford (left) and Detective-Constable Sheila Sullivan address the missing women task force news conference.
CREDIT: Glenn Baglo, Vancouver Sun
Six of the victims were on the list of 65 women missing from the Downtown Eastside, and their remains were found on the Port Coquitlam pig farm owned by Pickton and his family.
The other three victims have not been identified and police will not say whether their remains were found on the farm.
Yvonne Marie Boen
Pickton is charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder, and the Crown has indicated it plans to lay another seven murder charges later this year.
No charges have been laid in connection with the nine new victims.
The six missing women whose DNA was found on the Pickton property are Yvonne Marie Boen, reported missing in March 2001; Andrea Fay Borhaven, reported missing in May 1999; Wendy Lynn Crawford, reported missing in December 1999; Dawn Teresa Crey, reported missing in December 2000; Cara Louise Ellis, last seen in 1997 and reported missing in October 2002; and Kerry Koski, reported missing in January 1998.
Koski's brother-in-law Terry Hughes said it was devastating to be visited by police Monday with news of his wife's sister's DNA being located. But after waiting for six years for news, the family was prepared for the worst.
Andrea Fay Borhaven
"I think really it is the news that we knew would come. With everything that has gone on so far, we thought this would be the end result," a Hughes said.
"There is always hope, but this [news] has taken the hope away."
Police have compared the remains of the three unidentified victims to the DNA profiles they compiled on all but one of the 65 missing women. No match was found, and police believe the victims are women who have not yet been reported missing.
Vancouver police Detective-Constable Sheila Sullivan appealed to people to contact investigators if they can think of any missing woman who fits the profile of those in this case.
Wendy Lynn Crawford
"The description would be that of a young woman whose family or friends believe may have been addicted to drugs or was involved in the sex trade and who hasn't been heard from since before February, 2002," she said.
Pickton was first arrested in February, 2002, when police began a 21-month search of his farm.
Police are also asking for friends of the six identified women to contact investigators with any information about their lifestyle, movement or associates.
"Our investigation into the disappearances of these women is continuing and we are still seeking witnesses and information that may assist us," said RCMP Corporal Catherine Galliford.
Dawn Teresa Crey
Police said the newest identifications have only recently been made, and it is too early to predict if they will result in additional charges.
"But we're hoping this does reassure the public that our investigation is continuing to move forward very strongly," Galliford said.
The task force would not reveal what type of human remains were found on the farm, but said the amount varied for each person.
Police also wouldn't comment on the possibility of more victims being identified through DNA. "There's so many exhibits that are still being processed and ultimately analysed by the lab, they are working at full capacity," Sullivan said.
Cara Louise Ellis
Pickton is accused of being Canada's worst serial killer. No date has been set for his trial, but it is expected to start in late 2004.
Ernie Crey, the brother of Dawn Crey, said the news of nine additional victims being found by the task force is troubling.
"It profoundly saddens me. But does it surprise me? No, because what I've learned is there is hardly anything about this investigation that surprises me. Shocking, yes. Profoundly troubling, yes. But surprising? No," he said.
Meanwhile, the task force said its work with the coroner's service to review all outstanding B.C. cases of unidentified human remains has led to the identification of another person on the missing women list.
Police have determined human remains found in Vancouver in 1988 belong to Taressa Ann Williams, who was 15 years old when she disappeared that year. She was reported missing 11 years later in 1999.
A runaway who had two children as a teenager, Taressa was a drug user and sex trade worker in the Downtown Eastside.
Police said there is no information at this time to suggest any link between Williams' remains and the Pickton investigation.
Galliford said there is still much work to do for the task force.
"We still have thousands of exhibits that have to be processed. We have review teams who are continuing to review outstanding cases of missing women who might fit our profile. We have investigators who are following up on other potential suspects," she said. "So there are many facets of this investigation that are still ongoing."
Ernie Crey said the families were warned, shortly after police began searching Pickton's farm in 2002, that the analysis of the DNA exhibits could take years.
"The wait has been excruciating, it has been lengthy, but they did tell us that would likely be the case," Crey said.
"It's been a long three-year wait for us, and it's been painful. And obviously some of the other families have still got a lengthy time before they hear word. My heart goes out to them, because you are on tenterhooks waiting."
© The Vancouver Sun 2004
Updated: August 21, 2016