July 5, 2013 1:40 pm
Updated: July 5, 2013 1:49 pm

UPDATE: Missing Burnaby mother found safe and sound after public appeal


Burnaby RCMP say a missing mother has been found safe and sound after a public appeal less than two hours earlier.

On Thursday afternoon, police appealed for Susan Mitchell to contact them after she was spotted “alive and well” on bank surveillance video yesterday.

It’s not clear as to why Mitchell disappeared and left her two boys, who are both under the age of seven, alone.

Police say Susan Mitchell appeared on surveillance video from a TD Bank branch in the 4700-block of Kingsway just after noon Wednesday.

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She was reportedly carrying out an unspecified banking transaction.

“We don’t know why she left or why she is not at home,” says Staff Sgt. Steve Crawford of the Burnaby RCMP.

Mitchell was eventually found in New Westminster 36 hours after she disappeared. Even though she’s been found, police have not revealed why she went missing.

Crawford says her two children are safe and there’s no sign Mitchell is suffering from any mental illness.

Police sounded the alarm Wednesday morning after the mother went missing from her apartment on Willingdon Avenue.

At the time, RCMP called the disappearance “high risk.”

According to police, Mitchell put her children to bed Tuesday night, but when they awoke the next morning, she was gone. Her children told a neighbour who called police.

RCMP say there is no history of violence or drug history, no restraining orders issued against anyone in Mitchell’s life and there was no sign of forced entry into Mitchell’s apartment.

Her children are currently in government care and it will be up to the ministry to decide if Mitchell gets her boys back.


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