Search intensifies for missing Kamloops woman

By James Peters
February 8, 2018 - 10:42am Updated: February 8, 2018 - 5:29pm

KAMLOOPS — The mystery concerning the whereabouts of a Kamloops woman is deepening.

62 year old Thelma Vaughan's car was found yesterday morning, parked along East Shuswap Road not far from the Lafarge Bridge.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says Vaughan is an outdoor winter sports enthusiast, and searchers are focusing on the many trails in the area.

"We do know now that she's both a cross country skiier and she likes to go hiking. So we're not sure which she chose to do," said Shelkie. "There are no skis in her vehicle but she has numerous sets of cross country skis, according to her family. We did find numerous sets of skis at her residence, but she still could have a set with her."

"She had the equipment to do it. But at this time, it's just that there are a lot of different trails she may have taken. We've covered quite a few of them. Our helicopter has gone over them but nothing was seen. As well, Kamloops Search and Rescue has used their drone and a lot of miles were made on foot yesterday."

Shelkie says Vaughan lives alone and her family members do not reside in Kamloops, and that has searchers desperate for more information about her activities.

"We're asking any friends or acquaintances of Thelma's to please contact us and let us know if they have spoken to her and she indicated she would be going cross country skiing or hiking, or if they've ever been hiking or skiing with her, specifically in this area, so we may know which trail she may have taken," said Shelkie.

Shelkie says searchers have been hampered by the amount of snow that has fallen since Thelma parked her car, but they haven't given up hope that she might be found in good shape.

"It depends on how much equipment she took with her. In the evenings, it's getting down to about zero. It's been a few days now. At this time, we can't even confirm that she did go cross country skiing or hiking. All we know for certain is that her vehicle was parked there. She may be somewhere else all together. So that's really why we have to look into every scenario that may have happened."

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