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Kamloops Search and Rescue was out this weekend probing an area it had previously examined in search for missing Shannon White

KSAR search again for White

At the request of RCMP, Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSAR) retraced its steps this past weekend in the case of Shannon White, the Kamloops woman who has been missing since Nov. 1.

Police had KSAR return to search an area it had previously examined, which 14 members, including some from Barriere, Wells Gray and Logan Lake search and rescue teams, conducted on Saturday, Nov. 27, over a nine-hour period.

“Just to make sure we covered it off well,” said Alan Hobler, Kamloops Search and Rescue manager.

He said no other searches for White are planned at the moment, but added KSAR will again return if requested to do so by the RCMP.

Hobler said he could not comment on why police tasked KSAR with searching the area this past weekend, nor could he specify the location or confirm what, if anything, came of the search as it is an open RCMP file.

“It’s up to the RCMP to release that information,” Hobler said.

Kamloops RCMP had KSAR searching for White in areas north and west of the city for nearly two weeks earlier this month before factors such as snowfall, fatigue and an extensive examination of the areas led to the KSAR’s efforts being called off.

At that time, KSAR and the RCMP were searching the wilderness west of Kamloops off Highway 1 and north of the city off Highway 5, including in Heffley Creek, for White.

White, 32, went missing on the morning of Nov. 1 when she left in her Jeep from her Bestwick Court home in Lower Sahali. Her destination was her job at Kamloops Hyundai on Notre Dame Drive in the Southgate area, a two-kilometre distance.

She hasn’t been seen our heard from since, but her black 1997 Jeep TJ was found abandoned the next afternoon, Nov. 2, downtown in the 200-block of Nicola Street.

Kamloops RCMP has since revealed they had sightings of White’s vehicle the day she went missing. It was spotted shortly after she was supposed to have arrived at work at 8:30 a.m., instead leaving Kamloops on Highway 1 for a 45-minute period. It was spotted again at about 5:30 p.m. driving north past Rayleigh on Highway 5 before returning south at about 6:15 p.m.

White’s landlords, Quinn and Matt Hatch, have said the morning White went missing was like any other.

Quinn said she was sitting in her vehicle, waiting for the windows to fully defrost, when she believes she saw White, dressed for work, walking up the driveway toward her Jeep.

Quinn drove away first, noting she didn’t see White enter her vehicle, nor did she she see anyone with her at the time.

Minutes later, Matt, from inside the house, saw the Jeep TJ driving out of the cul-de-sac street and turn left in its usual direction toward White’s work, though he said he did not see White enter the vehicle, nor did he see who was driving it.

Police have also searched the travel trailer of White’s ex-boyfriend as it sat in the Silver Sage Trailer Court off Highway 5, across from Sun Rivers. Her friends have said the two had a tumultuous relationship and breakup about a year ago.

Kamloops RCMP have yet to charge anyone in connection to the disappearance and will not say if anyone has been arrested.

Kamloops RCMP’s serious crimes unit is investigating the disappearance and Hobler has said the case is a possible homicide investigation.

White stands 5-foot-5 and weighs 180 pounds. She is white and has blond hair, green eyes and fair skin. White sometimes wears glasses, has a Medusa lip piercing and a tongue piercing and several large arm tattoos, including a portrait of her dog, Buddy.

Her Jeep is a black 1997 TJ model with the B.C. licence plate KA0 22N. It has a turquoise palm print decal on the driver’s side mirror and a turquoise ‘Wander Lust’ decal on the passenger side of the hood. with a circular pattern between the two words.



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