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Edmonton-Area Human Remains Identified

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Human remains found by a surveyor in May near Morinville, Alta., just north of Edmonton, have been identified as a woman who disappeared from the inner city 10 years ago.

Deanna Bellerose was last seen getting into a car near 95 Street and 105A Avenue in Edmonton's inner city on Sept. 9, 2002, said RCMP

Bellerose's sister Ginger Lee was murdered in the International Hotel, a derelict inner-city hotel, the year before.

"Two young women are dead from the same family, that's a profound tragedy," said Kate Quinn, who works with prostitutes in Edmonton

"For the family it must close one sad chapter, but it also reopens the wounds and memories of that time when she went missing."

The sisters grew up without a father and their mother committed suicide when Deanna was still a teenager, she said.

Both girls ended up becoming prostitutes, Quinn said.

Richard David Douglas was convicted of second-degree murder in Ginger Lee's death.

Deanne Bellerose, who would have turned 39 years old Friday, left behind four children when she disappeared.

RCMP have not yet determined how or when Bellerose died.

Project KARE, which investigates murdered or missing people in Alberta who live high-risk lifestyles, is part of the investigation.