Police looking for help in B.C. slaying

“Many people, including friends and family, have come forward and provided information.”

Jessica Patrick (Facebook)

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.”


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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).

Online Journalist / Winnipeg

Award-winning reporter Kathleen Martens covers western and northern Canada for aptnnews.ca. A veteran of the Brandon Sun, Sun Media and APTN Investigates, she is based in APTN’s head office, specializing in stories about property, women’s rights and community.

20 thoughts on “Police looking for help in B.C. slaying

  1. Devastating. Someone needs to be held accountable for taking this beautiful life. Who the hell is it that believes they have the right to end anyone’s life. Please find out what sick person has done this and cage them.

  2. Devastating. Someone needs to be held accountable for taking this beautiful life. Who the hell is it that believes they have the right to end anyone’s life. Please find out what sick person has done this and cage them.

  3. Such sad news..condolences to family and friends….
    Now let’s hope police catch the person who did this…

  4. Such sad news..condolences to family and friends….
    Now let’s hope police catch the person who did this…

  5. Saturday was a memorial for her not a funeral , her funeral will be held on Tuesday Sept 25th at 1 pm in Smithers BC at the St Joseph’s Church !!!

  6. Rest in peace beautiful angel up in heaven watching over us mlr and condolences to everybody no more murdered and missing indigenous woman!!

  7. Saturday was a memorial for her not a funeral , her funeral will be held on Tuesday Sept 25th at 1 pm in Smithers BC at the St Joseph’s Church !!!

  8. Rest in peace beautiful angel up in heaven watching over us mlr and condolences to everybody no more murdered and missing indigenous woman!!

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