posts of articles on Madison Scott from the the news media

One year later, Madison Scott disappearance still a mystery (from PG Free Press)


By DeLynda Pilon – Prince George Free Press
Published: May 23, 2012 10:00 AM
Updated: May 23, 2012 10:28 AM

Original article at the Prince George Free Press

“It has shaken the entire community of Vanderhoof.”

A long year has passed since Madison Scott disappeared from Hogsback Lake Forestry campsite, a year, for her family, filled with missed birthdays, a Christmas, Mothers Day and a graduation.

North District RCMP media liaison Const. Lesley Smith said that not only does Madison’s family have to deal every day with her disappearance, but so do all those who love her, her friends and the entire community.

Madison went to Hogsback Lake with a group of her friends intent on celebrating a birthday on Friday, May 27, 2011. She set up her two-toned blue tent and parked her white Chevy truck.

Everyone left to go home at about 3 a.m.

Madison stayed.

She has not been seen since.

When she wasn’t home by Sunday afternoon police were notified and headed out to the lake. There Madison’s tent and truck were found, but she was not. The family immediately turned to social media and networking sites, trying to find Madison or locate someone who knew where she was. Very soon after that volunteers and Search and Rescue headed out to the site and an intensive search began. The area was combed by people on foot and ATV’s and the lake was searched with sonar.

“She’s not in the lake and there was a thorough search of the area,” Smith said. “We believe either she has been taken, or she’s in the area and we just need to find her.”

Though sure her disappearance was not a misadventure, there is a vast forest surrounding the area. Smith said one thing people heading out to camp, fish or hike right now could do is simply be aware of their surroundings. If something looks or smells suspicious, go and investigate why. Walk in areas where you commonly would not

. Check ditches. Watch for birds congregating or colours that seem out of place.

“If you find something, contact the RCMP. Note the coordinates if you have a GPS,” Smith said. “Wherever you are outdoors, keep in mind Madison Scott is missing.”

Police also believe someone knows something about Madison’s disappearance though that person might not even be aware of it or think it’s a small insignificant detail.

“The family as well as the RCMP know there is somebody out there who has information or has it and doesn’t know it who can help us with the investigation,” Smith said.

Getting that information, no matter how insignificant it might seen, may well add the missing puzzle piece in the investigation.

The case, she said, relies heavily on witnesses, people who possibly have been too afraid to come forward.

“We encourage anyone who remembers the smallest detail to come forward. It could lead us in the right direction”

She said the police even need to rule out the rumours. They need to hear from the person who had the piece of information rather than a third person.

The RCMP continues to be involved with the family and the entire Major Crimes Unit is working the case. The family recently increased the award money.

A re-enactment video has been prepared to bring awareness to party goes at the location and is available on the RCMP website.

Merrit Hearald, Letters to the Editor: MY niece, Madison scott remains missing…

published: April 30, 2012 4:00 PM
Updated: April 30, 2012 4:07 PM

Dear Editor:

Unbelievably, my 20-year-old niece, Madison Scott, remains missing after mysteriously disappearing on Saturday, May 28, 2011, from the Hogsback Lake forestry campsite 25 kilometres south of Vanderhoof, one hour west of Prince George.

She was camping with a group of young people from Vanderhoof who were celebrating a friend’s birthday. Everyone left the party by about 4 a.m., and Maddy was left alone at the campsite. Something happened that led to Maddy’s disappearance. Foul play is suspected.

Maddy remains missing despite a vigorous and in-depth RCMP investigation and ongoing efforts by family and friends. We believe someone knows where she is, but they have not come forward with the truth

. The purpose of this letter is to appeal to all British Columbians and visitors to be watchful for and mindful of anything suspicious as they head into the outdoors as spring and summer approaches. Our family needs everyone’s help.

If anyone has any information that will help bring Madison home to her family, come forward now. If you have information, or were at Hogsback Lake the weekend she went missing and have not yet come forward, please call the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250-567-2222 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Our hearts are shattered by Maddy’s disappearance. Further information, including photos of Maddy, can be found on madisonscott.ca or the Help Find Madison Scott Facebook page. Thank you for helping us to find Maddy and bringing her home where she belongs.

