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Still no trace of missing Vanderhoof woman 1 year later (from CBC)

From CBC News Original CBC article

Madison Scott disappeared after attending bush party

Madison Scott, a 20-year-old B.C. woman, was last seen May 28, 2011, at a campsite 25 kilometres south of Vanderhoof. (CBC)

Police re-enactment 2:46

Police are no closer to finding a missing 20-year-old central B.C. woman one year after her disappearance.

Madison Scott went missing on May 28, 2011, after attending a bush party near Vanderhoof. Her truck and tent were later found at a campsite at Hogsback Lake, south of Vanderhoof.

“We’re looking at foul play here. There is no reason for her to leave,” said RCMP Const. Lesley Smith. “No connection at all to any gang affiliations. But it is unknown who was at that party at the time.”

Smith believes there are people who know where Scott is or what happened her.

“What we’re finding is that we’re hearing a lot of rumours,” she said.

“So we want to hear from that person — not the third person, not from the postman’s daughter’s boyfriend’s butcher. We want to hear from that individual. If they saw something that they thought is not going to be important for RCMP, we want to hear from that individual.”

The Scott family has declined most media interviews, but Dawn and Eldon Scott posted a public plea for witnesses to come forward in a re-enactment video.

“Somebody out there has information. We need them to come forward,” Dawn Scott said.

“And soon,” Eldon Scott added. “Like now would be a good time.”

The Scott family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Scott’s disappearance.

With files from the CBC’s Wil Fundal

Family Holds Poker Ride for One Year Anniversary of Missing Daughter- Madison Scott (from RCMP)

RCMP Vanderhoof, B.C. North District

File # 2011-4852

2012-05-24 08:51 PDT

On May 28th 2011, 20 year old Madison Maddy Scott disappeared from a party at Hogsback Lake, approximately 25 km south of Vanderhoof B.C. She was last seen at around 3:00 a.m on the Saturday morning. Police located her tent and truck, but search efforts to date have not managed to find Madison.
This investigation remains a priority for North District Major Crime, says Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer. We believe that there is information out there and it is our hope that someone will come forward to help us determine what happened. The police need information and Maddy’s family need answers.

Madison’s parents, Dawn and Eldon Scott have been struggling with their daughter’s disappearance and cannot believe a year has gone by with still no leads to her whereabouts. The family is now offering a $100,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for her disappearance.

To mark the one year anniversary of the disappearance of Maddy, the family has organized a Poker Ride to take place on May 26th, 2012 starting at the Hogsback Lake campsite.

Statement from the Scott Family
Written by Madison’s Aunt,
Sandra Kelly Klassen.

Almost one year ago, on May 28, 2011, Madison Scott, 20 years old at the time of her disappearance, went missing from the Hogsback Lake campground 25 kilometres southeast of Vanderhoof, which is one hour west of the city of Prince George in the Interior of British Columbia. Her family are in shock and disbelief at the anniversary of her disappearance this month.Madison, or Maddyas she is known to her family and friends, was camping with a group of young people who were celebrating a friend’s birthday. Everyone left the party by about 4:00 am and Maddy was left alone at the party; apparently spending the night alone, in her blue tent set up beside her older white Ford pick-up. Something happened that led to Maddy’s disappearance after everyone left the party and foul play is suspected.Maddy’s parents, Dawn and Eldon Scott, went to the campsite on the Sunday of that fateful weekend when they decided it was strange that she had not been in touch with them. Maddy is very close to her family and she would regularly check in with her mom and dad when she was away from home. An extensive search of the area was conducted by the RCMP, Search and Rescue, and family and friends. To this day, Maddy remains missing and many questions remain unanswered.After a long and difficult year, and despite an ongoing and in depth RCMP investigation in addition to the ongoing searches, awareness campaigns and pleas from her family and friends for her safe return, there has been no real evidence of what happened to Maddy. The family and their team of supporters continue to be hopeful that anyone with information will come forward; Someone knows where she is but they have not come forward with the truth.

To highlight the fact that Maddy is still missing a year later, the family and its supporters have organized a poker ride to take place starting at the Hogsback Lake campsite and covering the extensive network of trails radiating from the place where Maddy was last seen. The trails have been divided into three groups; one for walkers, one set for those on horseback and another trail system for those on quads. The idea is that participants will bring fresh eyes and vast coverage of the trails in the area with the hope that someone will notice a clue that will lead to discovering where Maddy is. The poker ride is not a fundraiser; there will be prizes awarded as is usual at this type of event and the goal is to heighten awareness that she is still missing and to lead to new information that brings her home to her family.

The poker ride is aptly titled Let’s Go All In for Madison Scott with the sole purpose to FIND MADDY and bring her home. The poker ride takes place Saturday, May 26. Further information can be found on the Help Find Madison Scott Facebook page or, as well as on the numerous event posters on display in the Vanderhoof and Prince George area.

The family encourages the public to participate and help further the search. If anyone knows any information that will lead to the discovery of Maddy’s whereabouts they are asked to call the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment at 250-567-2222 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

A day without a loved one is uncomfortable, a month without a loved one is unbearable and a year without a loved one leads to despair, heartbreak and overwhelming grief. The Scott family appeals to the public, especially as people go out and about in the outdoors this coming summer holiday season, to report anything they find suspicious or of interest to the RCMP. The family is hoping that the break they need will come soon, and it will likely come from good people like you.

