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Crews searching for missing Penticton hiker in south Cariboo

Leah Buckner went for a hike near the Kokanee Bay Resort on Begg Road north of Lac La Hache at around 12 p.m. May 27. She did not return from the hike and at approximately 7:30 a.m. May 28, she was reported missing.
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May 28, 2021 - 1:31 PM

Searchers are looking for a Penticton woman reported missing in the south Cariboo southeast of Williams Lake.

A Penticton woman is reported to be missing by 100 Mile House RCMP, last seen hiking near Kokanee Bay Resort.

Leah Buckner went for a hike near the Kokanee Bay Resort on Begg Road north of Lac La Hache at around 12 p.m. yesterday, May 27, according to an RCMP media release.

She did not return from the hike and at approximately 7:30 a.m. today, May 28, she was reported missing.

Leah Buckner
Leah Buckner
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/RCMP

RCMP describe Buckner as a Caucasian woman, around 100 lbs. and 5'6" tall. She was last seen wearing a light coloured hoodie, possibly pink and white.

She was visiting her boyfriend who works in the area, and while it's normal for her to hike and search for rocks and fossils, she was not prepared to camp overnight, RCMP said.

RCMP said that it's possible she returned to Penticton and that her family is being kept up-to-date with the investigation.

South Cariboo Search and Rescue are searching the area for Buckner, with assistance from a police dog team and conservation officers.

The public is asked to avoid the area around Begg Road and any other routes to Kokanee Pit Road, north of Lac La Hache.

Anyone with information related to her whereabouts can contact their local RCMP, or 100 Mile House RCMP at 250-395-2456, referencing file number 201-1884.


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