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Scott family speaks for Madison (from The Citizen Newspaper)

June 8, 2011Frank PEEBLES original article
Citizen staff

http://madisonscott.ca/?attachment_id=277The girl so full of life was who Madison Scott’s mom and dad called attention to, now that she is so absent from theirs.

The 20-year-old Vanderhoof girl disappeared 11 days ago, during a campsite party at Hogsback Lake, a place she knew well, with people all around her she knew well. Yet sometime after 3 a.m. she went missing without any clue since.

Tuesday in Vanderhoof, her loved ones spoke to the public for the first time since the search for their daughter began.

“Maddy is the toughest, funniest, smartest, most sincere person I have ever had the privilege of meeting,” good friend Jasmine Klassen told The Citizen.

“She’s very talented, and has tried more hobbies than anyone I know. Photography, juggling, painting, pottery, four-wheeling, piano/trumpet/guitar-playing, amateur filmmaking, hockey, soccer, rugby, baseball, clay shooting, horseback riding, dirtbiking, working on vehicles… Even if she admits she’s not very good at something, she always has fun. She dreams big and works diligently toward her goals.”

Her mom and dad, Dawn and Eldon, held a public meeting to say thank you for the efforts so far.

“Madison Scott is a beautiful caring and loving daughter, sister and friend,” said Dawn, with Eldon sitting beside her. “She is a passionate 20-year-old young woman who loves sports and photography. She has a great sense of humour and she loves to socialize with family and friends.”

They thanked the many Search and Rescue personnel, police, and public volunteers who have undertaken the search using “every tool and resource available” and it continues, daily.

They also praised the community in general and neighbouring towns for all the inspiration and expressions of care that have flowed since the news emerged that Madison was unaccounted for.

“We are a private family, and we never thought we would be put into such a public position,” Dawn Scott said. “It is extremely hard for us all and we will do whatever it takes to find Maddy.”

She pointed anyone with any possible idea about what happened to their daughter to contact police with that information. Too much rumour was circulating, she said, so to stop the unsubstantiated speculation please refer all information directly to investigators.

“So please, it doesn’t matter how small or insignificant it might seem, call the RCMP and let them know what you know, heard or saw or think you might have seen,” she said. “We love our daughter, we need her back home, we need to find her. Please help us

. Thank-you.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Vanderhoof police at 250-567-2222 or anonymously tip Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS / www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.


RCMP have 14 investigators in Vanderhoof, with between 300 and 400 tasks to follow up in the search for Madison Scott, 20, who went missing on May 28.

“We are pleased with the level of co-operation from those that have come forward or have spoken to investigators,” said Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, spokesman for the RCMP. “However, police continue to believe that there is more information out there and we are once again appealing to the public to come forward and speak to us.”

They ask for all to come forward who were at the parties that weekend at Hogsback Lake, who were in the general area, or who might have some idea about what might have happened to the popular young woman that weekend.

Subject: Find Madison!

Hi there. My family was very close to the Leslie Family who recently had their daughter go missing. Not knowing anything is awful

. I am a new mom myself and I can’t even imagine what her parents are feeling. I am currently on Maternity leave for another month and I would like to do anything I can to help out. Please, please, just ask and I will do what I can. I live in Prince George but would be willing to come to Vanderhoof and help with searches or whatever the family might need. Even if it’s just some cooked meals, let me know. Please contact me with something. I offer my prayer of finding Madison safe every night…

Heather M.

Subject: Our prayers

Eldon and Dawn,

Words can not begin to describe what you must be feeling

. We do want to let you know that we are constantly thinking of you and our hopes and prayers are for a successful conclusion for all.

Stay strong!!


Ken and Debbie D.

Subject: Prayers are with you

Just a lower mainland resident, can’t help with the search but all my prayers are with your family as you continue to search for Madison. My heart goes out to all of you and I will pray hard for her to come home soon. I hope your family can continue to stay strong through this terrible ordeal and keep searching until you find Madison

. Best of luck, I wish I could come help search.

Katherine H.

Subject: suggestion

perhaps post on the website for people to post the links either to this page or the facebook page or dylan ferris’s video & keep posting them every 6 hrs or so so this will remain in the face via homepage of any who have information. I’m doing this & encouraging all on my friends list to keep it in the face of people who have info. Keeping this the primary focus of social media may very well help. Bless your hearts I’m crying out to the Lord for you


Marcia K.

Madison Scott’s Parents Speak to Media this Afternoon (from 94X and The Wolf News)

Prince George, B.C.- Their daughter has been missing for 10 days and today the parents of Madison Scott will release a statement to media. Madison was last seen May 28th at Hogsback Lake, 25 kilometers south of Vanderhoof. Search efforts have been taking place since the 20 year old went missing and so far they have been unsuccessful. Madison is 5 foot 4, 170 pounds with ginger hair. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jean capri pants

. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vanderhoof RCMP immediately.

