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He drove a red, four-wheel drive vehicle or pick-up truck. He lived or worked in a remote rural area of British Columbia's Fraser Valley, around Agassiz and Mission. He may have been employed by a local corrections institution, a forestry company or a logging firm. Or maybe he just went fishing, hunting or camping in the area.

He may also have murdered three drug-addicted women who worked as prostitutes in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, according to the most recent theory of a special RCMP investigation.

On the 15th anniversary of the deaths of Tracy Olajide, Tammy Pipe and Victoria Younker, the RCMP have issued a special appeal for tips related to their murders.

"[It's]in the hope that something will come to somebody's mind and they will say 'Hey, you know what, I always wondered about that, and I never called at the time,' " Staff Sergeant John Cater, team leader of Project Evenhanded, the RCMP Missing Women Task Force said Tuesday in an interview.

The RCMP released crime-scene evidence this week because they believe someone has information that would help them, said Staff Sgt. Cater.

The police suspect a second serial killer was active in the same neighbourhood and around the same time as Robert Pickton.

Mr. Pickton has been convicted of murdering six women from the Downtown Eastside between 1997 to 2001. He continues to be suspected of murdering as many as 49 women from the neighbourhood. He was ruled out as a suspect in the murder of Ms. Olajide, Ms. Pipe and Ms. Younker on Nov. 21, 2000, after testing indicated his DNA profile did not match "cast-off" samples of DNA on blood-soaked bandages associated with two of the women.

Ms. Olajide, 30, was a long time resident of the Downtown Eastside who used drugs and had a history of working as a prostitute. The mother of one child, she was last seen near the Waldorf Hotel near Commercial Drive on Aug. 10, 1995. Her body was discovered two days later on a trail adjacent to a logging road near Agassiz.

Ms. Pipe, 24, worked as a prostitute around the Patricia Hotel on Hastings Street to support her cocaine use. She was last seen on Aug. 29, 1995. Four days later, her body was discovered in the middle of a remote side road outside Agassiz.

Ms. Younker, 35, was a drug addict who had been involved in petty theft and prostitution. Her partly decomposed body was found outside Mission on Oct. 21, 1995.

None of the women had been reported missing.

Among the evidence that police have just released is the fact that investigators found red automotive paint chips at the sites where the bodies were found. The investigation also determined that a four-by-four vehicle or a pick-up truck was used because a car would have had too much difficulty driving on the logging roads, Staff-Sgt. Cater said.

Police believe the murderer felt comfortable in the Downtown Eastside and interacted with these women, he said. Police also believe the offender has an intimate knowledge of the logging roads and areas around Agassiz and Mission, about 125 kilometres east of Downtown Eastside, Staff Sgt. Cater said.

DNA of a possible suspect was associated with Ms. Olajide and Ms. Pipe, he added. Police believe the same person killed Ms. Younker, based on similarities in the evidence related to the three women.

A team of seven investigators from the RCMP and the Vancouver Police Department have the names of "hundreds of people" who could be responsible for this type of offence, Staff Sgt. Cater said.

"Hopefully, someone from the public will phone in and give us that lead," he said.

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