Twenty years since 20-year-old disappeared

KAMLOOPS - Jackie White travels by Parkcrest Avenue every day. Today, she'll stop near Nicolani Drive for a visit, and to leave flowers — same as all the other years since her daughter went missing there 20 years ago today.

While today marks the 20-year anniversary of Sherri McLaughlin's disappearance from North Kamloops, it also marks 20 years that her family has been left in the dark.

Sherri's mother is left with the devastation that comes with 20 years of wondering what happened to her child. Where did she end up? And perhaps the most difficult, who is responsible?

White pleaded with the public last week for information that could bring her family closure after two decades.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush said no new evidence has come to light despite media exposure.

McLaughlin's backpack and damaged bicycle were found on Parkcrest Avenue on Sept. 19, 1993. She was biking to an ex-boyfriends house around 3 a.m., but never arrived. Daniel Robert Dow, a convicted dangerous offender in jail indefinitely, is suspected of being responsible for McLaughlin's disappearance, however he never admitted to it and has not co-operated with police.

Police don't close cases like this and are working to rehash old evidence with new technology. They're also still hopeful new information will come to light.

A sign remains where White stops in memory of her daughter. It continues to remind those passing by to report tips. Police say any piece of information, however seemingly minute, will be pursued in order to bring the case — and family — to rest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-828-3000 or anonymously to 1-800-222-8477.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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