Women and Children

More missing women expected to be named

Canadian Press, from Globe and Mail, 07/25/2002

Vancouver Police are reviewing the cases of nine more women who may be added Thursday to a list of those missing from the downtown eastside, the same neighbourhood where seven of the women that Robert William Pickton is charged with killing were last seen. Mr. Pickton, 52, has been charged with first-degree murder in those deaths. The seven are among the 54 women who have disappeared from the poverty-stricken area.

Members of a joint RCMP-Vancouver city police task force have been scouring Mr. Pickton's suburban Vancouver properties since February for clues to the disappearances. It has developed into the largest crime scene investigation in Canadian history. The task force has scheduled a news conference Thursday to discuss the review of the nine new cases.

Mr. Pickton is accused of killing:

  • Mona Wilson, who was 26 when she was last seen in November of 2001.
  • Sereena Abotsway, 29 when she disappeared in August of 2001.
  • Jacqueline McDonell, 23 when she was last seen in January of 1999.
  • Diane Rock, 34 when last seen in October of 2001.
  • Heather Bottomley, 25 when she disappeared in April of 2001.
  • Andrea Joesbury, 22 when last seen in June of 2001.
  • Brenda Wolfe, 32 when last seen in February of 1999.

Forty-three of the 54 women already on the list have disappeared from the drug-infested downtown eastside since 1995. Most of then were sex trade workers and drug addicts. A preliminary hearing is expected to begin in November. Police say they have found human remains at the Coquitlam farm where Mr. Pickton lived. They are also searching at least one other property co-owned by the suspect. Even with the help of more than 50 anthropologists specializing in archaeology and human osteology, task force members have warned that the search could take more than a year.

Now, 2004, the prosecution have added many more cases to Pickton's sheet, and have closed the site. There is still much more to do, and the case will not come to court for the forseeable future.