The search for a missing Prince George woman that was centred in the area around Ashcroft, after the woman’s car and dog were found in the Venables Valley area south of town early last week, has been called off.
About 50 search and rescue members from across the province were looking for Jenny Lynn Larocque, 61, who was last seen in Williams Lake on September 27.
She was believed to be travelling south to visit relatives in Hope or Chilliwack. Laroque was reported missing on October 3.
On October 15, Prince George RCMP were notified that Larocque’s Great Dane/Brindle Mastiff dog had been located in the Venables Valley area. The dog had suffered minor injuries, but otherwise was in good health.
On Monday, October 16 an RCMP Air Services helicopter and a Police Dog Service Team attended the area and began a search with the assistance of Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSAR).
Larocque’s vehicle, a dark blue 2014 Jeep Compass, was located later that day, stuck on a rural road, but Larocque was not located.
KSAR, as well as other search and rescue teams from the region, continued the search for the missing woman through the weekend of October 21.
Alan Hobler, manager of KSAR, says that they put the call out to every search and rescue team in the area. He explains that they could not use non-trained volunteers in the search because of the challenging terrain and hard-to-access areas in the region being searched.
RCMP Sgt. Kathleen Thain says that posters with a photograph and description of Larocque will be circulated, so that those out in the back country can keep an eye open for her.
Larocque is described as a Caucasian female, 5’3”, about 99 lbs., with green eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information about Larocque or where she might be is asked to contact the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216, Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.