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Google Map of Hogsback campsite

Friday May 27th 2011

Madison and a female friend went out to Hogsback lake for a party with the intention of camping overnight. It appears there were around 46 people at the party Friday night, mostly 18 to 25 years old, and a few older partiers up to 40 years old. Almost all are from the Vanderhoof area. Madison’s friend who was going to stay with her left the party after midnight (2:30?) with a young man who lives close by in the Hogsback lake area.  Either Madison was left to camp by herself or left with someone else, though information to date says she was left there by herself. The time Madison was last seen has been reported as 2:45 to 3am.

Hogsback lake is located about 24.5 kms South East from Vanderhoof down the Blackwater road. See Google Map. It is a forestry campsite with 3 camping areas, a swiming area and dock. The lake is around 1 km long, and is surrounded by forest, with several trails leaving the campsite including a portion of the telegraph trail.

Saturday May 28th 2011

A couple of the partiers were back at Hogsback campsite the next day cleaning up (10am?) and saw her tent still standing and her truck  but they did not check if she was in the tent. There was no other tents or campers there.

There was a large party of around 150 people at the Hogsback campsite on Saturday night, and no one reports seeing Madison.

Madison’s parents were concerned as they had not heard from their daughter, but she is a responsible 20 year old so they did not report her missing.

Sunday May 29th 2011

With no word from Madison and her not answering her cell phone Madison’s parents went to the Hogsback lake campsite to look for her. They found her truck and her now flattened tent. Her purse was in the truck, but no sign of her and her cell phone. The police were called and the official search and rescue effort began. The RCMP and search and rescue teams from Vanderhoof, Prince George, Burns Lake and Fort St. James directed additional volunteer searchers. Grid searches of the area starting from the campsite began, with helicopter searches, and the lake was searched by boat and side searching sonar.

Monday May 3oth 2011

The official search and rescue team with additional volunteers continued  grid searching the area around Hogsback lake. More helicopter searching was done.  They thoroughly covered the whole area around the campsite and lake and did not see any sign of anyone leaving the area on foot or ATV on any of the trails or through the woods. Because of this it was concluded Madison had left the area by vehicle on the road, and the official ground search was called off.

People in the community make posters and start putting them up.

The RCMP investigation continues, a team of 14 members is assembled and a press release is issued.

Tuesday May 31st 2011

  • Friends, family and other volunteers continue grid searches in the area
  • Roads are searched by vehicles
  • Tails are searched by foot and ATV’s.
  • house to house canvasing begins
  • people across the province are contacted to spread the word and put up posters
  • A facebook group is started, and a temporary website.

Month of June 2011

  • The volunteer search covered so much ground. All the roads from Fraser Lake to Isle Piere were driven and any tracks leaving the road were investigated. Grid searches of all the trails around the hogs back area, nearby gravel pits. Surrounding trails and roads were driven with ATV’s and a lot were walked.  private land and buildings were searched. The Canadian Rangers were out searching for a weekend.
  • Extensive searching in the Hogsback area by helicopter.
  • Posters put up over most of BC
  • RCMP interviewing and polygraphing party goers. Following up on tips, cell phone records.

 

Since that first year Madison went missing:

  • RCMP continued their investigation with more interviews and polygraphs of party goers, following up on tips, and other leads. The case was reviewed by other RMCP divisions.
  • Lots more private searches in 2012 and 2013
  • Missing signs put up in the interior of British Columbia, small and large.
  • Missing posters sent far and wide.
  • Annual Poker ride 2012, 2013 and 2014 at Hogbacks lake to keep awareness and local community involvement. Proceeds went to the local community association.

 

 

143 comments

  • Does anyone have info as to if it is true that Maddy spent most of the party in her tent ? And if so why she might do that ?

    • She could have been on a hallucinogenic experience? It could explain why she denied two invites from friends to leave the tent, as well as leaving her tent with her phone and keys later on. During the climax of a hallucinogenic drug, the sleeping bag and tent may have felt like the safest place until the plateau of the drug made a walk more possible.

  • Has anyone been watching or observing the Hogsback Lake area, esp the area where she was camping, on the anniversary dates each year? I wonder if the responsible party feels any guilt, and is visiting the site on the anniversary date out of such guilt. This tactic has been used to catch murderers in the past.

  • I’m of the mind that the friend Jordi was involved, I watched the documentary and she looks guilty big time it’s in her body language 10000% it’s annoying that the olive aren’t doing their job. I feel for this family. I will pray that you are brought peace

    • Police ** not olive

      • Instead of posting wild theories and half baked speculation about who was involved why not actually do something positive and donate to help find Madison?

        • Actually..sometimes it’s the wild theories and half baked speculations that help solve a case… and how do you know the posters didn’t donate? Right now ANY interest in this case is positive…and yes I’m donating…God Bless Madison her family and friends and all who r searching for her

  • Just wondering if you might contact a real medium to maybe help locate her or find out what happen some people believe in that stuff some don’t but don’t think it would hurt to try this is so terrible to go through I can’t imagine I’m so sorry

    • What an irresponsible thing to suggest. “Mediums” are nothing but scam artists taking advantage of families’ grief, and their hope and willingness to try anything to find their loved one. It is disgusting exploitation, profiting off of victims. Psychics are not real. They do WAY more harm than good.

      • Hold up…any real medium/psychic DOESNT ask for money only offers help..how is that taking advantage? School yourself before you make a fool of yourself…this is about helping to find MADISON..not your flawed perception of what is NOT a disgusting exploration!

  • I was wondering if anyone knows what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance!

  • I was wondering if anyone knows what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance?

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