Sincerely and gratefully,

Sandra Kelly Klassen

Williams Lake, B.C.

“Walk for Maddy” Tomorrow (from Omineca Express)


Friday, January 27, 2012 – 3:16 PM, By Christina Doll, Vanderhoof, B.C.

A walk has been organized in Vanderhoof tomorrow to raise awareness about a missing local woman. 20 year old Madison Scott disappeared last May 28th after attending a party at Hogsback Lake

.

The four kilometre “Walk for Maddy” will begin at Mapes Hall at 2:00pm and end at the lake. Once participants arrive, they can write a message on a lantern to be placed in the campsite.

North District RCMP Media Relations Officer Constable Lesley Smith says the walk is not a fundraiser.

“But what I understand is there are t-shirts. “Hope is Your Way Home” is what’s written on these t-shirts and they’re available by donation. A number of community members are already wearing these t-shirts and the family is very touched by that.”

School District 91 has provided a bus to transport participants back to Mapes Hall after the walk.

Reenactment Video Launched in Search for Madison Scott (from Opinion250)


By 250 News

Friday, December 02, 2011 02:43 PM

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Photo from reenactment  video on the disappearance of Madison Scott ( courtesy RCMP)

Vanderhoof, B.C. – It has been six months since 20 year old Madison Scott disappeared from her campsite at Hogsback Lake,  and the RCMP  have now released a re-enactment video with hopes it will  bring forth new information on  her disappearance.

“This investigation remains a priority for North District Major Crime,” says Cpl. Dan Moskaluk spokesperson for the RCMP. “We believe that there is information out there and it is our hope that the reenactment video could be the tool needed to help us determine what happened. The police need information and Maddy’s family need answers”.

In September the Scott family increased their private reward to up to $25,000. Brent and Kali Marshall and the Northland Auto Group have matched the value and the reward now sits at up to $50,000.

The investigation was launched 6 months ago after Madison failed to return from a party at Hogsback Lake about 25 kilometres south of Vanderhoof. At its peak over 150 Search and Rescue personnel and volunteers from Vanderhoof and neighbouring communities conducted air, land and water searches of the area. Despite their efforts, Madison and items like her new iPhone 4 and her large bundle of keys, remain missing.

“Numerous efforts have been made to keep this investigation and the need for information in the public domain and video is powerful resource in this age of social media and connectivity

. The video includes interviews with Maddy’s parents, Dawn and Eldon Scott and takes viewers back to the spot where she was last seen”, says Cpl. Moskaluk.

The video can  be viewed by clicking here.

Investigators continue to follow up on the over 950 tasks generated by this file, including various interviews.

Anyone with information to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP immediately at (250) 567-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Police release video reenactment of Madison Scott disappearance (from Vancouver Sun)

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The RCMP released a video reenactment today — the six-month anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of 20-year-old Madison Scott.

Known as Maddy to her friends, Scott was last seen on Saturday May 28 at Hogsback Lake, just outside of Vanderhoof.

“Numerous efforts have been made to keep this investigation and the need for information in the public domain and video is powerful resource in this age of social media and connectivity,” RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said today in a statement.

“The video includes interviews with Maddy’s parents, Dawn and Eldon Scott, and takes viewers back to the spot where she was last seen.”

So far, there has been no evidence of foul play but investigators cannot rule out the possibility as time goes on with no sightings of Scott or contact with her family, police said.

“This investigation remains a priority for North District Major Crime,” Moskaluk said.

“We believe that there is information out there and it is our hope that the reenactment video could be the tool needed to help us determine what happened. The police need information and Maddy’s family need answers.”

In September, the Scott family increased their private reward to $25,000 from $15,000.

Brent and Kali Marshall and the Northland Auto Group have matched the reward, which now sits at $50,000.

Days after their daughter disappeared, parents Dawn and Eldon Scott issued a statement, saying: “We love our daughter, we need her back home, we need to find her

. Please help us. Thank-you.”

The parents described Maddy as a “beautiful, caring and loving daughter, sister and friend” who loved sports, photography, had a great sense of humour and loved to socialize with family and friends.

