Ontario man says he recognizes photos of murdered B.C. women: police

Canadian Press

Thursday, June 13, 2002

VANCOUVER (CP) - Ontario RCMP will interview a man who says he knew two of the seven women confirmed dead in the case of least 50 missing B.C. women.

Const. Howard Adams of the Toronto West RCMP detachment said Thursday the man recently saw photos of several women in a Toronto newspaper story about the case and called police in British Columbia. Adams said the man, whose name isn't being released, told B.C. police that he knew two of the women in the photos from when he worked as a dump truck driver on the West Coast several years ago.

RCMP officer records traffic entering a Port Coquitlam pig farm Monday, June 3, 2002, where police have been continuing the search for the remains of fifty missing women from Vancouver's downtown eastside.
(CP/Chuck Stoody)

"He called up (RCMP in) B.C. and they've asked us to interview him to see what information he's able to provide and then we will be sending that information back to B.C. investigators," Adams said about the Brampton, Ont., man.

He said the man worked for the Pickton family, who own a pig farm in suburban Port Coquitlam that has been part of an extensive probe involving a joint Vancouver police-RCMP task force since February.

Police have found DNA evidence in the probe that may continue at the 4.5-hectare site for another year.

Twenty-six archeology students specializing in the study of human bones are also looking for clues in the case involving at least 50 women missing from the Vancouver's gritty downtown eastside.

Most of the women were prostitutes and drug addicts and started disappearing in 1983. Thirty-nine have not been seen since March 1995.

Robert Pickton, 52, a co-owner of the farm, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven women.

Pickton made his last court appearance this week before his preliminary hearing Nov. 4.

RCMP Const. Catherine Galliford, a spokeswoman for the joint B.C. task force, wouldn't comment on the Ontario connection.

Police have also kept mum on reports that at least one head and the hands and feet of two women were found in a freezer at the farm several months ago.

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