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Madison Scott’s Mother Pleading for the Public’s Help in Finding her Daughter (from 94X and The Wolf News)

Vanderhoof, B.C.- “We love our daughter, we need her back home, we need to find her, please help us.”–That statement from the Mother of missing 20 year old Madison Scott today as she spoke with local media.

Here is Dawn Scott’s statement:

Thank-you for coming.
My name is Dawn Scott and this is my husband Eldon we are the parents of Madison Scott. We wanted to come forward today because it is very important for us to speak to you and the public and let you know how important it is for anyone – with any information involving the disappearance of our daughter – to come forward and speak to police.
It has been 10 days since we made that difficult call to police when we realized that Maddy was missing. To understand how difficult that call was and what has happened since, you have to understand who Maddy is.
She is a beautiful caring and loving daughter, sister and friend. 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.
Maddy made plans to attend a party out at Hogsback Lake on Friday May 27th and let us know that she was heading out and that she would be returning. The fact that she did not return or reach out to us or her friends is completely out of character. And when she didn’t come home we called police and the search began.
We are thankful for the police and Search and Rescue personnel who used every tool and resource available to conduct a thorough search of the area. And then there are the dozens even hundreds of volunteers who continue to return to Hogsback Lake daily to look through the area and surrounding areas. It is hard to believe all that they done and continue to do.
We have been overwhelmed by the level of support and assistance from the community in our effort to find our daughter.
We want to say thank-you to our family, friends and the community of Vanderhoof and our neighbouring communities who continue to be a daily source of inspiration and strength. We are a private family, and we never thought we would be put into such a public position. It is extremely hard for us all and we will do whatever it takes to find Maddy.
That is why we are asking for anyone with any information to please call police. There have been many instances where information comes to us second or third hand and we are left trying to capture that information and get it to police. Any information needs to go directly to police as they are in the best position to ask the right questions and use that information to help find Maddy.
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.
We also thank the public and the media for respecting our privacy, while we focus on working with the police and many volunteers looking for Maddy. We ask that you once again continue to respect our privacy as we deal with this difficult time.
We love our daughter, we need her back home, we need to find her. Please help us. Thank-you.
Madison has been missing since May 28th.
There are currently 14 Investigators in Vanderhoof following up of 300 to 400 tasks that have been generated by this file.Anyone with information is asked to call Vanderhoof Police.2:00pm | By: 94X and The Wolf News

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.

10 Days Since Vanderhoof Woman Disappeared (from Opinion 250 News)

By 250 News

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 03:58 AM


Prince George, B.C.- While friends and family of Madison Scott continue their search for the missing 20 year old from Vanderhoof, the RCMP are continuing their investigation “We have had numerous tips” says Sgt Rob Vermeulen of E Division headquarters.
Madison was last seen early Saturday May 28th at  Hogsback Lake about 25 kms out of Vanderhoof.
Last Friday, the RCMP Underwater team spent nearly 9 hours searching the lake near the campsite where Madison’s tent and truck were located. They failed to turn up anything.
“It  is a mystery” says Sgt Vermeullen, “We are looking at all possibilities (in how she disappeared) we haven’t ruled anything out.”
Sgt. Vermeulen says the investigators are in constant contact with the Scott family, “The bottom line for everyone is the same, we want to find her.”
He says the RCMP may be able to release an update on the investigation in the next day or so.
In the meantime, investigators are hoping anyone who has any information , no matter how small that piece of information may be, will contact them  at 250-567-2222

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

Divers plunge into Madison Scott mystery (Prince George Citizen)

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An RCMP dive team was scanning the water of Hogsback Lake, Friday, with eyes open for Madison Scott, a missing young woman.

She was last seen at the popular recreation spot south of Vanderhoof at about 3 a.m. May 29 at a party. She, like many from the general area, was camping at the lake for the weekend. She was reported missing by family when she did not return Sunday afternoon as expected.

“We had the dive team out on the lake [Friday], using sonar. They will be out on the water for eight to nine hours,” said provincial RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rob Vermeulen.

“We will be using a diver to check the water around the campsite. That is not based on any information, it is standard search procedure when we have a mystery like this. When you don’t have a particular lead, you have to work at ruling things out. We had the ground and surface water search, including from the air, and now we are checking in the water around the camping area.”

Police are following up on several tips, but no strong lead. A rumour about her cell phone being used at 7 a.m. the day she disappeared was baseless, said Vermeulen, but “there are all kinds of rumours and we have to follow up on everything we hear.”

“I know the family is still searching the area, with the help of friends and supporters,” said Vermeulen. “They are keeping in very close contact with our investigators, yes.”

A fund has been set up at all branches of Integris Credit Union to gather donations for a more exhaustive private search.

“It is healthy,” said Integris spokesman Dan Wingham of the sentiments brought forward by the public.

There are branches of Integris in Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Quesnel and Clinton.

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Frank Peebles | Staff writer
June 4, 2011 01:00 AM
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