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Because Belinda Williams vanished three years before her niece, Lorelei Williams, was born, the closest Lorelei has gotten to knowing her takes place when she looks in the mirror: For her entire life family has said she looks just like Belinda did.
In 2015, Lorelei is more familiar with the impact her aunt’s absence had on the family than her presence.
“I [have] seen what it did to them growing up as a kid,” she said.
“Every time I talked about my aunties their voices would shake.”
Belinda was not the last in the family to disappear. In 2002, Lorelei’s cousin, Tanya Holyk, was named one of Robert Pickton’s victims after her DNA was found on his farm.
Lorelei knows little about Belinda, but she spends time raising awareness about her aunt, asking the public to come forward with information that might help locate her, or at least tell the family what happened.
When she searches for Belinda’s name online, nothing comes up on B.C.’s website dedicated to missing persons, which dates back only to 2002, and she can’t find information about her aunt on police websites.
Lorelei started Butterflies in Spirit in 2011. The group’s focus is to raise awareness about Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous girls and women, and supports a federal inquiry into the issue.