A major break has been made in the long-running mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young Vanderhoof woman.
RCMP said in a statement issued Monday that remains identified as those of Madison (Maddy) Scott have been been found on a rural property on the east side of Vanderhoof, 100 kilometres west of Prince George.
Scott had been the subject of a high-profile missing person campaign ever since she went missing on May 28, 2011, while at Hogsback Lake, a camping spot 25-kilometres southeast of Vanderhoof, where she had been celebrating a friend’s birthday.
The latest development comes on the same day RCMP had issued a notice to remind the public of her disappearance 12 years ago.
"We can confirm that the property is associated to the discovery of Maddy who has been positively identified by BC Coroners Service. The Scott family has been advised and they have asked for privacy at this time. Many areas of support remain in place for the family," RCMP said in a statement.
"Police are currently executing a search warrant at a rural property on the east side of Vanderhoof. The area has been secured and additional resources are anticipated to be on scene for as long as may be required.
"This has been a priority investigation for the RCMP over the past 12 years. The discovery of Maddy is a significant development, however this investigation remains an active and ongoing missing person's investigation where foul play has not been ruled out."
No charges have been laid. Anyone with any information is asked to call (778) 290-5291 or (877) 543-4822.