Madison was just 20 years old when she disappeared from a bush party at a Forest Service Campsite. Today she would be 31.
Madison’s disappearance from Hogsback Lake in Vanderhoof, British Columbia on May 28, 2011 is considered suspicious by the RCMP. She has not been seen since.
She was a vibrant, free-spirited, loyal and kind individual. When not hard at work at her parents’ family business, Madison immersed herself in family/friends, hockey, softball and photography.
As per numerous reports, she went down Blackwater Road on the night of May 27, 2011 to attend a party at a Forest Service Campsite on the lake approximately 25 kms south of Vanderhoof.
There were close to 46 people at the party. Scott’s friend who was going to stay with her, left the party after midnight with a young man who lives close by in the Hogsback Lake area. Madison was last seen between 2:45 a.m. and 3 a.m.
A couple of people who were at the party came back to Hogsback the next day to clean up, and saw her tent still standing and her truck, but they did not check to see if she was in the tent. There were no other tents or campers there.
RCMP were called and the official search and rescue effort began. The RCMP and search and rescue teams from Vanderhoof, Prince George, Burns Lake and Fort St. James directed additional volunteer searches.
There were grid searches of the area starting from the campsite, with helicopters searching the area, and the lake was searched by boat and side-searching SONAR.
They thoroughly covered the whole area around the campsite and lake and did not see any sign of anyone leaving the area on foot or ATV on any of the trails or through the woods.
Since the first year that Madison went missing, RCMP have continued their investigation with more interviews and polygraphs of party goers, following up on tips and other leads.
At the time of her disappearance Madison was 5 feet 4 inches tall, 160 pounds with ginger hair. Some distinguishing features include a bird silhouette tattoo on her left wrist and left nostril piercing.
There is still a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance. If you have any tips about Madison’s disappearance call the RCMP at 250-567-2222 or you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.