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Report of the missing women inquiry to be released soon via the Internet

CHILLIWACK - The report of the inquiry looking into B.C.'s missing women is about to be released via the Internet by the B.C. government.

But Ernie Crey, whose sister's DNA was found on Robert Pickton's farm, is angry that the families of the missing women aren't being given the courtesy of a personal delivery.

"Families will get copies of the final report (via email) one hour before its broader release," Crey said. "I feel it's impersonal, it's cold and disrespectful."

Crey said he is asking Premier Christy Clark to reverse the ministry's decision.

"I am writing a letter to the Premier asking her to step in and direct that the final report be released not only on the Internet, but also in an in-person setting to the families, Inquiry participants and the press," he said.

A ministry spokesman was not immediately available to answer why the report was only being released via the Internet, instead of the usual delivery by a ministry official who can then be questioned about the Inquiry findings.

But Crey said his "hunch" is the ministry wanted "as little hoopla as possible" and to avoid the "spectacle" of grieving families appearing in the media.

"The report is probably quite damning," he said. "I think the ministry felt it was just too messy a proposition."

Inquiry Commissioner Wally Opal submitted his report to the ministry on Nov. 22

The inquiry looked into how police investigations of women reported missing from Vancouver's downtown eastside were conducted, and why Crown counsel stayed the 20 remaining charges against Pickton after he was convicted on just six counts of second-degree murder.

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