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Over a thousand people pay respects at funeral for Madison Scott, a BC woman whose body was discovered 12 years later | CBC news


More than 1,000 residents and community members gathered Saturday night to remember Madison (Maddy) Scott in Vanderhoof, BC

Scott was last seen on May 28, 2011 at a campground on Hogsback Lake, about 15 miles southeast of Vanderhoof in northern BC. She was then 20.

Almost exactly 12 years after her disappearance – and after an extensive search by her family and the entire community – RCMP announced that they had found her body last Monday.

Members of the community performed traditional songs at the vigil in memory of Scott on Saturday, which was held after seeking permission from Scott’s family, who requested privacy following the discovery.

The mayor of Vanderhoof, a community of more than 4,300, spoke at the vigil at Nechako Valley Secondary School, as did a family friend and a search and rescue volunteer.

Scott’s disappearance and the protracted search for her haunted the Vanderhoof community for over a decade. (Wallace Studios)
Missing posters piled on a table.  The design features a sunflower and reads 'Justice for Maddy' and asks anyone with information about the disappearance to contact RCMP.
Missing posters like this were seen in Vanderhoof, a community of more than 4,300 residents about 900km north of Vancouver. (Wallace Studios)
A person carries a sunflower with his hand while standing on grass.
Every year Scott was searched for at Hogsback Lake, a campground and backcountry destination southeast of Vanderhoof. (Wallace Studios)
A young child and an elderly man carry candles at a vigil.
Scott’s disappearance has been reported on multiple true crime podcasts, investigative documentaries on US network television, and by word of mouth. (Wallace Studios)
During a vigil, two people are seen holding hands.  Only their chest and hands are visible.
Among the speakers at the vigil was Julie Hodson, a family friend of the Scotts. (Wallace Studios)
People hold up their traditional drumsticks during an outdoor vigil.
The vigil was held on the field at Nechako Lakes Secondary School in Vanderhoof. (Wallace Studios)
People chat while holding traditional drums during an outdoor vigil.
The wake was organized by the local Nechako North Stars Senior AA Hockey Team after seeking permission from Scott’s family. (Wallace Studios)
Hundreds of people stand in an outfield at a vigil.
Scott was known as a passionate hockey player and hundreds of people fondly remembered her at the wake. (Wallace Studios)
A child carries a candle in a plastic cup at a vigil.
Scott’s family has requested privacy as they process information that her body has been found, while RCMP continues to follow up on leads in the case. (Wallace Studios)
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