Search and Rescue teams from all over the region have joined in the search for Neva Evdokimoff.

Search and rescue teams call off search for missing woman

Search and rescue teams from across the region called off their search for Neva Evdokimoff, former Castlegar resident.

Efforts by search and rescue teams to locate a missing former Castlegar resident were called off on Saturday evening.

Neva Evdokimoff, 48, was reported missing by her family on Wednesday, May 25. RCMP and search and rescue teams immediately began a search for her, which intensified on Saturday when teams from across the region were called in to help locate her.

Rossland Search and Rescue (RSAR) led the search, with teams from South Columbia, Castlegar and Grand Forks joining in the initial effort. On Saturday, teams from Arrow Lakes, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley and Nelson joined Rossland, South Columbia and Castlegar to conduct a thorough search of Gyro Park, surrounding trails and urban areas, and the Columbia River. The river was searched from Genelle to Roosevelt Lake in Washington.

A number of abandoned clothing items were found during the search, but none ended up belonging to Evdokimoff. An open gate was also thought to be a possible clue.

“We found a gate open when we did the urban search of Sunningdale and one sent of prints going out it,” explained Dave Braithwaite, RSAR search manager. “We put trackers on it, they followed it and it didn’t lead to anything.”

Following the day’s search, search and rescue teams were called off, though RCMP continue to search the river.

Search and rescue teams had originally thought that they might call off the search following Friday’s efforts, which included a search of the same areas and a search by helicopter, but were asked by the RCMP to make one final sweep.

Evdokimoff grew up in Castlegar, but know lives in Kelowna. She was visiting her family in Shore Acres and left to drive home on the morning of Tuesday, May 24, but never made it. Her family was unable to reach her by cell phone and reported her missing the following day.

Cell phone activity indicated Evdokimoff had been in the Trail area and the RCMP located her vehicle in the Gyro Park parking lot. Video from a camera on the washroom building showed her parking her vehicle at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, three hours after she left her family.

“They caught her leaving [on camera]. She’d been four or five times back to her car and she left with a pack on,” said Braithwaite.

He also confirmed that a witness likely saw Evdokimoff in her car the morning of her disappearance. “A witness came forward saying that they saw wet footprints on the trail between Sunningdale and here at Gyro, and they’d come up the stairs and walked this way, [toward the parking lot,] and when they got here they saw the wet tracks and someone sitting in the car,” said Braithwaite. Officials believe the witness spotted her before she left her car for the final time.

She was last seen headed toward the beach area at Gyro Park wearing black sweat pants, black hoodie with white stripes and a ball cap. She is a Caucasian female, 5’4”, 120 lbs with long blond hair.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen her or her vehicle to contact them immediately as any small clue will aid in the search. You can call the Trail RCMP at 250-364-2566.

 

Just Posted

Castlegar Mayor, area residents react to referendum defeat

Chernoff says proponents did “all they could” to push for project’s approval

Area I rejects recreation complex expansion proposal: referendum defeated

Enhancement plan wins overall vote, but was lost in one polling station

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Head of ‘Yes’ campaign says RDCK money used properly in referendum

Elections BC has no problems with third parties doing educational and promotional work in a campaign

Work begins on final phase of skatepark

Volunteers needed to help plant shrubs and trees on Saturday and Sunday

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

Most Read