Editor’s Note: The funeral is scheduled for Tues., Sept 25 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Smithers, B.C. Incorrect information appeared below and has been corrected.
RCMP in Smithers, B.C. are seeking tips from the public on the killing of Jessica Patrick.
Police confirmed Friday her body was found Sept. 15 on Hudson Bay Mountain Road outside the northern logging community.
A memorial for the 18-year-old member of Lake Babine First Nation was being held Saturday.
Police said they are working with the B.C. Coroners Service to determine how she died.
“Many people, including friends and family, have come forward and provided information to help the RCMP with the investigation,” Sgt. Darren Durnin said in a release Friday.
“Others have come forward knowing it was the right thing to do for Jessica, her family, and the community. Thank-you to all those people who care about Jessica, and want to do the right thing.”
Police had been looking for Patrick after her family reported her missing Sept. 3.
They said she was seen leaving the Mountain View Motel in Smithers early on the morning of Aug. 31.
Local RCMP said their search efforts were bolstered by members of the Major Crime Unit, who have since taken over the investigation.
“The missing person investigation transitioned to a criminal investigation,” Durnin said in the release.
“The investigative team has obtained numerous court orders in an effort to secure all relevant evidence.”
Durnin said a group of community searchers discovered the body about 15 metres down a steep bank.
“Those people quickly called the RCMP and protected the scene. Their efforts and actions are commendable,” he added.
Anyone with information can reach Smithers RCMP at 1-250-847-3233 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).