On April 14, 1998, Sarah Jean de Vries went missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Her daughter, Sarah Jeanie, was seven years old at the time. She was living with her adoptive grandmother Pat in Guelph, Ont. because of her mother's struggles with addiction and work in the sex trade.
In 2002, Sarah Jean's DNA was discovered on a Port Coquitlam, B.C., farm that belonged to Robert Pickton, one of the most notorious serial killers in Canada's history.
An estimated 90 percent of the country's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women were mothers like Sarah Jean de Vries. Canada has now launched an MMIW inquiry.
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