Historic/Cold Cases

The Disappearance of Madison Scott – Hogsback Lake, BC – May 28th, 2011




Madison “Maddy” Geraldine Scott is a Canadian missing person. She disappeared on Saturday, 28 May 2011, after a birthday party at Hogsback Lake, 25 kilometers southeast of Vanderhoof, British Columbia. Scott planned to spend the night camping with a friend, but a fight broke out between the friend and a few men at the party, after which she decided to leave the party with her new boyfriend. Some of the last people to have left three hours later, between 3am and 4am, reported speaking with Scott and asking if she wanted a ride home. This was the last time anyone reported talking to her.

Background

Maddy Scott was born to Eldon and Dawn Scott on April 29, 1991; she is the younger sibling of Ben and the older sibling of Georgia. She enjoyed dirtbiking, quading, horseback riding, team sports and hanging out with her friends. Scott worked as an apprentice heavy duty mechanic with her father at MBG Logging. She was described by her brother as someone who was as comfortable in a dress as she was in work coveralls.

Personality

Scott is described as having a vivacious, fun-loving, playful, social personality and would often do things on the spur of the moment. She would often break off engagements if she felt there was something more fun. For example, she broke off an engagement with her cousin, Cora Kelly, with a day’s notice to go to the party at Hogsback Lake instead. Still, it is considered completely out of personality for her to be out of touch with family and friends for long. Scott loved to have nice things too; expensive motorbike gear was left at her campsite and she recently upgraded her iPhone before she went missing. She is also described as having a caring and affectionate personality, described by her friend Chelsea Little as “willing to give the shirt off her back” for someone in need. Scott also enjoyed performing with and for her friends in fun short amateur video productions. She was described as someone who would bring it all together. It was also reported that she focused more on social endeavors at school and though she managed the academic side of school, she wasn’t too interested in academics.

 

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Relationship status

Maddy was single at the time of her disappearance. She was on a couple of dating sites at the time. There was a guy who she was interested in for some time who was at the party on Friday night for a bit; he told her that “he just wanted to be friends.” According to Dawn, Maddy was a bit upset but nothing drastic. It is not known whether there was any further investigation into the guy who Maddy was interested in. There was another boy who was interested in her, but according to Dawn “she wasn’t interested in him.” According to Dawn, he got a bit huffy in private according to only a couple of people, not a public display, and “has been put through the wringer.” According to Dawn, Maddy’s cell phone records indicated that she had an incoming call at 12:30 am on 28 May 2011, the night of the party, “from a young guy who we know.”

Identifying characteristics

At the time of her disappearance, Maddy was a 20 year old Caucasian female of 160-180 lbs, standing five foot four, with hazel eyes, and a natural ginger hair color. Maddy has numerous ear piercings and a nose piercing. At the time of her disappearance, she recently got a tattoo of a swallow silhouette on her inside left wrist.

Vehicle and personal items at time of disappearance

Maddy went to Hogsback Lake in her white 1990 Ford F150 pickup truck with Jordi Bolduc. There were a number of items which Maddy took with her to the lake that remained on, in or around the vehicle after her disappearance. Many of these items were of value. Items found around the truck after her disappearance included a two person dual-toned blue tent, sleeping bags, toiletries and costume jewelry. Items in the open bed of the truck after her disappearance included a hatchet, a cooler with wine and beer, a gas can with some gasoline and motorbike boots. Items found within her truck, which was locked, included some clothes, her purse and an expensive camera.

Numerous items were known to be missing at the time of her disappearance. These items include the clothes that she was wearing, an iPhone 4 with a robin’s egg blue case and a large cluster of keys (with Ford key) on a Gothic-style lanyard.

Hogback Lake party

Other than Jordi, Maddy was friends with few others at the party. Spending most of her life in Vanderhoof, Maddy attended Nechako Valley Secondary School, where she met Jordi Bolduc in 2007. Jordi was new to the school; she and Maddy became friends soon after she arrived, though this friendship dwindled by the time they had graduated in 2009. The party was a birthday party thrown as a yearly event by a man who was present at Hogsback. The party was advertised by a Facebook event. It was reported that there were around 50 people who attended the party.

Disappearance

Maddy had attended the party with her friend Jordi Bolduc on the evening of May 27, 2011, but had retired to her tent and sleeping bag before a fight broke out around midnight and Jordi, injured and drunk, felt compelled to leave with her new boyfriend. According to Jordi, even though she had tried to convince Maddy to leave, Maddy was already in her sleeping bag and didn’t want to get up, so Jordi left her there. Jordi came back to the campsite with her boyfriend at about 8:30 am the next morning to get Jordi’s clothes and sleeping bag before Jordi went on her way to work. Jordi found Maddy’s tent unzipped with her sleeping bags and stuff moved to the side. Jordi said that she didn’t see Maddy and never reported this to anyone.

