More roads in the area were searched by volunteers in vehicles and 4 wheelers looking for tracks down side roads and trails. The road search has covered roads from Fraser lake, to Ft Saint James, Vanderhoof and East of Cluculz Lake. More trails and bush were walked in the Hogsback and immediate area. Residences were canvassed and asked if they could check their out buildings and or were searched by volunteers. The RCMP had a dog at the Hogsback campsite for about a half an hour. A helicopter was doing more air searches and worked with vehicles on the ground to check out certain area’s.
The volunteer search continues. More mini trail grid searches on trails and bush around Hogsback Lake. More cabins, and gravel pits are located and searched. The road and trail searches by 4 wheelers and vehicles continues near and far. The upper portion of Sinkut river is searched by boat. The private helicopter search continues. The RCMP were seen driving in the Mapes Blackwater area as they continue their extensive investigation of this case. A dive team searched in the water at Hogsback lake, but the cell phone and tee-shirt recovered were not Madison’s.
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
The volunteer search team was busy again. Road and trail searches with vehicles and 4 wheelers continue ranging from the Mapes and Blackwater, including the community pasture, the normal road system and logging roads in the Vanderhoof, Fraser lake and Cluculz Lake areas. The helicopter funded by generous donations continues the air search.
The volunteer search group of family and friends did an extensive grid search of the Mapes pit as well as mini grid searches of most of the roads and trails in that area. Road and trail searches by 4 wheelers and vehicles continues to expand outwards. The private helicopter funded by donations continues the air search. The RCMP directed Search and Rescue to do further searches in the Mapes Blackwater area.
The family of Vanderhoof’s Madison Scott is “astounded” by all the support it’s received in the wake of her disappearance.
Scott, 20, was last seen at a party at Hogsback Lake, 25 kilometres south of Vanderhoof, around 3 a.m. on Saturday. She was reported missing on Sunday.
Vanderhoof RCMP and search and rescue teams from Vanderhoof, Prince George, Burns Lake and Fort St. James conducted extensive air, water and ground searches on Sunday and Monday.
The area is a former forestry campsite, which also has a parking lot and boat launch area, and is popular with locals.
The physical search was called off Tuesday but the police investigation continues.
Scott’s brother, Ben, said family members were out searching with volunteers — more than 150 searched the shorelines, trails and the logging roads — and have been distributing posters.
The family also set up an account to collect donations toward the air searches that were conducted. The account number is 80234286 and contributions can be made at any credit union.
“It’s obviously been a tough time for our whole family but [we] are just astounded with all of the support we have received from friends, family and members of our community,” he said in an email.
“We are keeping our hopes high and remain optimistic that we will find her.”
Ben said everyone is missing his sister: “She is a special person that has impacted many people.”
Scott is Caucasian, five-foot-four, 170 pounds with ginger hair. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and blue jean capris.
She was driving an off-white early 1990s model F-150 pickup and had a two-tone blue tent — both were left behind.
Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area on the weekend or attended the parties on Friday or Saturday night.
“It is important that we determine what happened that night, what her plans were for Saturday and the rest of the weekend,” RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said. “We have conducted some interviews, but it is important that we speak to anyone and everyone who will help piece together the bigger picture. We still have many questions, as does Madison’s family.”
If you have information about Scott’s whereabouts, call the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250-567-2222.