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Parents of two missing women return to Shuswap, North Okanagan to keep searching

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The families of two missing woman are again in the Okanagan searching for their daughters.

Jane and Dennis Aubert, parents of missing Shuswap woman Nicole Bell, along with Cindy Simpson the mother of Ashley Simpson who went missing near Enderby April 2016, have arrived in the region to search for their daughters over the weekend.

Jane Aubert said together with help from volunteers, and the Missing and Murdered Woman Drone Search Team, they will be searching different areas around the Salmon Arm area.

Aubert said since Nicole went missing on Sept. 2, 2017 she has had a phone call every two weeks from the RCMP, but each call ends in the same way, with no news about her daughter.

"I'd like to know where things are going and how it's progressing, but I understand they can't share the information," said Aubert.

As no new information has been released, Aubert is determined to keep the case of her missing daughter, and three other women who have also disappeared in the North Okanagan and Shuswap area in the public eye.

"It's just not about one person it's about all of us," she said. "It's not just Nicole, we search for Ashley Simpson, Dianne Werta and Katlin Potts."

Bell is one of five women to have disappeared from the North Okanagan and Shuswap in the last two years. The others are Ashley Simpson, Caitlin Potts, Deanna Wertz, and Traci Genereaux.

The remains of a Genereaux's body were found on a Silver Creek farm last fall. Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, who lived at the farm, is currently in custody facing several charges involving violence against women.

Aubert says she can't stop thinking about her daughter and since Nicole disappeared life has become an emotional rollercoaster.

"My emotions are always all over the place, some days are good days, some days are bad days, some days I just want to get angry and scream at people because we're just not paying attention," she said.

Aubert is determined to keep the public aware of her missing daughter and the other woman.

"There's an issue... there's a lot of people go missing in B.C." she said.

Aubert said her daughter's husband is currently bringing up the couple's three children alone and she wished there was more support for the families of those with missing loved one.

"She's got to be found, and my grandchildren need to have answers, her husband needs to find out."

Anyone wanting to get involved with this weekend's search can find more information here.

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