A 38-year-old woman remains missing after her she failed to board a scheduled flight out of Vancouver Friday to visit family in North Carolina.
A large ground and air search by Sooke RCMP and Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue has yet to locate Melissa McDevitt after her car was discovered in the Sooke Potholes on Saturday.
VicPD issued a media released Saturday afternoon after her family had significant concerns for her well-being and reported her missing.
McDevitt last spoke to her family on Thursday, December 8th, then missed her flight on, which her family says is extremely out of the ordinary for her.
A search was launched in the Sooke Potholes area after McDevit’s grey 2015 Subaru Forester with a North Carolina plate was found in the vicinity.
According to police, McDevitt enjoys hiking near the Sooke Potholes and the neighbouring trails like John Stick Peak, Malcolm, The Donald, Mike Hill, the Three Amigos, and Tony’s Triumph.
She is described as being 5’ tall, weighing about 105 pounds, has a very small build, and has alopecia. She might be wearing a wig or have short rainbow-coloured hair. McDevitt is also neuro-divergent.
Crews from VicPD, Sooke RCMP, Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue, local, provincial and international agencies are helping to search for her.
“The circumstances under which she has gone missing are considered very high-risk,” VicPD said in a news release.
“Investigators are asking anyone who saw Melissa or her vehicle from Thursday, December 8, 2022 to today, to come forward.”
Anyone who finds McDevitt is asked to stay with her and call 911 immediately.
If you think you might have seen her or the vehicle in the last few days or if you know where she may be, call VicPD at (250) 995-7654.