Abigail Andrews hasn’t been seen or heard from since April 7, 2010. At 6:00pm that evening, she was last seen leaving her basement apartment on 99th Avenue in Fort St. John, British Columbia. While leaving the residence, she told her neighbour, who also happened to be her landlord’s father-in-law, that she was going to visit a male friend who lived on 98th Avenue.
At 7:00pm, she called her mother, Debbie Andrews, to relay the same information. Before hanging up, Debbie asked her daughter to text her or give her a call once she arrived home, which Abigail agreed to do. According to reports, she was last seen walking down 94th Avenue, toward 98th Avenue.
Abigail never again got in contact with her mother that night. After two days without any calls or texts, which is said to be out-of-character for the 28-year-old, her parents filed a missing persons report. The date was April 9, 2010.
When the search for Abigail began, it was conducted by the Fort St. John RCMP and its General Duty Section. When they interviewed the family, it was learnt that Abigail was three months pregnant, which was cause for alarm, as both she and her unborn child were potentially at risk if not located. According to her family, she was excited to be a first-time mother and had been stockpiling supplies, including diapers and food. Two days before her disappearance, she had gone shopping with her parents to purchase more items in preparation for the birth.
When it was first announced that Abigail was missing, both local and national media broadcast the story. However, as time went on and little evidence was uncovered, coverage of the case began to wane.
A few days after Abigail was reported missing, the RCMP, aided by North Peace Search and Rescue, the BC Coroners Service and a forensic anthropologist, searched the North Peace landfill, located just outside Fort St. John. On April 20, 2010, it was announced that the search had been completed. However, investigators wouldn’t share what led to the search or if anything of value was discovered.
Police checked her bank account to see if there had been any activity on her bankcard after she disappeared. It was found that the card hadn’t been used since around the time she went missing and there were no unusual purchases on it to indicate anything suspicious.
At the beginning of the investigation, there were many rumours circulating around Fort St. John in regards to what could have possibly happened to Abigail. One specific rumour speculated that Abigail liked to party and was part of the wrong crowd, which her cousin, Delilah Andrews, disputes. There were also rumours regarding cryptic texts sent to the family shortly after her disappearance, something they aren’t allowed to comment on due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. These rumours have upset the family, as they feel the public isn’t taking the disappearance as seriously as they would like.
In June 2010, a group of Abigail’s friends and family organized a search for her. They hadn’t previously been allowed to do so, as the RCMP worried any unauthorized searches could interfere with the investigation. On the advice of a psychic, they searched around her apartment, as well as an area outside Fort St. John, but were unable to uncover anything.
That same month, two billboards were erected along the Alaska Highway in Hope, British Columbia in the hopes someone driving along the highway could have seen something related to the case. They were arranged by Abigail’s aunt, Beth Cobbett, and featured two large photos of Abigail, her physical description and phone numbers the public could call if they had any information or tips. They stayed up for one year, and the $4,700 needed was raised through donations by the family and local businesses.
Some sources say she was single at the time she went missing. However, locals share she was in fact dating someone. The man, who has never been publicly identified, is said to have been from out of town.