Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On October 14, 1971, teenager Virginia Sampare and her cousin Alvin were hanging out near an old bridge on Highway 16, outside their home town of Gitsegukla. Alvin hopped on his bicycle to go home and get a jacket. He told Virginia he'd return shortly. On his way back, as he cycled toward the highway, he heard a pickup door close; by the time he reached the road, Virginia was nowhere in sight. She has never been seen again.
RCMP officers, civil defence personnel and local residents began searching the dense bush around the village about a week after Virginia vanished. After eight days, the effort was called off.
. Virginia was born in 1953, one of six kids in her family. She was a quiet girl who would usually let someone know her plans, and it would have been out of character for her to run away. She worked at a cannery at the time.
Virginia vanished after the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend, and before his body was found drowned in the Skeena River. Virginia was upset that cold day and had left the house without a jacket.
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New Hazelton RCMP