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Vancouver Island killings: 'I want to know what happened to my daughter'

May 23 2012

The mothers of two slain Duncan-area women will have to wait until next month to face the man accused in the killings of their daughters

William Robert Gordon Elliott, 24, did not appear in Duncan provincial court on Tuesday. He was represented by his lawyer, Scott Sheets. Elliott is charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with the deaths of Tyeshia Jones, 18, and Kerry Ann Stone, 42.

The killings took place seven months apart.

Stone's charred remains were found in July 2010, in a wooded area in Glenora, near Duncan. She had been missing about five days.

Jones, a member of the Cowichan Tribes, was killed Jan. 22, 2011, after leaving a party on Miller Road. Her naked body was found six days later in a wooded area near the Shaker Church cemetery off Indian Road.

Preparing for Tuesday's appearance, the mothers of the women did not know how much detail they would hear about their daughters' deaths. They heard none.

Justice of the peace Shannon Cole set a new court date for June 26. Elliott, also a member of the Cowichan Tribes, is expected to appear via closed-circuit television.

A trial date will be set at that time.

"I woke up feeling sick. I didn't know whether I was going to see him," Jones's mother, Mary Jim, said after leaving the courthouse.

Since Elliott was arrested on April 20 at his home on Mission Road, Jim has been trying to brace herself to hear the details of what happened to her daughter.

"This is my daughter and I want to be here to hear everything," she said.

"Every day, you wonder what happened. I want to know what happened to my daughter."

dspalding@timescolonist.com

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