(Josie Van Der Elst / RCMP)

RCMP are seeking the assistance of the public to locate a 40-year-old woman from the Comox Valley who was reported missing on April 27th.

Josie Van Der Elst was last seen on April 18th, in the Union Bay area.

Cst. Monika Terragni, Media Relations Officer of the Comox Valley RCMP, expressed concern about Van Der Elst disappearance, saying that it is unusual for her to go this long without contacting friends or family.

Terragni added that Josie has connections in Victoria and may have headed in that direction if she is no longer in the Comox Valley.

Van Der Elst was wearing a red backpack and using a bicycle for transportation. She is approximately 5’6 tall, 120 pounds, with green eyes and long dark wavy hair.

Police are urging anyone who has seen Josie Van Der Elst or knows her whereabouts to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at (250) 338-1321.

Or contact Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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