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Update: Police and SAR searching for missing woman near Smithers…

As of October 24, Frances remains missing. Police and Search and Rescue have exhausted all efforts to locate Frances. The search has now been called off. 

SMITHERS, BC: Police alongside with Search and Rescue are currently looking for a missing woman last seen in the Kitseguecla Rd area near Smithers on Saturday night… 

Police say Frances BROWN, 53, became separated from her companion when they were mushroom picking and did not return to their vehicle. The companion searched for BROWN for some time before notifying the police. 

Smithers RCMP members responded and remained in the area with lights and sirens periodically activated in the hope Mrs. BROWN would hear the noise and see the light.

BROWN has some backcountry experience, was prepared with adequate clothing (rain gear, long johns, hiking boots) and has a lighter. BROWN is deaf in one ear. The area BROWN was last seen in had light to moderate rain overnight with mild temperatures.


Missing is Frances BROWN, 53.

BROWN is described as:

  • First Nations 
  • 5’ 8” tall
  • 119 pounds
  • Long brown / grey hair & brown eyes

On Sunday morning, Bulkley Valley Search & Rescue commenced a ground and air search with help using a helicopter. Terrace RCMP Police Dog Section as well as Smithers RCMP members also searched the area.

RCMP and Search and Rescue, both air and ground, failed to locate BROWN. Evidence of a recent campfire was located.

The search resumed early Monday morning and at this time no new information has been received. 

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