RCMP released a reenactment video on Friday depicting the night that local woman, Madison Scott, went missing.
The video retraces the night of May 27 this year when the 20-year-old headed out to a party at Hogsback Lake, 25 kilometres south of town, with the intention of camping overnight.
She was last seen by friends at 3 a.m. on Saturday, May 28.
Her family called the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment on Sunday May 29 at 2 p.m. when she failed to return home. Police who attended the area located her tent and her truck, but extensive search efforts to locate her have been unsuccessful so far.
Police say that Scott’s phone was last used at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning – approximately four hours after she was last seen.
Volunteers from Vanderhoof, Burns Lake and Prince George Search and Rescue crews, along with both the Vanderhoof and Fort St. James RCMP detachments and a number of concerned civilians, searched the area around Hogsback Lake in the days and weeks after her initial disappearance.
A swift water rescue team was also called in to assist. More than 150 volunteers searched the area including shorelines, ATV trails and logging roads. The water was also scoured with boats equipped with underwater cameras and sonar.
“The volunteers were just phenomenal,” said Madison’s father, Eldon Scott in an interview released in the video.
“They covered all the forestry roads and as much private land as we could and people went door to door. The community has been so supportive in that way and even beyond family outside of the town, in Prince George and other locations, they have really helped out in every way … it’s just been phenomenal,” he said.
Family and friends continued to conduct private searches for Maddy, months after her disappearance.
RCMP started filming the reenactment video in October, with hopes it might encourage more people with any information relating to her disappearance, to come forward.
“We were hopeful that … by putting out these types of video reenactments … we can utilize a broader range of formats to reach the public that being the media itself as well as through social media,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, a spokesperson for the RCMP.
“The videos have a possibility of reaching more people for longer,” he said.
He added that police investigators continue to follow up on over 950 tasks generated by the case, including various interviews, however more information is needed.
“It has been an investigation where we have received a lower number of tips than we had hoped … we’re still urging anyone that has been hesitant to contact our investigators, to come forward,” he said.
A private reward of $25,000 was released by the Scott family in September for any information leading to the safe return of their daughter.
That figure has now been increased to $50,000 thanks to a donation from Brent and Kali Marshall and the Northland Auto Group.
“We believe that somebody out there has information concerning Maddy and we need them to come forward,” said Madison’s mother Dawn Scott, in the video.
“And soon, like now would be a good time,” said Eldon.
“To just help us out, bring her home,” said Dawn.
Madison Scott is described as a 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 publics assistance in finding Scott. Anyone who may have seen Madison or may know of her whereabouts should contact the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment immediately at (250) 567-2222. If you wish to report something anonymously you can also call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.