Death-Obituary Jacqueline McDermott Death, Body Of Missing Ontario Woman, Found In B.C.

Death-Obituary Jacqueline McDermott Death, Body Of Missing Ontario Woman, Found In B.C.

A 22-year-old Ontario woman who had been reported missing in British Columbia has been found dead. Jaqui McDermott, a resident of the Kitchener-Waterloo region, went missing on October 1. After taking part in a meditation retreat in Nicola Valley, British Columbia, which is situated in the province’s southern interior, police claimed she was last seen close to her van.

On Highway 97C between Merritt and Logan Lake, McDermott’s broken-down car was discovered along with the keys and her possessions, but she was nowhere to be seen. Over the past week, a number of thorough searches were conducted in the densely forested mountain region. McDermott’s parents had come to British Columbia to help out. The body of the young woman was discovered on Saturday, according to the RCMP, who verified this to CTV News. In a message issued on Sunday, family friend Kathy Kitsemetry expressed the family’s gratitude for the “outpouring of support” received throughout the hunt for Jaqui.

“We are devastated to report that her body was found yesterday after exhaustive searches by the B.C. Search and rescue teams. Our hearts are forever shattered,” the statement, in which the family asks for privacy, read.

“Please keep her in your hearts.”

Hours later, McDermott’s mother, Nathalie St. Maurice, shared a poem along with a hand drawing by her daughter on Facebook. British Columbia’s Coroners Service has been notified and has launched an investigation into the death. Foul play is not expected, the RCMP said.

Death-Obituary Jacqueline McDermott Death, Body Of Missing Ontario Woman, Found In B.C.