January 7, 2019 7:26 pm
Updated: January 16, 2019 6:01 pm

RCMP search for missing Devon woman after vehicle abandoned

Kathleen Rose Ferraz-Duchesneau has been missing since Sunday, Jan 6.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Monday, Jan. 7. It was updated on Wednesday, Jan. 16 with information from the RCMP that the search for the missing woman was ongoing.

The RCMP in Devon continue to investigate the disappearance of a 25-year-old woman who was last seen nearly two weeks ago.

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On Sunday, Jan. 6 at 11:10 p.m., police said Kathleen Rose Ferraz-Duchesneau’s vehicle was found parked and running in the median between the north and southbound lanes of Highway 60, just south of the Devon Bridge.

Her family has not heard from her since that time and is actively co-ordinating search efforts in and around the river, according to her sister, Alexandra Ferraz.

In an updated media release sent Wednesday, the RCMP said they have been following up on tips from the public but so far, no “viable information or sighting has resulted.” There is also no sufficient evidence to suggest this is a criminal incident, police said.

“Local businesses have been solicited for any video surveillance, and local homeowners have been requested to check their property for any information that may lead to her whereabouts.”

Family, friends and complete strangers have come together to form search parties to try to locate Ferraz-Duchesneau. Over the weekend, a candlelight vigil was held in Devon for the missing woman.

The RCMP said Wednesday they are working with various community search groups in the efforts to find the 25-year-old.

“I know that everyone wants to help find Kathleen, so I’m asking the public to assist by providing the RCMP information and allowing us to do our investigational job” Sgt. Jolene Nason said.

“The public is welcome to conduct searches in open, public areas but should not be going on private property where they may be alarming homeowners and putting themselves in unsafe situations.”

Ferraz-Duchesneau is described as being five-foot-five and weighing 240 pounds. She has green eyes, blonde or brown hair and may have been wearing glasses.

RCMP said the missing woman may be wearing a purple jacket with white fur around the hood, as well as blue jeans.

If you have seen Ferraz-Duchesneau or have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Devon RCMP at 780-987-3414 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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