Heartbroken parents: ‘We love our daughter’
VANDERHOOF, B.C. – “We love our daughter, we need her back home, we need to find her. Please help us.”
That plea was made by the heartbroken parents of missing 20-year-old Vanderhoof woman Madison Scott who has not been seen since she May 27 when she went to party at a camp site near Hogsback Lake south-east of Vanderhoof.
Dawn Scott and her husband Eldon asked members of the public to come forward with any information that can help a team of cops who have been looking for clues to her mysterious disappearance.
“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,” said the parents.
“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,” the missing woman’s parents said in a statement.
“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 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,” they said about being thrust into the public limelight over the fate of their daughter.
“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.
RCMP Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said the investigation is being led by the North District major crime unit and 14 investigators are following up on between 300 to 400 tasks generated by the file, including public tips.
“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,” he said.
“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 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.