 

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Cell phone records

Maddy and Dawn were texting at 11:30 pm Friday 27 May, 2011. And the last activity on her phone was at about 12:30 am on Saturday 28 May, 2011, when, according to Dawn, “there was an incoming call from a guy we know.” Cell phone records were retrieved by RCMP, including tower pings, and they “had everything they needed.” There was no record of any incoming cell phone activity after this. And the cell phone stopped pinging the tower at about 8 am 28 May 2011.

Second party

A second party occurred in the evening of Saturday 28 May 2011 that was over twice the size of the party where Maddy disappeared. Maddy’s sister was at the second party but didn’t see Maddy there and didn’t want to report that she was at the party because she was underage and didn’t want to get in trouble. Maddy’s tent was flattened at the second party and the person who flattened it was identified and questioned by RCMP, and nothing was reported to the public in regards to suspicious motives.

Investigation

The investigation following the Maddy Scott disappearance had used more investigative tools than any other case in BC history. Police claimed to have interviewed all the party goers who were at the party the night of 27 May 2011, and reported that they had no reason to believe that anyone at the party was responsible for her disappearance. The police also reported that everyone was co-operative with taking polygraph tests. Most of the people at the party with 150 people on Saturday night also took the polygraph tests. Jordi Bolduc reported that she took the test numerous times and that at least one of those times, she claimed that they told her “she aced it.” One thing of note about polygraph tests is that in Canada the results of polygraph tests are not actually admissible as evidence in criminal court, so it leaves the question as to what the RCMP actually used the polygraphs for. It is possible that the tests were used to put pressure on the subjects being questioned, so as to elicit a confession.

The police collected and examined all of Maddy’s belongings from the campsite, including her truck, tent, sleeping bag and pillow. The police also collected Jordi’s sleeping bag, pillow and pillow case, though Jordi had collected them on the Saturday morning after the party. Jordi had washed her pillow case but not her sleeping bag. The police found blood in Jordi’s sleeping bag which was determined to be from Jordi’s ankle. Jordi was questioned about this blood and she was cleared after reporting that it came from when she was on a school trip years before.

The Scott family also hired a private investigator who did their own interview with Jordi Bolduc. They reported back to the Scotts that Jordi kept asking to have her “favorite pillow” back.

Sgt Floyd of the RCMP reported “we haven’t identified anyone that would have a grudge or had any reason to harm or cause Madison’s disappearance.” RCMP reported that there was no sign of a struggle.[22] RCMP believe that foul play is involved.

Search effort

The area around Hogsback lake has been searched extensively, including the lake, creeks, fields, swamps and forests surrounding the lake. The area has been searched by foot, quad, horseback, helicopter, divers, cadaver-dogs, boat, car and truck. There was a particularly extensive search effort in the initial days of the disappearance, with search crews walking in extended lines, hand-in-hand, checking in at 10 pm at night, cadaver-dogs searching and dive teams scouring the lake. The helicopter search included the use of infrared cameras in the early morning hours, as the ground was cool and body heat would stand out. The helicopter search covered an area between Fraser Lake and Isle Pierre. The boat search included the use of side-scanning sonar.

 

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Theories

Numerous theories exist as to what happened to Maddy. Judging from her personality described by friends and family, and how she lived with her parents and often checked in, it is highly unlikely that she ran away. Also, since there was no evidence of anything that would cause her to leave the campsite on her own, such as a flat tire, police consider it unlikely that she left on her own. Animal attack has also been considered and numerous people even reported seeing a large cougar in the area soon after her disappearance. However, the animal attack theory has been contested because of the lack of remains or sign of a struggle.

Many people have also suggested that she may be in the lake, however this theory has been proven highly unlikely as a team of professional divers explored the lake and found nothing. Also, cadaver dogs searched the perimeter of the lake during the early stages of the search and found nothing. It should also be noted that the lake is fairly small at 128 acres and is only 22 feet at its deepest and reasonably clear, so it is not hard to search.

Foul play

RCMP believe that foul play is involved in the disappearance of Maddy Scott. The RCMP also said that there was no sign of a struggle. It was also reported that apart from the clothes which she was wearing, the only two items missing with her are her iPhone 4 and a large bundle of keys, including a Ford key, on a Gothic style lanyard.

It is not known exactly how she left. Though, Rick Beatty from Vanderhoof Search and Rescue, said that like the RCMP, a lot of people assisting the search came to the conclusion that she must have left via vehicle because there was no evidence to indicate that she left by foot.

Since there was no sign of a struggle and Maddy was able to collect her keys and cell phone before leaving, this implies that Maddy was convinced to go on her own volition.