They said it was important for anyone with any information to come forward and speak to police.

The investigation was launched after Scott failed to return from a party at Hogsback Lake, located 25 kilometres south of Vanderhoof. It is a well-known recreational and camping area that also has a reputation as a party spot for young people.

At its peak, more than 150 search and rescue personnel and volunteers from Vanderhoof and neighbouring communities conducted air, land and water searches of the area. Despite their efforts, Madison has not been found.

Police are still seeking information about what happened to the young women’s new iPhone 4 and her large bundle of keys.

Her iPhone 4 that had a bluish green or turquoise-shell cover and her bundle of keys had a Ford truck key on it.

Anyone with information to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP immediately at (250) 567-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

A website has been set up to help locate Madison: http://madisonscott.ca/

nhall@vancouversun.com

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Police release video reenactment of Madison Scott disappearance (from PG Free Press)

Published: December 02, 2011 12:00 PM, by the Prince George Free Press – News

Police have released a video reenactment of the disappearance of Madison Scott six months ago.

The 20 year old Vanderhoof woman, who was last seen on Saturday May 28th at Hogsback Lake.

Watch the video

“This investigation remains a priority for North District Major Crime,” says Cpl. Dan Moskaluk spokesperson for the RCMP

. “We believe that there is information out there and it is our hope that the reenactment video could be the tool needed to help us determine what happened.  The police need information and Maddy’s family need answers”.

In September the Scott family increased their private reward to up to $25,000. Brent and Kali Marshall and the Northland Auto Group have matched the value and the reward now sits at up to $50,000.

The investigation was launched six months ago after Madison failed to return from a party at Hogsback Lake located 25 kilometres south of Vanderhoof. At its peak over 150 Search and Rescue personnel and volunteers from Vanderhoof and neighbouring communities conducted air, land and water searches of the area.  Despite their efforts, Madison and items like her new iPhone 4 and her large bundle of keys, remain missing.

“Numerous efforts have been made to keep this investigation and the need for information in the public domain and video is powerful resource in this age of social media and connectivity.  The video includes interviews with Maddy’s parents, Dawn and Eldon Scott and takes viewers back to the spot where she was last seen”, says Cpl. Moskaluk.

Investigators continue to follow up on the over 950 tasks generated by this file, including various interviews.  Anyone with information to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP immediately at (250) 567-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Missing woman’s friends canvas Grey Cup (from CBC)


Friends of a missing B.C. woman printed 6,000 flyers to hand out during the Grey Cup event in Vancouver. Even though six months have gone by, they’re determined to find answers.

Madison Scott was last seen at a party at Hogsback Lake, a forest recreation site near the town — about 60 kilometres west of Prince George — in the early morning hours of May 28.

Scott, 20, disappeared with her iPhone and the keys to her pickup truck, leaving her tent and the vehicle behind.

Police investigators determined that Scott was last seen around 3 a.m. PT at the campsite. They were looking to speak to anyone who attended that party, or a second one at the same site that night.

Extensive air, ground, and water searches have turned up nothing, police said.

Even though six months have gone by, Scott’s friends are aiming to reach out as far and wide as possible, which is why they were handing out posters outside the Grey Cup game in Vancouver on Sunday.

In September, Scott’s family announced that a $25,000 reward would be offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her disappearance

.

CBC Video thumbnail for grey cup poster handouts

Video at CBC on Madison Scott missing posters being handed out at Grey Cup

Fundraiser for Madison Scott Brings in Big Bucks (from HQ Prince George)


Thursday, October 13, 2011 – 12:00 PM
By Marisca Dekkema
Smithers, B.C.

A fundraiser held over the weekend to raise money for the family of a missing Vanderhoof girl brought in over 70 thousand dollars. Local resident, Brian Frenkel, hosted the event that also aimed at bringing awareness of Madison Scott’s disappearance. “Two hundred and fifty people attended the event, there was a waiting list of over a hundred to get it. It just shows that small communities get together and support each other. On Saturday, it was day 133 since she disappeared and they are still looking

. ” Meanwhile, the investigation continues into the search for the 20 year old, who was last seen on May 28th at Hogsback Lake. Recently, the Scott family increased the reward to up to twenty five thousand dollars to help find her and is asking anyone with information to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP immediately at (250) 567-2222 or Crime Stoppers.

