June 08, 2016 - 4:30 PM
VERNON - The North Okanagan is being called upon to keep looking for Caitlin Potts after a ground search yesterday failed to find her.
The 27-year-old First Nations mother has been missing for more than three months and police believe she may have met with foul play and won’t be found alive.
Search teams scoured the Enderby area yesterday, including major roads and the Shuswap River, but Esk’etemc Chief Charlene Belleau, who helped organize the search, says Potts was not found.
“Any evidence was turned over to the police,” she says of the search effort.
There are no more organized ground searches in the works, but Belleau is asking community members in the Enderby and surrounding area to keep up the search effort.
“I would hope they would mobilize themselves to be on the lookout, but also to provide any information to the RCMP that may be helpful in this case,” Belleau says. “Someone must know something.”
Caitlin had reportedly been living in the Enderby area for about a year, but told friends and family she was on her way to Calgary around the time she disappeared.
First Nations leaders called upon the RCMP and the federal government to do more about missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada at a press conference yesterday.
Chief Belleau expects more community-driven efforts will be happening to help bring missing and murdered women home.
“I think we have to mobilize whenever this happens,” she says.
Potts is described as approximately 5'3", 150 lbs., with brown eyes and long black hair with blonde streaks. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477.
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