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10 Days Since Vanderhoof Woman Disappeared (from Opinion 250 News)

By 250 News

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 03:58 AM

 

Prince George, B.C.- While friends and family of Madison Scott continue their search for the missing 20 year old from Vanderhoof, the RCMP are continuing their investigation “We have had numerous tips” says Sgt Rob Vermeulen of E Division headquarters.
Madison was last seen early Saturday May 28th at  Hogsback Lake about 25 kms out of Vanderhoof.
Last Friday, the RCMP Underwater team spent nearly 9 hours searching the lake near the campsite where Madison’s tent and truck were located. They failed to turn up anything.
“It  is a mystery” says Sgt Vermeullen, “We are looking at all possibilities (in how she disappeared) we haven’t ruled anything out.”
Sgt. Vermeulen says the investigators are in constant contact with the Scott family, “The bottom line for everyone is the same, we want to find her.”
He says the RCMP may be able to release an update on the investigation in the next day or so.
In the meantime, investigators are hoping anyone who has any information , no matter how small that piece of information may be, will contact them  at 250-567-2222

Monday June 6th, Search Summary

More of the same for the volunteer search crew, more 4 wheeling around the trails and road to the West of Hogsback lake, some small grid searches along the highway near Blackwater road and on private property North of Hogsback and other areas, and other searches around various rivers and falls.  Landowners are continuing being asked to search their property. There was a fair bit of activity by the RCMP at the Hogsback campsite and the surrounding area, and we are hopeful they are making headway in the investigation.

Sunday June 5th Search Summary

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.

Saturday June 4th search summary

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.

Divers plunge into Madison Scott mystery (Prince George Citizen)

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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.

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Frank Peebles | Staff writer
June 4, 2011 01:00 AM
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