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Friday, January 27, 2012
‘Serial-killer theory’ dismissed
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Lorna Nelmes was reported missing on Jan. 15.
Missing teenager back with family Jennifer McFee
Former Vancouver police officer Kim Rossmo testified Wednesday that police could have solved the missingwomen case and halted serial killer Robert Pickton as early as 1999. Rossmo, now a Texasbased expert on “criminal investigation failure,” testified at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry that the lives of 14 women could have been saved if senior VPD managers had heeded community groups and their own street-level officers. “It could have been and should have been solved much sooner, by the end of 1999, if there had been the proper resources deployed and if senior managers in the VPD had taken it more seriously,” Rossmo told lawyer Cameron Ward. Pickton, convicted of the murder of six women, boasted
of killing 49 women and was killing women as often as once a month before his arrest in 2002. Rossmo agreed with Ward that by 1998, VPD Det. Const. Lori Shenher had good contacts with Downtown Eastside groups, who were sounding the alarm about dozens of women going missing and a possible serial killer on the loose. “In the beginning, the community groups knew more than the police,” said Rossmo. “No. 1 group that solves crime generally is the community.” After that, front-line officers are the most successful and the third most likely group to solve crime is senior police managers, said Rossmo. Rossmo set up a “missing women working group” in 1998 but it was shot down by VPD Insp. Fred Biddlecombe,
who dismissed the “serialkiller theory,” he said. By May 1999, Rossmo noted that Shenher had confirmed that dozens of women were genuinely missing and very likely the victims of foul play. Shenher also had by August 1998 a solid informant, Bill Hiscox, describing Pickton by name as a killer who trolled the Downtown Eastside, then butchered women at his PoCo
farm and disposed of their remains. Hiscox shared in a $100,000 reward for his tips to police about Pickton. Rossmo testified he didn’t hear about Pickton until 1999. Rossmo agreed with lawyer Robyn Gervais that the VPD had a “duty to warn,” yet failed to protect the women most in danger. —Suzanne Fournier The Province
email@example.com A missing teenage girl has been found and reunited with her family. Coquitlam RCMP had been looking for 14-year-old Lorna Nelmes, who was last seen by her father on Monday, Jan. 13 when he dropped her off at a drop-in centre near Lougheed Mall in Burnaby. When the Coquitlam teen didn’t return home, her family contacted police on Jan. 15 to report her missing. Police asked for the public’s help to find Nelmes on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, they announced that she had been located. twitter.com/jennifermcfee
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