Prince George, B.C.-It’s been one month since Madison Scott disappeared from the Hogsback Lake area South of Vanderhoof and there’s still no sign of the 20 year old girl. Sergeant Rob Vermeulen says the investigation continues to be a priority for the North District Major Crime Unit and the Vanderhoof RCMP. “We are continuing to follow up on a number of tasks that the file and the public has generated.” Vermeulen says they are still asking anyone who was in the area the weekend of May 28th to come forward. He says they are still looking for her iphone 4 and her keys which may be on a black gothic lanyard. Madison’s parents offered a reward of $15,000 last week for information leading to their daughter’s safe return.
12:00pm | By:94X and The Wolf News
Call the Vanderhoof RCMP at (250) 567-2222.
Or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, where you may also be eligible for a reward for information.
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.
June 4, 2011 01:00 AM