A woman who was found dead in British Columbia this week had contacted APTN News earlier in July about documenting her hitchhiking adventures.
The body of 27-year-old Brittany Martel was discovered by a motorist on Hwy 5 south of Merritt, B.C., 127 kilometres west of Kelowna.
Her family confirmed the woman’s identity.
Martel had disappeared before.
In mid-June, she was last seen in West Kelowna, B.C.
Family and friends were concerned for Martel’s health and well-being and her cell phone was no longer working.
A missing persons report was filed and posted by RCMP which stated that Martel was planning to hitchhike to the N.W.T. and said she may be travelling with a male friend.
On July 3 she arrived back home safely in Hay River, NWT.
Because Martel travelled often in B.C., APTN reached out to her on Facebook on July 9 to talk about the cancellation of the Greyhound bus routes in Western Canada.
She, in turn, contacted APTN and left a voicemail on July 11 saying she wanted to talk about her experiences on the road.
“Hi, this is Brittany Martel calling. I just got your message on Facebook, on messenger and I am interested in, if you are interested in my story of how I went hitchhiking,” said Martel’s message on the APTN’s voicemail.
“It is very long, I would tell you day by day what I went through. Yeah, I am interested in telling you what I said.”
Listen to the voicemail here:
She left Hay River sometime after this.
Martel’s body was discovered July 23 near the Mine Cree Rd according to the police.
According to media reports, police weren’t clear on how long Martel had been there.
“It’s sort of a catch-22. There is nothing right now to point to it being suspicious but at the same time given where she was found and the circumstances in which she was found and that it does make it suspicious until we rule out a cause of death,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Lorne Wood told the Merrit Herald.
Martel was loved by many.
Her Facebook timeline was flooded as news reached her home community.
Her cousin Jessica Martel wrote on Facebook, “No mother should ever bury her child💔😭 Im so sorry aunty ❤ I don’t wanna let you go bree you were something very special to me and I thought we still had a lot of memories to make”…”Gonna miss you so much big cuz .”
APTN reached out to her friends who did not wish to comment until the family had prepared a statement.