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Search Resumes for Missing Vanderhoof Woman (from 94X and The Wolf News)

Prince George, B.C. –

Efforts to find a missing 20 year old woman from Vanderhoof have been renewed today.  The search for Madison Scott was called off earlier this week so RCMP could conduct interviews.  Search and Rescue will scour roadways around Hogsback Lake where she was last seen Saturday morning.  The camping area where Madison was staying has been examined and the Underwater Recovery Team has been called in.  Sergeant Rob Vermeulen says no decision has been made about whether or not an underwater search will take place.  “I can tell you I know family and friends are continuing their search efforts and the family did want us to express their thanks to Vanderhoof area residents, you know, for their support in their search efforts,” says Sergeant Vermeulen.  Investigators would still like to speak to peole who attended parties at Hogsback Lake last Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th.  Call Vanderhoof RCMP at (250) 567-2222 with any information.

11:10am | By 94X and The Wolf News

Family keeps up search for missing Vanderhoof woman (from The Province)

By Staff Reporter, The Province June 2, 201

Family and friends of a 20-year-old Vanderhoof woman who went missing from a popular camping and party spot continue to scour the area for clues to her disappearance five days ago.

The official search effort was called off Tuesday, but those close to Madison Scott haven’t abandoned the search and RCMP are still investigating.

“Search and rescue will conduct further searches of some roadways in the vicinity of Hogsback Lake over the next few days,” said Sgt. Rob Vermeulen in a statement Thursday.

“The family asked the RCMP to pass along that they wish to thank Vanderhoof area residents for their generous financial support for the helicopter that has been used in their search effort,” he said.

An account has been set up for donations toward the helicopter search. The account number is 80234286 and contributions can be made at any credit union.

The area is a former forestry campsite, which also has a parking lot and boat launch area, and is popular with locals.

Vermeulen said a forensics team has examined the camping area and a dive team was called in to assess whether an underwater search is warranted.

Police are also still interviewing people who were around the campsite on the weekend of May 27 and 28, when Scott was last seen there.

Scott is described as white, five-foot-four, 170 pounds, with ginger hair. She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and capri-style blue jeans.

Her off-white early 1990s model F-150 Ford pickup and a two-tone blue tent were left at the site.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vanderhoof RCMP at 250-567-2222.

Search for missing teen suspended (from Prince George Free Press)

Madison Scott
Published: June 01, 2011 1:00 PM

 

A 20-year-old Vanderhoof girl has gone missing at a party during a camping trip at Hogsback Lake over the weekend.

Madison Scott was last seen at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. Friends say when they woke up she was gone. The Vanderhoof RCMP received a call from her family that she had not returned home on Sunday at 2 p.m.

“That’s when we called search and rescue,” Staff-Sergeant Dave Beach of the Vanderhoof RCMP said Monday. “Before search and rescue go out they have to get authorization from the police because we coordinate the search,” he said.

Beach added that Scott’s phone was last used at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning – approximately four hours after she was last seen.

Police have located her tent and her truck but have no leads to her whereabouts at this point.

The investigation has determined that Madison attended a party on Friday night in an area well known and used by locals. The area is a former Forestry campsite, which also has a parking lot and boat launch area. Police also know that another party was held there Saturday night.

“Right now we’re trying to follow the leads from the people that were at the party – but we have no significant leads so far,” said Beach.

Volunteers from Nechako Valley Search and Rescue, Burns Lake Search and Rescue and Prince George Search and Rescue, along with both the Vanderhoof and Fort St. James RCMP detachments were searching for her Sunday and all day Monday. A swift water rescue team was also called in to assist.

On Tuesday the physical search of the area was suspended until new information can be obtained that would allow searchers to focus their efforts in another direction than already considered.

Madison Scott is described as 20-year-old Caucasian, five feet four inches tall, 170 lbs. with ginger hair. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jean Capri pants. The RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in finding Scott.

“We believe someone who was in the area this weekend may have seen Madison or even spoken to her,” said Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, spokesperson with E Division. “It is important that we determine what happened that night, what her plans were for Saturday and the rest of the weekend. 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.”

Anyone who may have seen Madison or may know of her whereabouts should contact the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment immediately at (250) 567-2222.

Vanderhoof rallies around missing woman’s family (from CBC)

CBC News Jun 1, 2011 10:21 AM PT

The Mayor of Vanderhoof says his community is rallying around the family of Madison Scott, the 20-year-old woman who went missing this weekend after attending a bush party in Central B.C.

Madison’s Scott’s pick-up truck was found at the campsite next to her tent. RCMP

Police later found her truck and tent at a campsite at Hogsback Lake about 25 km south of Vanderhoof but a massive search by air, ground and water by 150 people failed to find any other trace of her.
RCMP called off the ground search for Scott on Monday, but friends and family say they’re raising money to pay for a further helicopter search. A Facebook.com site has been set up to organize the effort.

The town’s mayor Gerry Thiessen knows the Scott family, and says the disappearance has hit the town hard. “As you talk to people and see people on the street, it’s that sense that your stomach has just kinda dropped out of you for a second here. It’s very, very difficult and very tough on your emotions,” said Thiessen.

 

Police investigators have determined that Madison was last seen around 3 a.m. Saturday at the campsite. They are looking to speak to anyone who attended that party or a second one at the same site on Saturday night. “We believe someone who was in the area this weekend may have seen Madison or even spoken to her, Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said in an statement. “It is important that we determine what happened that night, what her plans were for Saturday and the rest of the weekend. 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,” said Vermeulen.

Madison Scott is described as a 20-year-old Caucasian, five-foot four-inches tall, 170 lbs with ginger hair. She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jean Capri pants. She was driving an off-white early 1990s model F-150 pickup truck and had a two-tone blue tent; both were left at the site and are now in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vanderhoof RCMP at (250) 567-2222.

Wednesday June 1st search summary:

More Helicopter searches, some private, and one by the RCMP with an infrared camera. The volunteer vehicle road search continues expanding outward.  Door to Door canvasing in the Mapes and Blackwater areas continues. Searches of some gravel pits start.

Tuesday May 31st Search Summary: Offical search called off, large volunteer effort begins.

As search and rescue did not find any evidence or tracks on the trails or roads leaving Hogsback Lake campsite the official ground search was called off, but the RCMP investigation continues with a team from Vancouver leading it. Friends and family started their own search of trails and area roads. Roads were searched for tracks leading off onto spur roads or on trails. Canvassing of residence in the Hogsback area began. A large number of individuals with trucks and 4 wheelers joined the search. A Facebook page was started, and a temporary web site made. The initial missing persons poster was emailed to friends, family and acquaintances across BC and they were posted in a wide range of communities.

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