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Friday June 3rd search summary

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.

Thursday June 2nd Search Summary

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.

Family remains optimistic as search for Vanderhoof woman ends (from The Province)

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.

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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.

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