Young children hold signs in Spirit Square during a gathering for Immaculate Basil.

Walk for Mackie

Vanessa Joseph held a walk for missing person Immaculate (Mackie) Basil on Oct. 10.

Vanessa Joseph held a walk for missing person Immaculate (Mackie) Basil on Oct. 10.

Joseph is Basil’s cousin and held the event to draw attention to her missing relative, who has not been seen since June 13.

Twenty-six year-old Basil reportedly was heading south from a cabin on the Leo Creek Road with two other persons on June 13 and never made it back. Her family did not report her missing until June 17 and an extensive search was undertaken by Fort St. James Search and Rescue, RCMP and community members with the use of dogs, all terrain vehicles, aircraft and boats, however nothing was found.

While the official search was called off in October, family and friends have continued to look for Basil in the area.

Before leaving for her walk, Joseph and some supporters held a gathering in Spirit Square with drumming and singing. Children from the Eugene Joseph Elementary School attended and held signs both for Basil and to bring awareness to violence against women.

Missing women in the area: Bonnie M. Joseph since Sept. 2007, Madison Scott since May 2011, and Immaculate Basil since June 2013.