Friends or associates

Dawn mentioned that there was a guy who Maddy was interested in romantically for some time, who was at the party for a bit. Dawn said that Maddy told her that he wasn’t interested and he told Maddy that he “just wanted to be friends.” It is not yet public knowledge how much effort was put into investigating this man.

Another person who is suspect was the guy who was interested in Maddy but huffy in private because she wasn’t interested in him. This guy was “put through the ringer.” And it should be noted that since Maddy wasn’t interested in this guy, he would have had more difficulty taking Maddy without a struggle than the man who Maddy was interested in.

Many people have pointed towards Jordi Bolduc as having some sort of involvement in Maddy’s disappearance and since Jordi was supposed to spend the night with Maddy, it is natural to suspect Jordi. However, Jordi took numerous polygraph tests and according to her own testimony, she “aced it.” In addition to this, since Jordi left the party with her new boyfriend Tyler, at the time she would have had to find a way to make it back to the campsite without being noticed or conspired with another person to have taken Maddy. Jordi had left with her boyfriend. It is unlikely that Jordi had a hand to play, however, it is not yet public knowledge how much effort was put into investigating Tyler.

Another rumor suggested that Fribjon Bjornson may have been somehow involved in Maddy’s disappearance. The rumor started after Jordi Bolduc was interviewed on 48 Hours having said that Maddy and Fribjon were involved and that he was “bad news.” The rumor suggests that Maddy’s disappearance and Fribjon’s death are related. Maddy and Fribjon played on the same recreational softball team for a while, however, some effort was made by the police to investigate Fribjon and his potential relation to Maddy’s disappearance; and police and the victim’s families don’t believe there are any significant links between the two cases.

Stranger

It has been proposed that a stranger who wasn’t at the party may have taken Maddy. Considering the remoteness of Hogsback lake, and the timing of Maddy’s disappearance, this theory is less likely than if the abductor was at the party, even if they came back later. Jordi Bolduc did report that there were some people who arrived later in the party that she didn’t know. According to the FBI, stranger abductions involving women mostly are motivated by sexual assault and are also the most likely to involve the use of a firearm. However, since Maddy was allowed to take her keys and her cell phone, it is not likely she was taken at gunpoint; it is more likely she left willingly.

 

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Israel Keyes

Israel Keyes has been proposed as having a role in Maddy’s disappearance, however Keyes’ MO usually included theft from his victims; nothing was known to be stolen from Maddy’s campsite. There were multiple items of value left behind in plain sight at Maddy’s campsite, including a purse, camera, gasoline, expensive motorbike equipment and liquor; this is contrary to Keyes’ MO of stealing from his victims. Hogsback lake is a straight 33 hour drive from Anchorage, Alaska, where Keyes lived, and in a different country; making travel quite inconvenient for Israel. However, a few days after Maddy’s disappearance, on 2 June 2011, Keyes was known to have flown from Alaska to Chicago, rented a car and drove almost 1,000 miles to Vermont with the intent of committing murder. And even without a specific victim in mind, Keyes ended up committing the double homicide of Bill and Lorraine Currier, whose bodies haven’t been found. Keyes was known to be an opportunist, choosing some victims as they happened to be in a location chosen by Keyes in advance, choosing some victims by how unlikely they would be linked to him and still choosing other victims based upon how easy it seemed their bodies would be to carry. Keyes said on tape: “I would let my victims come to me…in some remote location.” Keyes’ last known victim, Samantha Koenig, was taken at gunpoint from behind a store counter at a coffee shop in Anchorage, where Keyes lived, in March 2012; this is contrary to his claim that he would let his victims come to him in remote areas.

Highway of Tears

Some have suggested that Maddy went missing as part of the Highway of Tears cases. However, for unknown reasons, the family has fought hard to keep her name off the list. It should be noted however that at least two disappearances along the Highway of Tears corridor had similar circumstances, in that the women disappeared and items of value were left behind or had some similar characteristics. These women were Bonnie Marie Joseph and Anita Florence Thorne. Joseph’s wallet was found with an un-cashed cheque near a lake near Fraser Lake. Joseph was last seen hitchhiking outside of Vanderhoof. And Thorne’s purse was left in her unlocked car and her cell phone and keys were among the things that went missing with her. Anita Thorne went missing in Prince George and her car was discovered near the Shelly turn-off outside of Prince George. Thorne was also described as someone who would “give the shirt off of her back” for someone in need, similar to how Maddy was described by her friends.

Accident

It has also been suggested that Maddy’s disappearance was the result of some misadventure, likely away from Hogsback Lake campsite. Although an accident is a theory about her disappearance that is in the public domain, and there was drinking and fighting at the party the night of her disappearance; there is no credible report in the public domain that Maddy disappeared due to an accident.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Maddy_Scott

Also Read:

http://madisonscott.ca/

http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=205&languageId=1&contentId=55474

https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/madison-scott-disappearance-remains-unsolved-1.23314421

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