British Columbia

One more woman's DNA found on Pickton farm, sister says

A Surrey woman says her sister's DNA was found on Robert William Pickton's pig farm.

A Surrey woman says her sister's DNA was found on Robert William Pickton's pig farm.

Daphne Pierre told CBC News that police told her in 2004 that Jacqueline Murdock's remains were found on the Pickton farm in Port Coquitlam, B.C.,but instructed her not to make the news public until Pickton's trial was over.

So far police have not confirmed that Murdock's remains were found on the pig farm, but she is listed as one of the 65 women known to have gone missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. RCMP list her as last seen in January 1997.

Nobody has been charged in the case, and Pierre said police have not given her much information, including exactly what they may have found on the farm.

"What kind of her remains they found, I wouldn't mind knowing. The best thing I would want is, I would want to bring her remains home cause we never had a memorial service for her or anything like that."

Pierre told CBC News she can still remember the last time she and her husband went looking for her sister in the Downtown Eastside, in November 1996.

"I ask her how she was doing and I told her to go home.… I said, 'Mom wants you home,' and she started crying. She said 'I don't want to go home,'" Pierre said.

"My husband gave her some money," she said. "I says, 'Send a card to Mum or something to let her know you're okay.'"

That was the last time anyone in the family had any contact with Murdock. Pierre reported her missing a year later.

Robert Pickton was convicted on Dec. 9 of six counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of six women who went missing fromthe Downtown Eastside.

He has also been charged with murdering 20 other women from the troubled inner-city neighbourhood, but it is not certain if and when the second trial might go ahead.