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Smithers RCMP end search for Frances Brown in the backcountry near Moricetown

The Smithers RCMP have finished the search for 53-year-old Frances Brown in the Kitseguecla Lake Rd. area near Moricetown.

Police say they wrapped up the search today at nightfall after spending a week looking for Brown in the backcountry.

Brown, from New Hazelton, went missing last Saturday evening after not returning to the vehicle while mushroom picking with a cousin.

The search has been called one of the largest in northern BC in the last decade. 21 different search and rescue teams from across the province assisted including a helicopter, dog handler and trackers.

Search and rescue crews were hopeful throughout the week that Brown is alive. She’s reported to be well equipped for the outdoors with rain gear and a lighter.

Seach crews also located two fires throughout the week. One of the fires showed a sign of direction, according to Chris Mushumanski with Search and Rescue.

Brown is described as Aboriginal, 5 foot 8 inches tall, 119 pounds with long brown/grey hair and brown eyes and is deaf in one ear.

The RCMP assisted with Air 3 (Prince George based helicopter), Terrace Detachment Dog Section member, a Smithers Detachment member on site daily and a Victim Services Manager to offer support during the final search days.

The RCMP thank the Search & Rescue volunteers, convergent volunteers including the Canadian Rangers, and the Salvation Army for providing meals at the Command Site.

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