$25,000 reward for missing Madison “Maddy” Scott
VANDERHOOF, B.C. – Dawn and Eldon Scott, parents of Madison (Maddy) Scott who has been missing since May 2011, have raised the sum to $25,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of their missing 20-year-old daughter.
An extensive police search was launched on Sunday May 29th, after Scott failed to return home from a Saturday night party at Hogsback Lake.
At the peak of a three-months investigation, some 150 police search and rescue personnel including volunteers from Vanderhoof and neighbouring communities participated in air, land and water searches of the area for the missing woman.
Efforts to date have failed to uncover any trace of her.
“This investigation remains a priority for North District Major Crime,” said RCMP spokesperson, Sgt. Rob Vermeulen. “(We) appreciate the level of community interest in Madison’s disappearance… and still believe there is information out there, and that there ae people who have not come forward.”
The search for Madison Scott has been “both hopeful and emotionally disappointing,” said Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen. “Everywhere in town, on cars or business windows, there are posters looking for Madison. I get calls from residents on summer vacation hoping that there is something new to report, something that will help us find her. Now it’s time for both Madison and the Scott family, that those with information to come forward and talk to the RCMP.”
Detectives are following up on more than 780 tasks and various interviews connected to the investigation.
Police are again urging people to come forward with information that can help them piece together Maddy’s movements and actions before her disappearance. “What can often happen in an investigation like this is that people think their information is not that important or that someone else has likely told police already, but we often find that is not the case. It’s very likely that not everyone at Hogsback Lake that weekend Madison disappeared has come forward yet, or has provided us with all the information we need,” Vermeulen said.
Anyone with information should contact the Vanderhoof RCMP immediately at (250) 567-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Maddy’s parents Dawn and Eldon Scott, released the following statement on Thursday September 1, 2011.
“It has been three difficult months since our daughter Maddy was last seen out at Hogsback Lake, just south of our hometown of Vanderhoof.
It is hard to express the concern, sadness, and frustration that we have been going through as we wait for answers but our commitment to finding Maddy, and the truth of her disappearance has not wavered.
There is a possibility that Maddy’s disappearance may be the result of foul play and, while the RCMP continues to follow up on information and tips – we have chosen to support their efforts by increasing our reward. Therefore, we would like to announce that we have increased our reward up to $25,000 for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for her disappearance.
It is our hope and belief that there is information out there that will help us locate our daughter.
We would also like to express our gratitude to our family, friends, community and region who continue to support us and work with us in our search for answers. We have always loved living here and it is often in a time of crisis that you truly see the network of support that exists in an area that we are proud to call home. So thank you again.
These are not easy times. Our daughter remains missing and we need your help. We have learned a lot through this process, but one thing that has become apparent is that information is what drives an investigation. There is no excuse not to call the police with what you know. There is no way to rationalize talking about this case with others and not the police. If you want to know how you can help us, call the Vanderhoof RCMP or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, with any information that you may have because we need to find Maddy.”