VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Pickton farm yields another missing woman's DNA
December 19, 2007
VANCOUVER - A B.C. woman has announced her sister's DNA was found on Robert (Willie) Pickton's farm - bringing the tally to 30 women on the official police list of 65 missing women to be linked to the Pickton investigation through DNA testing.
Daphne Pierre said she was told by police her sister Jackie Murdock's DNA was found on the farm, but was asked not to tell anyone until Pickton's trial ended.
Pickton was convicted earlier this month on six counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.
"They told me that they had found her DNA at the (Pickton) pig farm. It made me feel really sad, and I thought I had cried enough," said the Surrey, B.C., woman.
The Missing Women Task Force confirmed Wednesday that Murdock's DNA was located, but Staff Sgt. Wayne Clary would say nothing further because Pickton still faces a second trial on 20 more murder charges.
Clary said it will ultimately be up to Crown prosecutors to decide whether to charge Pickton with any new murder counts before his second trial begins.
DNA from the six women he was convicted of killing, the 20 women at the centre of his second trial, and four more women - including Murdock - for whom charges have not been laid has all been found on the farm.
In addition, the tally of possible victims also includes four more women who police have been unable to identify yet. The remains include a rib and heel bone of a victim dubbed "Jane Doe" that were found buried on Pickton's farm.
Pierre said the last time she saw her sister was in November 1996 in the Downtown Eastside. She was 25 at the time.
"She was so happy to see me. She started crying and said, 'I don't want to go back out there,'" Pierre said.
Pierre reported her youngest sister - and mother of five - missing in 1997. She said she heard nothing further about Murdock until members of the Missing Women Task Force visited her in 2004.
Pierre said police would not tell her what exactly they found bearing her sister's DNA.
"They wouldn't even tell my mom . . . because of the next trial," Pierre said. "She wanted to have a memorial service."
Pierre said she is hopeful there will be a criminal charge laid in connection with her sister's case.
"I wouldn't mind (Pickton) going to trial for that too, but that doesn't give me any answers regarding my sister - or to bring her home," said Pierre.
Murdock was the youngest daughter in a large First Nations family from Fort St. James, B.C.
"When she was younger, when she was a little girl, we used to put lots of ponytails in her hair. She used to be really cute, very chubby. She was a very intelligent little girl," Pierre recalled.
Things deteriorated when Murdock got older, however, and she was eventually seized from her parents and put into foster care. After a series of runaway attempts, she ended up on the Downtown Eastside.
© CanWest News Service 2007
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