Search for Mackie continues

While RCMP have called off the search for Immaculate Basil, members of Tl'azt'en Nation continue looking for the young woman.

While RCMP have called off the search for Immaculate Basil, members of Tl’azt’en Nation continue looking for the young woman.

Chief Ralph Pierre of Tl’azt’en said he and his wife and up to 30 dedicated community members are still searching the area, scouring thick cut blocks and along the Tachie River and other rivers in the area for any sign of Basil and what may have happened to her.

Pierre said even more searchers come out from the community on the weekends when more have time to search.

“Everybody’s a little exhausted,” said Pierre. “Emotions are running high.”

Basil has been missing since June 13, when she was leaving a cabin in the Leo Creek area.

“We haven’t found a clue,” said Pierre. “Nothing to really help and lift everybody’s spirits.”

“Not a shoe, not a sock, not her sweater.”

While they have no leads on what may have happened to the 26-year-old, he said they have no reason to suspect foul play and searchers are not ready to quit yet, despite the emotional toll the search is taking.

“I’m sure the community members, you know, some of them will never give up until she’s found,” said Pierre.