UPDATE: LOCATED DECEASED – “It’s been horrific”: Family of woman missing in Nicola Valley area joins search and rescue effort

Sad update in the search for Jaqueline McDermott, her body was found yesterday after exhaustive searches by the B.C. Search and Rescue teams.



It’s been a week since Jacqueline McDermott was reported missing in the Nicola Valley and her family is now in what could be described as an ‘unimaginable situation’.

“People keep saying that to us and I say, ‘Well, you can imagine it, but then you can stop imagining it when it starts to hurt too much.’ And we can’t stop,” explains Jacqueline’s mother Nathalie St-Maurice. “That’s the reality of this hell that we’re in right now.”

“It’s been horrific, is all I will say,” adds Leigh McDermott, Jacqueline’s father.

Last Friday (Sept. 30), Jacqueline, who also goes by Jaqui, had planned to attend a meditation retreat near Merritt. Her parents say she did make it to the retreat, but left after a short while. The next day, her vehicle was found broken down, believed to have run out of fuel, along Highway 97C between Merritt and Logan Lake.

“We don’t know exactly what happened but she left the retreat and after that was spotted a few times on the Friday (Sept. 30) in the area,” says St-Maurice. “She was spotted on Saturday morning (Oct. 1) in the area, and then after that, just her van was spotted on the side of the road, but haven’t seen her since then.”

Friday (Oct. 7), Jaqui’s family joined Mounties and SAR teams from around the region to continue the search effort in the Mamit Lake area. Her father notes that the family is grateful for the work put toward the search by RCMP investigative teams, search and rescue groups, and volunteers.


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