VicPD handed over the investigation of a missing 38-year-old woman to Sooke RCMP which began on Saturday.
On Saturday, December 10th, Melissa McDevitt’s vehicle was found in Sooke at the Charters River/Hatchery parking lot on Sooke Road.
Immediately after finding McDevitt’s vehicle, the Juan De Fuca Search and Rescue began a ground search in the surrounding area. Sooke RCMP, RCMP Air Services and Police Dog Services aided in the search.
The search for high-risk missing woman Melissa McDevitt continues today. Our @SookeRCMP partners are leading the search near the potholes w @JdFSAR expert assistance, while we follow up here. If you saw Melissa or her vehicle, call (250) 995-7654 ext 1. #yyj https://t.co/RpSdRCSd51
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) December 11, 2022
According to police, on Sunday, December 11th, CCTV footage of McDevitt entering the trails from the parking lot was found. In the video, McDevitt is wearing a burgundy coloured long sleeved top, blue pants, and carrying what appears to be two hiking poles.
Police say that search efforts are ongoing.
According to police, McDevitt is a 38-year-old Caucasian woman who is described as neuro-divergent and she may initially show signs of cognitive delay.
She is described as standing five feet tall, with a slim build, weighing approximately 105 pounds. McDevitt has alopecia but occasionally wears wigs or has short, dyed, rainbow coloured hair.
Over the weekend her family became increasingly concerned when McDevitt failed to board a scheduled flight out of Vancouver to visit family in North Carolina.
Police ask that anyone who sees McDevitt or who saw McDevitt through the weekend, call Sooke RCMP at (250) 642-5241.