By Allison Cross
1991: A memorial march in honour of the missing women is held in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Participants hope to pressure the police into launching an investigation.
1995: There is a sudden increase in the number of missing women.
1997: Marnie Frey, 27, disappears.
1998: Families and relatives notice another increase of missing women, and suggest to Vancouver police that a serial killer might be operating in the Downtown Eastside.
1999: Vancouver Police Board offers a $100,000 reward for information about 27 women who had gone missing since 1978, after receiving pressure from the public. Two Vancouver detectives team up in the spring with two RCMP detectives to review a file that contained details about 31 missing women. Georgina Papin and Brenda Wolfe disappear.
2001: Yet another increase in the number of missing women. Andrea Joesbury, 22, is reported missing, as are Sereena Abotsway, 29, and Mona Wilson, 26.
2002 – 2006: Robert William Pickton’s pig farm in Port Coquitlam is searched. Police find body parts and DNA evidence of missing women. Pickton is charged with 26 counts of first-degree murder. He pleads not guilty.
January 2007: Murder trial for six of the women begins.
December 2007: Pickton found guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of the six women and sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.