The search for Frances Brown of New Hazelton was concluded at nightfall on Oct. 21 by the Smithers RCMP. Brown has not been located.
Brown was last seen on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 when she was mushroom picking in the Smithers area.
Search & Rescue (SAR) and the RCMP deployed extensive resources to locate Brown over a seven-day period. Bulkley Valley SAR was assisted by 21 other SAR teams scattered across B.C. An SAR helicopter, dog handler and trackers were utilized in the extensive search. The RCMP assisted with Air 3 (Prince George based helicopter), Terrace Detachment Dog Section member, a Smithers detachment member on site daily and a victim services manager to offer support during the final search days.
The Smithers RCMP say they’ve received generous and tireless assistance of the search & rescue volunteers, convergent volunteers including the Canadian Rangers, and the Salvation Army, which provided meals at the command site.
Even though the RCMP wilderness search for Brown was suspended, the police will continue to investigate all information and leads. Anyone with information regarding the file is asked to contact the Smithers RCMP at 250-847-3233.