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Missing are not forgotten

They are missing, but certainly not forgotten.

Four women remain missing from the North Okanagan area, and today a banner will be placed on a bridge on Haywood Road near Salmon River Road in Silver Creek at 5:30 p.m. to keep their disappearance in the public eye.

Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz, Caitlin Potts and Nicole Bell all disappeared within the last 20 months from the Enderby-Sicamous area.

Traci Genereaux, whose remains were found at a farm near Silver Creek, was last seen alive on May 29.

There have been no charges in her death that police are calling suspicious.

Genereaux was last heard from in Vernon and RCMP are asking people with information about her activities leading up May 29 to contact them at 1-877-987-8477.

The banner on the bridge will read “No more stolen sisters.”

Bell’s parents and Simpson’s cousin will be in attendance to represent their loved ones.

Following the banner drop, a caravan of activists, concerned community members and friends will travel from the bridge to the area where Bell’s phone was located and where she was last seen.

The group will then hand out posters to public in hopes of gathering information for the RCMP on Bell’s disappearance.

Organizer Meghan Louis said the banner drop is in honour of Simpson's 34th birthday Wednesday.

“Her family did a balloon release in Ontario,” said Louis. “So we decided to do something for Ashley Simpson's birthday. This was another birthday without her and they miss her terribly.”

Louis said they will also be asking people in the Yankee Flats, Enderby and Sicamous area for permission to search their property in hopes of finding any trace of the missing women.

A celebration of life will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Vernon’s Upper Room Mission to remember Genereaux.

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