Search for high-risk, missing female hiker expanded in Sooke, B.C.

The ongoing search for Melissa McDevitt has been expanded as other partners join the search from across the province.

It’s day seven of the search for the neurodivergent and high-risk woman in the Sooke Pot Holes area.

A number of crews have headed over to Vancouver Island to assist, including a contingent from North Shore Rescue.

“We are heading over to Sooke Trail to assist in the search. Hopefully, we will find some sort of sign,” said Mike Danks, with North Shore Rescue.

“It’s been a tough one for them and they have been working hard to try to locate her. I think all the teams that are around in the neighbouring areas are doing their best to support (as well).”

Comox Valley Search and Rescue is also supporting the searches. They have seven people participating in the search, including their president Paul Berry, who is acting as the level two search manager for the operation.

“Not a single clue has been located to provide any indication of the whereabouts of Melissa,” Paul Berry told Global News on Saturday.

“We know that Melissa, although an avid hiker, had mobility issues. She also knew she had limited daylight when she set out.”

Berry said 17 search teams and 170 personnel from across B.C. are participating in Saturday’s search.


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