Cadaver dogs search for missing teen

By Marcus Hondro - Bowen Island Undercurrent

Published: August 20, 2009 3:00 PM
Updated: August 20, 2009 4:18 PM

The Undercurrent has learned that cadaver-trained dogs from Washington State were used during an Aug. 8 search on Bowen for missing teen Jodi Henrickson.

On Wednesday the head of the Bowen RCMP detachment, Cpl. Don Southern, said that the animals did not find any clues and added that search teams have not been back to the island since.

“It’s still the same,” Southern said. “And all we can do is to continue to do our due diligence and hope for the best result.”

Cpl. Dave Ritchie of the Squamish RCMP said on Thursday that they plan to do more searching with the dogs, but that they don’t have a date for that as yet.

Ritchie noted that this is hard for the family of Jodi Henrickson but that they are working to stay positive.

For them, Ritchie said, they just want “to hear two footsteps at their door one day” and have the ordeal be over and their loved one back home.

He said the case, if looked upon as a puzzle, might just be lacking one piece to complete it, and again urged the public to call with anything they might have seen or heard.

Henrickson was last seen on Bowen after attending parties here on a night in late June. She has been missing for just over two months.

According to the RCMP, the Aug. 1 press conference on Bowen with Henrickson’s distraught but hopeful parents lead to new leads that convinced them that the Aug. 8 searches might prove fruitful.

However, they have not said what the tips were, nor will they say where they came from.

Neither are they revealing the area of the island searched that day, but Southern suggested they had gone back over areas already searched back in the early days of July.

Anyone who may have information on the case could submit it anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- TIPS.

People can also call the Bowen detachment or the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100.

“Some people might think that their information is not significant,” said Const. Simon Campbell of the Bowen detachment. “But call and let the RCMP judge it and follow up and see what comes of it. Even a small piece of information might be helpful.

“Someone might have seen or heard something that might help crack the case.”

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