Vanderhoof woman still missing (from Omineca Express)

By Hannah Wright – Vanderhoof Omineca Express
Published: June 06, 2011 2:00 PM
Updated: June 06, 2011 2:34 PM

The entire community is operating in a state of shock and disbelief as search efforts to locate missing local girl Madison Scott continue more than a week after her disappearance.

The 20-year-old was last seen at 3 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 during a party at Hogsback Lake, 25 kilometres south of town.

Scott left Vanderhoof on Friday May 27 with the intention of camping overnight at the lake.

Her family called the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment on Sunday at 2 p.m. when she failed to return home. Police who attended the area on Sunday May 29 located her tent and her truck, but extensive search efforts to locate her have been unsuccessful so far.

Police say that Scott’s phone was last used at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning – approximately four hours after she was last seen.

Volunteers from Vanderhoof, Burns Lake and Prince George Search and Rescue crews, along with both the Vanderhoof and Fort St. James RCMP detachments and a number of concerned civilians, searched the area around Hogsback Lake last Sunday and Monday.

A swift water rescue team was also called in to assist. More than 150 volunteers searched the area including shorelines, ATV trails and logging roads. The water was also scoured with boats equipped with underwater cameras and sonar.

The ground search was suspended last Tuesday pending new information.

Staff-Sergeant Dave Beach from the Vanderhoof RCMP said that the file was officially taken over by the North District Major Crime unit in Prince George last Monday because the file is too huge for the Vanderhoof detachment to handle and foul play is suspected.

He added that the police are continuing to search and that a underwater recovery team has been called in.

The RCMP Forensic Identification Section has also examined the camping area.

Police have conducted a number of interviews and have determined that there was another party held at Hogsback Lake on Saturday. The RCMP are asking to speak with anyone who may have attended either party or was in the area over the weekend.

“We believe someone who was in the area this weekend may have seen Madison or even spoken to her, “ said Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, spokesperson with E Division, in a press release.

“It is important that we determine what happened that night, what her plans were for Saturday and the rest of the weekend. We have conducted some interviews, but it is important that we speak to anyone and everyone who will help piece together the bigger picture. We still have many questions as does Madison’s family”.

Rick Beatty, from Vanderhoof Search and Rescue, said the initial ground search was called off after no evidence was found to suggest she was in the area around the lake.

“There was nothing found and no evidence found to indicate that she had gone anywhere or been anywhereand so basically we had no direction to go in,” Beatty told the Express on Wednesday.

“We just basically ran out of places to look,” he added.

After the ground search was called off on Tuesday, Beatty continues to help out as a civilian, flying with one of the helicopter crews last Tuesday to aid the visual search.

“We conducted a thorough search of the area at that time right around the lake,” said Beatty.

He added that he has flown the same area during a search and rescue training exercise last year, but in a six-wing aircraft.

During the exercise they were looking for two people.

“Literally last year we did a major exercise with civil air search and rescue people and our ground search and rescue people and the only reason we had any clue that they were even down there … was they finally lit a fire to let us know where they were,” he said.

He added that a helicopter is much better to carry out a search in than the aircraft they had been training in.

Beatty says that a lot of people who aided the search think that Scott left the site by vehicle.

“There’s no evidence to suggest that she left by foot – there was no tracks anywhere – nothing. That’s why we shut it down because there was just no place or direction left to go … it almost looks to a lot of people like she left by vehicle,” he said.

Despite the suspension of the initial ground search, family and friends of the Scott family have continued to mount an extensive search by land and air. On Thursday RCMP said that Search and Rescue will resume further searches of some roadways in the Hogsback Lake area over a number of days.

Interior helicopters in Fort St. James say they have had two machines out on the search last week. Joe Cadham, the general manager of Interior Helicopters says the company has substantially reduced the costs of the helicopters to aid the search.

“Basically we’re covering basic costs and gas,” said Cadham.

“It’s probably something like $500 an hour instead of $1,500.”

He added that the search teams on the helicopters have been conducting infrared searches early in the morning and then visual searches with search and rescue volunteers for the rest of the day.

Cadham says the company has received numerous calls from people wanting to donate money for more helicopter time on the search.

Madison’s mother, Dawn Scott, says the family and friends remain optimistic and are continuing to search every day.

“We just want to spread the word and keep looking,” she told the Express on Wednesday.

A friend of the family, and hockey team mate of Madison’s, Theresa Phillips, has set up an account at the Integris Credit Union where donations can be made to aid the search and rescue process.

A number of other fundraising efforts are also going on in the community. On Saturday a fundraiser was held at the Buffalo Beach Bar in town. All the money made on the door was donated to the search and rescue fund. On Sunday Nechako Valley Video donated all proceeds from all movies rented between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Kelly Ross, a friend of the family organized the fundraiser at the Buffalo Beach. She also helped out with the search last Monday.