Reward boosted for info about young Vanderhoof woman’s disappearance (from The Province)

Madison (Maddy) Scott went missing from a party at Hogsback Lake in the Vanderhoof area three months ago. Her parents boosted the reward for info about her disappearance to $25,000 on Thursday.

Photograph by: Submitted, RCMP

Three months after she mysteriously vanished, the family of a 20-year-old Vanderhoof woman have boosted the reward for information into her disappearance.

Madison “Maddy” Scott was last seen on May 28 at Hogsback Lake.

Police say the investigation into her disappearance remains a big priority.

“While investigators appreciate the level of community interest in Madison’s disappearance, they still believe that there is information out there or those that have not come forward yet,” said North District RCMP Sgt. Rob Vermeulen in a release Thursday.

“The search for Madison Scott has been both hopeful and emotionally disappointing,” said Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen in a statement. “Everywhere in town, on cars or business windows, there are posters looking for Madison.

“I get calls from residents on summer vacation hoping that there is something new to report, something that will help us find her.”

Thiessen urged anyone with information to come forward.

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Anguished Vanderhoof parents increase reward for info about missing daughter (from the Vancouver Sun)

Madison Scott, 20, was last seen on Saturday May 28th out at Hogsback Lake, just south of Vanderhoof, which is located in northern B.C. along Highway 16. Photograph by: Handout, RCMP

The anguished parents of Madison Scott of Vanderhoof have increased the reward to $25,000 on the third-month anniversary of their 20-year-old daughter going missing.

The parents had previously offered a reward of $15,000.

“We’re hoping it will generate more information,” RCMP Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said of the boost in the reward.

The investigation so far has generated 780 tasks and there still are about 50 remaining, but police still are seeking information that might solve the mysterious disappearance of Scott, who was last seen at 3 a.m. on May 28 at Hogsback Lake, about 25 kilometres south of Vanderhoof.

“Investigators believe that additional information is out there that will be useful as they continue to try to piece together Madison’s movements and actions prior to disappearing,” Vermeulen said.

“It’s very likely that not everyone at Hogsback Lake that weekend Madison disappeared has come forward yet, or has provided us with all the information we need.”

So far, there has been no evidence of foul play but investigators cannot rule out the possibility as time goes on with no sightings of Scott or contact with her family, Vermeulen said.

An extensive search was launched May 29, when Scott failed to return home from a party at the lake.

At its peak, more than 150 search and rescue personnel and volunteers from Vanderhoof and neighbouring communities conducted air, land and water searches of the area.

Police found her tent and pickup truck, but the investigation has determined that there are two items that have yet to be recovered that may assist in locating Scott: her new iPhone 4 that had a bluish green or turquoise shell/skin cover, and her large bundle of keys, which has a Ford truck key on it.

The keys may or may not be on a black gothic-themed lanyard, police said.

Scott’s disappearance is being investigated by the North District Crime Unit, which has been in contact with E-Pana investigators, who are investigating murders and disappearances along Highway 16, the so-called Highway of Tears that runs through Vanderhoof.

Days after Scott disappeared, her parents, Dawn and Eldon Scott, issued a statement saying: “We love our daughter, we need her back home, we need to find her. Please help us. Thank-you.”

The parents described Maddy as a “beautiful, caring and loving daughter, sister and friend” who loves sports and photography, has a great sense of humour and loves to socialize with family and friends.

They said it was important for anyone with any information to come forward and speak to police.

Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen said the search for the missing young women has been both hopeful and emotionally disappointing.

“Everywhere in town, on cars or business windows, there are posters looking for Madison,” the mayor said in a statement Thursday.

“I get calls from residents on summer vacation hoping that there is something new to report, something that will help us find her

. Now it’s time for both Madison and the Scott family, that those with information come forward and talk to the RCMP.”

Anyone with information is asked to call with information to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP at (250) 567-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

nhall@vancouversun.com

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