23 years old, missing since June 2001.
Photo courtesy of her mother, Karin.
She grew up amid the spectre of alcoholism, physical abuse and
mental illness. So when a boyfriend
persuaded 16-year-old Joesbury to
move away with him it seemed like the perfect escape. It wasn't.
Her boyfriend was a drug dealer who wound up getting her addicted
to the products he sold and she
ended up on the streets selling
herself to support her new habit. She worked for a series of pimps
violently abused her.
But her family remembers her as a loving daughter with a big smile
and a person who was a wonderful
big sister to her siblings. She had a
daughter of her own when she was last seen in June 2001.
DOB: 20/Aug/1971. Last seen: 01/Aug/2001. Reported missing: 22/Aug/2001.
She never really had much of a chance at life, yet friends say she
was able to make the best of it. She
was born with fetal alcohol syndrome in a bad area of town.
Both her biological parents died when
she was young, with her father
succumbing to a drug habit.
But her life seemed to turn around when she was taken in by foster
parents Bert and Anna Draayers.
They did their best with the difficult
youngster, and she stayed with them from age four until she
was 17. But she was prone to violence and when her adoptive folks couldn't
control her anymore,
they were forced to place her in a group home. It
was there the impressionable teen was
introduced to drugs and a
lifestyle that would eventually see her working the streets.
Despite her life as a prostitute, Abotsway was also an activist for
the women she worked with, and
when her colleagues began disappearing
from the streets of Vancouver in the 80s and 90s, she
often spoke up
at rallies and demanded action.
But she joined the growing list in August 2001 at the age of 29,
and her remains were later dug
up and identified on the Pickton farm.
Marnie Lee Frey
Frey was originally reported missing in Campbell River but in fact
disappeared in Vancouver. She was a
known drug addict and sex trade
worker in the Downtown Eastside area. She was last seen in August
She seemed to have it all - a loving home and a family that
supported her. She even attended a Christian
school. But when Marnie Frey had a daughter at age 18, her life changed.
She was lured into the world of
drugs though a local gang and finally
wound up on the streets of Vancouver selling her body to maintain
habit. But despite the alteration, she always phoned home, sometimes up to
eight times a day, to
find out how her little girl was doing.
Her last call came on September 4, 1999. From then on there was
only silence. Her remains were among
those recovered on that lonely
farm in Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Georgina Faith Papin
DOB: 11/March/1964. LAST SEEN: 02/March/1999. Reported missing: 14/March/2001.
Both Georgina and her eight siblings were put in foster care early
in life and she never really knew her
family. By the time she hit 18,
the First Nations-born Papin had been living with dozens of different
people and couldn't put down roots anywhere.
She was said to have had an 'on-again, off-again' addiction to
drugs, but always found time to contact
her daughter, who lived with
Papin had seven children in total, but because of her lifestyle -
which included some prison time - she
was challenged on their custody
in court. She was last seen in March 1999, after telling her daughter
she wasn't feeling well and planned to check into a local care
facility. She was only 34-years-old.
Mona Lee Wilson
Wilson, here in an undated photo, who went missing from the
She was removed from a First Nations reserve in Alberta to find a
life that varied from extreme happiness
to outright misery. As a young
girl, she lived in a treatment centre, but was taken out after being
badly beaten in a hallway. She was placed with a foster family from age eight to 14, and they nurtured
her and gave her the only love she would ever know.
She was later put into a home with a single mother and her 14-year-old
son, and the love that had helped
her blossom soon faded. Two years later, she would be living on her own in Vancouver,
turning to heroin
to hide her pain and prostitution to finance her
She disappeared in November 2001 at the age of 26, even as she was
trying to kick the habit
and turn her life around.
Brenda Ann Wolfe
DOB 68-10-20, Reported missing on 2000-04-25; date last seen
Not a lot is known about how Brenda Wolfe got from Lethbridge,
Alberta to the mean streets of Vancouver's
East Side. She was briefly
addicted to drugs but seemed to have turned her life around, working
waitress and a bouncer in a local eatery.
Her friends say she was never a prostitute and in fact worked to
defend them if they were attacked, in
what's being called a 'street
enforcer' role. It was because of that identity that so many were surprised
her named as one of Robert Pickton's alleged victims. She disappeared
in February 1999.