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Nanaimo RCMP continue search for missing woman in hiking group (UPDATED)



At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 30th, Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) located the missing adult woman who has been missing for a couple of days.

After several hours of ground search, the woman was found near the intersection of South Forks Road and Nanaimo River Road. Police said she was very cold and was treated at the scene by BCEHS for exposure before being transported to Nanaimo Hospital for a medical assessment.

“Nanaimo RCMP would like to thank everyone involved with NSAR for providing such excellent service to our community and beyond. Their dedication, tenacity, and professionalism were instrumental in bringing this incident to a successful resolution,” said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


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One of the two missing adults has been located, yet the search persists in the Nanaimo Lakes area for a missing Indigenous woman.

On Wednesday, November 29th, RCMP released a statement stating that four adults went on a day excursion to the area the day before, but only two of them returned.

Consequently, two adults and the truck used by the group were deemed missing.

However, the latest update as of Thursday morning, reveals that only one of the missing persons, 21-year-old Katrina Demore, remains unaccounted for as efforts to locate her continue.

Following reports, investigators said they located 32-year-old Owen Donahue and a black Dodge pick-up they were looking for. Nanaimo RCMP said officers have been assigned to follow up with Donahue to confirm his safety and gather any information that could aid in locating Demore.

Nanaimo RCMP said officers, along with Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) have been continuing their search in the area for Demore with the aid of a rescue helicopter.

The initial description of  Demore described her as an Indigenous woman, standing at 5′ 4″ tall, weighing 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a grey hoodie with pink letters and black sweatpants.

Nanaimo RCMP says the photo released of Demore is from about a year ago and has since dyed her hair purple.

Anyone with information on Demore’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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