The Missing Women inquiry limps into its final phase with its credibility in tatters and a key witness bolting.

As if Commissioner Wally Oppal isn’t facing enough adversity, the one woman who escaped from serial killer Robert Pickton refused to testify Tuesday.

Critics have long argued that as many as 19 or 20 women might not have died had prosecutors proceeded with charges against the pig farmer after he stabbed the former sex-trade worker known only as Ms. Anderson back in 1997.

The woman, whose identity is protected by court order, died on the operating table and had to be resuscitated as a result of her wounds. She has since turned her life around and was to testify this week…

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