Search for missing teen suspended
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.