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UPDATE: Missing Enderby woman found dead

Barbara Derenowski has dementia and was last seen March 2, 2015.
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March 05, 2015 - 9:42 AM

UPDATE: 9:39 A.M. MAR. 5

A missing senior with dementia was found dead Wednesday afternoon.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says people fishing in the Salmon Lake area found Barbara Derenowski, missing since Monday afternoon, and reported it to the Merritt RCMP detachment.

“Early indications appear that Barbara got her truck stuck in snow on a road that is not used during the winter. It appears she got out and walked and likely succumbed to the weather conditions,” Molendyk says.

The death is under investigation by the B.C. Coroners Service and Merritt RCMP.



ENDERBY - Help is needed in locating a 73-year-old Enderby woman with dementia who has not been seen since Monday afternoon.

Barbara Nell Derenowski's care worker saw her March 2 at roughly 2:30 p.m. at Derenowski's home at 118 Salmon Arm Dr. in Enderby, but nobody has seen her since, according to an RCMP media release. Her blue 1998 Ford extended cab pickup truck with B.C. licence plate FF-5598 is also gone, though she doesn't have a valid driver's licence.

Derenowski is described as 5'9" tall with a medium build. Her dyed red hair is long, reaching the middle of her back, and is normally worn in a braid.

It's possible Derenowski has taken her cat Pinky with her to visit friends in the Oyama-Winfield area, but the exact address is unknown and she doesn't carry a cell phone. Derenowski has a ranching background and has also been talking about purchasing a ranch or a farm.

Her family is worried she may not remember where she lives, or any contact information, but believe she might remember she lives in Enderby.

Though Derenowski's vehicle is similar to the one in the photo, it may be a different shade of blue.

Derenowski's vehicle is a 1998 Ford extended cab, B.C. licence plate FF-5598.
Derenowski's vehicle is a 1998 Ford extended cab, B.C. licence plate FF-5598.
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To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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