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RCMP continue search for missing Parksville mother despite five years with no new evidence


Oceanside RCMP are continuing their search for a missing Parksville mother who was last seen five years ago, but have no new evidence to lean on in their search.

On November 15th, 2017, Carmel Gilmour, 36, was reported missing by her boyfriend who had last seen her the night before between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Little Mountain in Parksville.

Prior to that, Gilmour was seen on November 14th at a Liquor Depot in the 100-block of Alberni Highway. Those who saw her there reported to police that she seemed to be “acting confused and paranoid.”

Police located her vehicle seven days later on November 21st, along the waterfront on Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach. The vehicle had reportedly been parked in that location since November 15th, according to police. It was only flagged as suspicious because it had not moved in six days. 

Police say they searched the van and found no signs of struggle or violence within the van. In their observations they determined that Gilmour had been living in the vehicle. They did not find keys, a cell phone or a wallet in the vehicle in their search.

According to police, officers canvassed the area and retrieved all video surveillance footage they could find, but none of it showed Gilmour or her van entering or leaving the area. 

In their efforts to understand her disappearance and do their due diligence, police inquired with government private agencies regarding Gilmour which did not result in any new information. 

Since her disappearance in 2017, Gilmour has not had any contact with her family, friends or acquaintances, she hasn’t been active on social media and she hasn’t had any interactions with police in Canada. 

Little Mountain, the area in which Gilmour was last seen, has been thoroughly canvassed and searched without any evidence as to her whereabouts being revealed.

Police say that their investigation has determined that her boyfriend in 2017 was not responsible for her disappearance–they believe that he has no knowledge as to where she may have gone. 

At the time of her disappearance, Gilmour was described as a Caucasian woman, standing 5’ 6” tall, weighing roughly 150 pounds. She has brown hair, hazel eyes, and medium build. 

She would now be 41-years-old, and police say she left behind children that she loved and it is completely out of character for her to leave them.


36-year-old Parksville mother still missing one year later

“The Oceanside RCMP do not know the whereabouts of Carmel Gilmour and are hoping someone in the community has information about her disappearance and are asking for assistance in locating her,” said Sgt. Shane Worth of Oceanside RCMP.

Police ask that anyone who has any information about Carmel Gilmour’s disappearance, contact Oceanside RCMP at (250) 248-6111.

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