B.C. North District, Vanderhoof
2011-1508 / ND MCU 2011-4852
Tue Jun 07 12:20:00 PDT 2011
Update: Search continues for 20 year old Madison Scott
Vanderhoof, BC: Today the parents of 20 year old Madison Scott, Dawn and Eldon Scott issued a statement as search efforts continue.
Thank-you for coming.
My name is Dawn Scott and this is my husband Eldon we are the parents of Madison Scott. We wanted to come forward today because it is very important for us to speak to you and the public and let you know how important it is for anyone - with any information involving the disappearance of our daughter - to come forward and speak to police.
It has been 10 days since we made that difficult call to police when we realized that Maddy was missing. To understand how difficult that call was and what has happened since, you have to understand who Maddy is.
She is a beautiful caring and loving daughter, sister and friend. She is a passionate 20 year old young woman who loves sports and photography. She has a great sense of humour and she loves to socialize with family and friends.
Maddy made plans to attend a party out at Hogsback Lake on Friday May 27th and let us know that she was heading out and that she would be returning. The fact that she did not return or reach out to us or her friends is completely out of character. And when she didn’t come home we called police and the search began.
We are thankful for the police and Search and Rescue personnel who used every tool and resource available to conduct a thorough search of the area. And then there are the dozens even hundreds of volunteers who continue to return to Hogsback Lake daily to look through the area and surrounding areas. It is hard to believe all that they done and continue to do.
We have been overwhelmed by the level of support and assistance from the community in our effort to find our daughter.
We want to say thank-you to our family, friends and the community of Vanderhoof and our neighbouring communities who continue to be a daily source of inspiration and strength. We are a private family, and we never thought we would be put into such a public position. It is extremely hard for us all and we will do whatever it takes to find Maddy.
That is why we are asking for anyone with any information to please call police. There have been many instances where information comes to us second or third hand and we are left trying to capture that information and get it to police. Any information needs to go directly to police as they are in the best position to ask the right questions and use that information to help find Maddy.
So please, it doesn’t matter how small or insignificant it might seem, call the RCMP and let them know what you know, heard or saw or think you might have seen.
We also thank the public and the media for respecting our privacy, while we focus on working with the police and many volunteers looking for Maddy. We ask that you once again continue to respect our privacy as we deal with this difficult time.
We love our daughter, we need her back home, we need to find her. Please help us. Thank-you.
This investigation remains a priority for the North District Major Crime Unit and the Vanderhoof RCMP.
There are currently 14 investigators in town following up on the 300 – 400 tasks generated by this file and from information received to date.
We are pleased with the level of cooperation from those that have come forward or have spoken to investigators. However, police continue to believe that there is more information out there and we are once again appealing to the public to come forward and speak to us.
Investigators continue to speak to those who attended the parties at Hogsback Lake on Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th, and once again ask that anyone who may have been camping in the campsite area to contact police as they may have relevant information.
Madison Scott is described as 20 year old Caucasian, 5 foot 4, 170 lbs with ginger hair.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen Madison or may know of her whereabouts to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP immediately at (250) 567-2222 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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Sgt. Rob VERMEULEN
Senior Media Relations Officer
"E" Div Strategic Communications
5255 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K6