The Vancouver Police Board is paying out at least some of the cash set aside to encourage tipsters to come forward with information about the person responsible for the disappearance of dozens of Lower Mainland women.

A release from the Vancouver Police Department says six people will receive a portion of the $100,000 reward offered for information that eventually led to the arrest and conviction of Robert Pickton.

The six will not be identified and the release only says the reward will be apportioned between them, although it doesn't say how much each received or what sort of information they might have supplied.

The reward was originally posted in May 1999 and consisted of $70,000 from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and $30,000 from Vancouver police.

Pickton was convicted of six counts of second degree murder in Dec. 2008, six years after he was arrested and charged with the first degree murders of 26 women.

More than 60 women disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside as far back as the 1980's and after his arrest, Pickton confessed to an undercover officer that he had killed 49 women and was planning to stop at 50.