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Former VPD officer accepts apology

Former Vancouver police inspector Kim Rossmo says he's pleased former Vancouver mayor Philip Owen has apologized for comments he made on CBC Radio.

Former Vancouver police inspector Kim Rossmo says he's pleased former Vancouver mayor Philip Owen has apologized for comments he made on CBC Radio.

In the 2010 interview, Owen criticized Rossmo's work as a geographic profiler in the Vancouver missing women's investigation.

On Tuesday, Owen took out ads in four Canadian newspapers to apologize for his remarks.

Rossmo said the apology brings the case to a close.

"We asked for an apology, and we pointed out to his lawyer the podcast that could still be listened to and supplied them with documentary evidence, and they came back ... with an apology," Rossmo said.

Rossmo said he's disappointed Owen made the remarks in the first place.

"This was very much out of left field. I don't understand why he did it. He and I disagreed for some years about the need for a public inquiry. But you can have such a disagreement without resorting to falsehoods," Rossmo said.

In his apology, Owen acknowledged Rossmo was one of the first people to identify a serial killer was likely involved in the disappearance of women from the downtown eastside.

Robert William Pickton was convicted in 2007 of six murders.

Rossmo invented a technique of tracking crimes that's being used around the world. He was also the first Canadian police officer to get a PhD in Criminology.

Rossmo is now a professor at Texas State University.

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