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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.




  • Good day. I was watching the story on you tube. My thoughts are with you everyday. Something’s bothering me though, i searched her on facebook to see if there was any news, and i saw her current city (lives in) is Vanderbijlpark? This is a town in South Africa, is this just a coincidence, bcoz the spelling of Vanderhoof to Vanderbijlpark is quite similar?

  • Hi. So sorry this has happened. It is truly heartbreaking.
    I cannot be swayed from the simple probability her disappearance has something to do with someone at that party…. if all were talked to, profiled etc, and lie detected, then look for the physciopath amongst them. Someone who mimics emotion… whose emotion feel… off. Familiarise yourself with what a phycopath or physciopath behave like. Look for crocodile tears. Go with hunches and instinct. Purhaps hire a profiler. You know… you know who struck you as not quite right … purhaps even asked to be the tv show on utube. Purhaps has inflated their relationship with Maddy post her disappearance. Either a single weirdo or something happened and she had an accident that a group of them covered up.
    The answer is there in that party and we all know it. Fresh eyes. Fresh interviews needed. Don’t let this go.

  • I just watched the YouTube video. My heart is breaking for everyone involved. I would like to become active in the search to find Maddy. I’m working on a blog site right now and would like to dedicate a post to this story.

  • I am so sorry to hear about this tragic event. I hope in earnest that those family members and friends do receive some form of closure in the near future. There is much I don’t know however. For instance, has the search been limited to that one region all these years? Seems to me that she was taken far away and probably hasn’t even been in B.C. since that same weekend in 2011.

  • I can’t stop thinking her friend she went up with has much more info than she has reported. Many things don’t add up.
    *The boy she started dating that same night….
    Did he come up alone in his car?
    * Maybe both tents were intended to be used?
    * was she actually in the tent during the party? Drugged? Injured in tent and assumed to be asleep by friends or told by her friend.
    * Jordy left her alone claiming Maddy didn’t want to leave her stuff? If she set up at night she didn’t have much stuff, the ice chest and purse in truck makes it even more odd that would be the reason Maddy would use to it head home. If she were drunk maybe but claims are she was not drunk. Why wouldn’t the friend ask Maddy to take her home and help her load the stuff?
    *friend was too busy to look for her Sat morning while coming to get her stuff? If the tent was open that wouldn’t concern someone? If you are in a rush to go to work what’s the urgent need to get camping stuff you dont need right away? Why not call Maddy to pick it up at her house later unless you know the police will take it later and Maddy isn’t going home. Is it evidence conveniently gone through prior to missing person report? Why go back but not confirm your friend is ok. Excuses to be at a crime scene in case of witnesses?
    *when the friend went back Sat am I think she was with the boy Tyler, were there any other people there? They were just starting to date that night yet they seem to have been together all night?? What is there alibi??? Where were they? Confirmed or not?
    * could swear Jordy said she fell in fire on tv and that’s why she had to go home but then said she was really drunk and that’s why, I may be wrong maybe I heard wrong. I feel like drunk people crash , they don’t suddenly change plans that are more inconvenient for them after having a set up tent. And if you are rational enough to plan to get home cause you are too drunk surely you take your stuff too.
    *sister saw her truck at the camp Sat. Evening and that didn’t send out an alarm? Why would she not locate her sister? And that wasn’t how the parents figured out something was wrong? So many unanswered questions makes it hard to understand some of the circumstances.
    *some info may be incorrect to begin with if people are leading you to hide something. I think e is way too many weird situations here.
    * many questions for her friend and others? Info is missing for sure.

  • Comments above are quite valid, Maddy’s friend’s story does not add up in so many ways. My guess is that the police have a good idea what really happened but don’t have enough evidence as of yet to have a good chance at prosecution. They are biding their time in hopes of attaining additional evidence.

    • I sure hope you’re right.
      I always wonder about her ex boyfriend? that was killed and beheaded in ft st James. The people who did this – could they be involved? Such horrible crimes. 🙁

  • I don’t think her friend is involved. I think they “camped” out at this spot quite often. That way they could drink, and not worry about driving. I think her friend was drunk, and wanted to leave with the boy she met, one night stand? Maddy had her own vehicle, maybe the friend thought she’d see her the next day.
    I think this event does center around this party. Either someone camping somewhere else heard the noise & the music and wandered over OR someone brought this person to the site.
    This area is off a logging road. It’s rugged, and isolated and densely forested. The fact that her vehicle was left behind, we don’t know the circumstances of how she left. Did she follow someone to somewhere else? Was she forcibly taken to another place? Was she moved and isn’t in this area at all?
    I suspect it’s someone who knows the area, because they live there, or knows the area because they work there.
    Someone knows something, they just may not know they hold that one piece of evidence.

  • From what I can see, my guess is that Madison was too drunk to drive and faced with the decision to leave with her friend or to stay and sober up and not to have to leave all of her belongings and truck behind she made the decision to stay assuming that there would be others around camping and partying through the night so she would not be left alone out there. At some point a sexual predatory male ( who may have somehow came across the party on facebook maybe due to stalking either Madison or another female he had been stalking on facebook ) He likely waited till there were very few people left and blended in and looked to see if he could find a vulnerable female he could abduct or lure to get into his vehicle. That is my best guess on what happened in this case.

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