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Family still searches for missing daughter one year later

Caitlyn Avril Murray has been missing since Sept. 30, 2013
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KAMLOOPS –  Caitlyn Avril Murray's family members have been searching for her with the aid of friends and community members since she disappeared near Quesnel's Fraser Bridge Inn on Sept. 30, 2013. 

Reeling from a breakup with her boyfriend, Caitlyn parked her vehicle near the bridge over the Fraser River and was last seen after midnight. In a post for the Facebook group Please Help Find Caitlyn Avril Murray, Caitlyn's mother Carmen said her daughter, despite her warnings, liked to go to the bridge to think.   

“We are still networking and searching for our beloved daughter,” Caitlyn's mother Carmen said in an emotional post. “Words cannot express the urgency we feel to find her... to me, my baby girl isn't dead until I find her body.”

The missing person case has shaken the small northern community. On the anniversary of Caitlyn's disappearance, friends and family of the woman held a candlelight vigil to remember the girl and keep hope alive that Caitlyn is safe. To support Caitlyn's family, the City of Quesnel approved a display of purple lights on the bridge where she was last seen. The colour is Caitlyn's favourite. 

The vigil was one of many supportive messages for the Murray family. A number of people have reached out to Carmen to tell her they are thinking of Caitlyn, tell a story about her or volunteer in the search for her. Over 1,000 people have joined the online group where the support extends beyond a simple post. A former classmate found an old video of Caitlyn and offered to make a copy of it for the family. Another poster said she would wear a ribbon to honour Caitlyn during a marathon. 

Amid the posts, Carmen remains active and writes thank you's for all the thoughts and love on the page's wall, posts updates and shares messages hoping to reach her daughter.

“Caitlyn, though I try to put on a brave face and try to preoccupy my mind to suppress the pain and the emptiness I feel since you’ve been gone,” she said. “Not a moment goes by I don’t think of you, pray for you, look for you and cling to that one per cent you will come back to me unharmed.”

Caitlyn is 22-years-old, Caucasian, five feet tall, 120 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. When she was last seen, she was wearing black Lululemon pants, a blue shirt and a hoodie. Before moving to Quesnel, Caitlyn, her father Chris and Carmen lived in Kamloops.

Anyone with information regarding Caitlyn’s disappearance is asked to contact the Quesnel RCMP at 250-992-9211. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at or call 250-319-7494. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724

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