Police, community search for missing Penelakut woman

Friends and family are frantically searching for an 18-year-old Penelakut Island woman who has gone missing.

Friends and family are frantically searching for an 18-year-old Penelakut Island woman who has gone missing.

Delores (Deedee) Brown was last seen on Monday, July 27, and Ladysmith RCMP are asking for the public’s help to find her.

Brown lives on Penelakut Island, and was seen leaving the Island to go to visit her grandmother, who lives in Chemainus.

Due to health reasons, Brown’s grandmother is unable to confirm if she arrived for her planned visit.

Police, who were contacted on Wednesday, said that Brown has never gone missing before.

“This is very out of character for Miss Brown, who has left behind her phone,” said Cpl Rick Frase of the Ladysmith RCMP. “Her family is very worried.”

Community members have joined the family in an active search for Brown. They have knocked on doors and searched the shoreline without results. Police have also joined the search and are talking with Cowichan Valley Search and Rescue to see if they can also assist.

Brown is described as a First Nations woman, approximately 168 cm (5 foot six inches) tall and about 58 kg (120 pounds). She was last seen wearing blue sweatpants and a black and white t-shirt.

If you have seen Brown, or have any idea where she might be, contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or the band office on Penelakut Island at 250-246-2321.