Sandra Kelly Klassen

Released by

Cst. Lesley Smith

Media Relations Officer
North District
4020 5th Avenue, Prince George B.C. V2M 7E7
Office: (250) 561-3166


Link to RCMP article

One year later, Madison Scott disappearance still a mystery (from PG Free Press)

By DeLynda Pilon – Prince George Free Press
Published: May 23, 2012 10:00 AM
Updated: May 23, 2012 10:28 AM

Original article at the Prince George Free Press

“It has shaken the entire community of Vanderhoof.”

A long year has passed since Madison Scott disappeared from Hogsback Lake Forestry campsite, a year, for her family, filled with missed birthdays, a Christmas, Mothers Day and a graduation.

North District RCMP media liaison Const. Lesley Smith said that not only does Madison’s family have to deal every day with her disappearance, but so do all those who love her, her friends and the entire community.

Madison went to Hogsback Lake with a group of her friends intent on celebrating a birthday on Friday, May 27, 2011. She set up her two-toned blue tent and parked her white Chevy truck.

Everyone left to go home at about 3 a.m.

Madison stayed.

She has not been seen since.

When she wasn’t home by Sunday afternoon police were notified and headed out to the lake. There Madison’s tent and truck were found, but she was not. The family immediately turned to social media and networking sites, trying to find Madison or locate someone who knew where she was. Very soon after that volunteers and Search and Rescue headed out to the site and an intensive search began. The area was combed by people on foot and ATV’s and the lake was searched with sonar.

“She’s not in the lake and there was a thorough search of the area,” Smith said. “We believe either she has been taken, or she’s in the area and we just need to find her.”

Though sure her disappearance was not a misadventure, there is a vast forest surrounding the area. Smith said one thing people heading out to camp, fish or hike right now could do is simply be aware of their surroundings. If something looks or smells suspicious, go and investigate why. Walk in areas where you commonly would not. Check ditches. Watch for birds congregating or colours that seem out of place.

“If you find something, contact the RCMP. Note the coordinates if you have a GPS,” Smith said. “Wherever you are outdoors, keep in mind Madison Scott is missing.”

Police also believe someone knows something about Madison’s disappearance though that person might not even be aware of it or think it’s a small insignificant detail.

“The family as well as the RCMP know there is somebody out there who has information or has it and doesn’t know it who can help us with the investigation,” Smith said.

Getting that information, no matter how insignificant it might seen, may well add the missing puzzle piece in the investigation.

The case, she said, relies heavily on witnesses, people who possibly have been too afraid to come forward.

“We encourage anyone who remembers the smallest detail to come forward. It could lead us in the right direction”

She said the police even need to rule out the rumours. They need to hear from the person who had the piece of information rather than a third person.

The RCMP continues to be involved with the family and the entire Major Crimes Unit is working the case. The family recently increased the award money.

A re-enactment video has been prepared to bring awareness to party goes at the location and is available on the RCMP website.

Merrit Hearald, Letters to the Editor: MY niece, Madison scott remains missing…

published: April 30, 2012 4:00 PM
Updated: April 30, 2012 4:07 PM

Dear Editor:

Unbelievably, my 20-year-old niece, Madison Scott, remains missing after mysteriously disappearing on Saturday, May 28, 2011, from the Hogsback Lake forestry campsite 25 kilometres south of Vanderhoof, one hour west of Prince George.

She was camping with a group of young people from Vanderhoof who were celebrating a friend’s birthday. Everyone left the party by about 4 a.m., and Maddy was left alone at the campsite. Something happened that led to Maddy’s disappearance. Foul play is suspected.

Maddy remains missing despite a vigorous and in-depth RCMP investigation and ongoing efforts by family and friends. We believe someone knows where she is, but they have not come forward with the truth. The purpose of this letter is to appeal to all British Columbians and visitors to be watchful for and mindful of anything suspicious as they head into the outdoors as spring and summer approaches. Our family needs everyone’s help.

If anyone has any information that will help bring Madison home to her family, come forward now. If you have information, or were at Hogsback Lake the weekend she went missing and have not yet come forward, please call the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250-567-2222 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Our hearts are shattered by Maddy’s disappearance. Further information, including photos of Maddy, can be found on or the Help Find Madison Scott Facebook page. Thank you for helping us to find Maddy and bringing her home where she belongs.

Sincerely and gratefully,

Sandra Kelly Klassen

Williams Lake, B.C.

“Walk for Maddy” Tomorrow (from Omineca Express)

Friday, January 27, 2012 – 3:16 PM, By Christina Doll, Vanderhoof, B.C.

A walk has been organized in Vanderhoof tomorrow to raise awareness about a missing local woman. 20 year old Madison Scott disappeared last May 28th after attending a party at Hogsback Lake.

The four kilometre “Walk for Maddy” will begin at Mapes Hall at 2:00pm and end at the lake. Once participants arrive, they can write a message on a lantern to be placed in the campsite.

North District RCMP Media Relations Officer Constable Lesley Smith says the walk is not a fundraiser.

“But what I understand is there are t-shirts. “Hope is Your Way Home” is what’s written on these t-shirts and they’re available by donation. A number of community members are already wearing these t-shirts and the family is very touched by that.”

School District 91 has provided a bus to transport participants back to Mapes Hall after the walk.

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