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.