She says search and rescue teams carried out a grid search of the area and volunteers were broken up into teams and given different search areas.

“They sent the teams out with a map and said this is the area you are responsible for.”

“During the search you have to be able to see the ground between you and the person beside you so that the whole area is covered and nothing gets missed … you’re looking on the ground and in the trees for pieces of clothing, material … you’re looking for anything,” she said.

Despite the ground search being called off, Ross says family and friends have no choice but to continue searching out at the lake.

“Nothing has been found to suggest she’s there so they called off the search … but where else do you look when that’s the last place she was… where do you start, if you’re not searching there, where do you go?” said Ross.

Ross described Madison as fun-loving and outgoing and said she would never disappear intentionally without calling someone


“That would definitely be completely out of character for Maddy,” she said.

“And she has missed baseball games all week and she never usually misses a game,” she added.

Vanderhoof resident and search and rescue volunteer Richard Levy, says he wasn’t a close friend but knew her in passing.

“It’s hard to believe something like this has happened so close to home… but the amount of support that the family is getting from the town is amazing and makes me remember why I love this town,” he said.

Vanderhoof mayor Gerry Thiessen described it as a “gut-wrenching” time for the whole town.

“The people in the community are just sick,” said Thiessen.

“The Scott family has been an important family in the community… so when you have something as tough as this it’s a real gut-wrenching time that residents are going through,”

“We all just feel for the family and hope and pray that it’s going to be a successful ending,” he said.

He added that he has been really impressed with the job that the RCMP are doing on the case.

“I understand that provincially this has been seen as a priority and the RCMP have come with as much effort and expertise as they can.

At the end of last week Thiessen spoke to Sgt. Gary Heebner from the North District Major Crime unit.

“His superior has told him to make sure he uses all of the resources necessary to make sure this case comes to a successful conclusion.

“As a community we can have security in knowing that the RCMP are doing everything they possibly can,” he said.

Thiessen says that the RCMP has 14 investigators working on the case with two support staff.

Madison Scott is described as 20-year-old Caucasian, 5 foot 4 inches tall, 170 lbs with ginger hair. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and blue jean Capri pants.

The RCMP are requesting the publics assistance in finding Scott. Anyone who may have seen Madison or may know of her whereabouts should contact the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment immediately at (250) 567-2222.

Original Article from Omineca Express

The Search for Madison Scott Continues (from 94X and The Wolf News)

Vanderhoof, B.C.- The search for Madison Scott continues, despite a number of rumours floating around Vanderhoof over the weekend. Sargeant Rob Vermeulen says the 20 year old has not been found, so the search continues. Family friend Kelly Ross says the fundraiser she organized Saturday night in the district was a huge success. “The turn out was overwhelming, we had well over 200 people attend.” “In my opinion it was a huge success, we raised over $5,500 which will be deposited into the search fund at the local Credit Union.” Ross says she spent some time at Hogsback Lake over the weekend and the number of people out searching for Madison is incredible. Donations are still being accepted at any Integris Credit Union in Northern BC

. Scott was last seen May 28th at Hogsback Lake.

10:10am | By: 94X and The Wolf News original article

Madison Scott Fundraiser Taking Place in Vanderhoof Saturday

Prince George, B.C.- Vanderhoof residents are pulling together to help raise money to help fund the search for Madison Scott. Family friend, Kelly Ross, is organizing a dance tomorrow night at the Buffalo Beach Bar in Vanderhoof. “I helped with the search Monday, on Tuesday driving to work, it just felt wrong.” “My life was going back to normal and things are not normal, we still have a young girl missing.” She says she felt hosting a fundraiser would be a great way to help the family raise money to keep the search going

. Doors open at 9 and tickets can be purchased on site. Madison Scott was last seen at 3am May 28th. Police want to speak to anyone who spent some time at Hogsback Lake last weekend.

4:30pm | By: 94X and The Wolf News original article

Account Set up for Donations for Madison Scott (from 94X and The Wolf)

Prince George, B.C.- A helicopter continues to scour the Hogsback Lake area south of Vanderhoof for missing 20 year old Madison Scott. Family Friend, Dan Wingham, says it costs $800 dollars an hour to have the helicopter in the air, so an account has been set up at Integris Credit Union for donations. He says the community of Vanderhoof has come together to support the family who has deep roots in the District. “The Scott’s are an amazingly generous, close and strong family. I got to speak with Madison’s mom this morning and they are optimistic, as we all are.” Wingham says today is the day they will find Madison. Scott was last seen Saturday at 3:00 in the morning.  Anyone who was in the Hogsback Lake area this past weekend is asked to call police. Wingham says donations can be made at any Integris Credit Union in Northern BC which will go towards continuing the search for Madison


12:15pm | By: 94X and The Wolf

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