Timeline of Vancouve's missing women and key dates in the investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton.
Created by jeffnagelbc on Oct 13, 2011
Last updated: 10/13/11 at 12:12 PM
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Robert Pickton arrested after a search of his trailer on a tip about illegal guns turns up ID of missing women. Start of police interrogation, search of farm. Two charges of murder laid initially.
Angela Williams – Mother of three found murdered in Surrey in December 2001. Grew up in Campbell River. Her death is not attributed to Robert Pickton but is part of the Missing Women Inquiry because it could shed more light on missing person investigations.
Originally from O'Chiese First Nation in Alberta, Mona Wilson was raised by foster parents in Surrey before leaving home as a teen to leave independently and falling into addiction. Disappeared from the Downtown Eastside Nov. 23, 2001 at age 26. Her head was found in a pail in Pickton's slaughterhouse. One of the six victims Pickton was convicted of killing.
Dianne Rock grew up in Welland, Ontario. By age 28, she was the mother of five children. She was married and worked as a care aide to mentally handicapped adults in Abbotsford before her life took a turn for the worse in 2001. Last seen in DTES Oct. 19, 2001. Among 20 Pickton murder counts that never went to trial.
Sereena Abotsway suffered severe early childhood abuse before being raised from age 4 by foster parents in Surrey. Left home at 17 before falling into drugs and prostitution in the Downtown Eastside. Disappeared July 2001. Her inhaler was one of the first items linking Pickton to missing women found in a search of the farm in 2002. Her remains were later found in Pickton's freezer. One of the six victims Pickton was convicted of killing.
Andrea Joesbury was born in Victoria, and was raised by her mother until the age of 16, when she moved to Vancouver. She was last seen in June, 2001 at the age of 23. Andrea left behind her grandparents, parents and siblings, and a young daughter. Pickton convicted of her murder.
Dawn Crey was born into the Sto:lo First Nation, near Chilliwack, and is survived by a large family including six siblings, many nieces and nephews, and her own son. She was raised in foster care, but always maintained ties with her family. Dawn disappeared shortly before her 43rd birthday, in November 2000. Her DNA was found on the Pickton farm but no charges were ever laid.
From the Enoch Cree First Nation reserve, southwest of Edmonton. By age 35 Georgina Papin had seven children. Georgina disappeared from Vancouver’s DTES in March, 1999, leaving behind a large extended family. Pickton convicted of her murder.
Born and raised near Lethbridge. Brenda Wolfe eventually moved to the DTES where she made many friends and worked at the infamous Balmoral Hotel. Brenda had two children when she disappeared in February, 1999, at the age of 31. Pickton convicted for her murder.
Crown drops all charges against Pickton in connection with March 1997 attack on woman at farm.
Cynthia (or Cindy) Feliks was raised by her adoptive mother Marilyn, and attended Lord Byng High School on Vancouver’s west side. She had one daughter, now in her twenties, and many friends when she suddenly disappeared from the DTES in November of 1997. The police told Cindy’s family she “must be around” and would “likely just show up”.
Helen May Hallmark grew up in Burnaby. She entered foster care in her early teens but remained close with her natural family. She disappeared shortly after her 31st birthday in October, 1997.
Marnie Frey had a “typical” childhood in Campbell River, raised by her loving father and adoptive mother. Marnie moved to Vancouver in 1997 but maintained regular contact with her family. She went missing in August 1997, only days after calling her parents on her 24th birthday. Pickton convicted of her murder.
From a large family from the Carrier-Sekani First Nation in Fort St. James. Jackie Murdock was 26 years old when last seen at corner of Main and Hastings on August 14, 1997. DNA found on Pickton farm but no charge ever laid.
Pickton handcuffs and attacks a sex-trade worker in his trailer. The badly bleeding woman fights back, escapes and survives. Pickton charged with attempted murder, forcible confinement and assault charges, but they are later dropped.
Cara Ellis was born and raised in Calgary. She moved to Vancouver in her early 20s, and, despite no end to the troubles she encountered here, maintained close contact with her family back home. Cara vanished in early 1997, and the subsequent report of her disappearance was shrugged off by the VPD.