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Sherri McLaughlin went missing from Kamloops BC on September 19th 1993 while riding here bicycle to a friends place.
Her bike and backpack were found on the side of the road. Foul play was suspected since the beginning of the search.

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A light burns for Sherri: It's a sign of mom's hope that she'll find her daughter, who vanished seven years ago; [Final Edition] | Print |  E-mail

Steve Berry. The Province. Vancouver, B.C.: Sep 24, 2000. pg. A.21
(Copyright The Province 2000)

Jackie White keeps a beacon of hope burning for her missing daughter.

"I have a light burning by her picture," said White.

"It's been burning since the day she went missing and will burn until the day I die or I hear something."

Her daughter, Sherri McLaughlin, 20, vanished without a trace on Sept. 19, 1993, as she rode her bicycle to an ex-boyfriend's home in Kamloops. Her mangled bike was found by the side of the road. Her backpack lay nearby.
There was no blood and no sign of a struggle.
Her disappearance left a gaping hole in her mother's heart.

"I shed lots of tears about it and I get lots of angry periods that I can't explain," said the still-grieving mom.

Her pain is all the sharper as she watches her daughter's son, Stephen, now eight, grow. White has become his surrogate mother.
And she struggles to explain evil to this young boy, who so much reminds her of her daughter.

"He is at the age where he wants to know what happened to his mom," said White.

"I try to explain that we don't know what happened and we have to wait to find out."

McLaughlin's brother James, 31, is also still searching for answers.

"Time does not make it any easier at all," said James, who runs a Kamloops limousine service.

"There's good days and bad," he said. "Some are harder than others. This time of year is really bad for me."

James vividly remembers that fateful Saturday night. He had taken a fare to Ashcroft and had been out of cellphone range.
When he got back into town, his phone was crammed with messages from the RCMP and worried family members wondering if he had seen his sister.

"I honestly thought there must be some misunderstanding," he said in an interview last week.

Police had been called by the ex-boyfriend, who reported McLaughlin missing.
She had packed a bag that evening and was going over to his house, less than two kilometres away.

"It might have taken her 10 minutes to ride over there," said her brother. "She had done it numerous times before.

"It seemed like such an innocent thing to do."

One of James's chief regrets is not getting to know his younger sister as they grew into adulthood.

"One of the things that hurts me the most was we never had a chance to grow up together as adults," said James.

"Something has been taken away from me that I'll never be able to replace."

Both James and his mother said they still hope for some resolution to the disappearance.
Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Craig Callens said the case remains open, with one officer assigned to it.

"A thorough file review was done from front to back approximately 18 months ago," said Callens. "That resulted in our revisiting a number of aspects of the investigation from 1993."

Callens said some elements of that review are still being looked into.

"There remain some individuals who have not been eliminated entirely, but there is insufficient evidence to classify them as suspects," said Callens. He hastened to add that this is the case with most unsolved homicides.

Callens said tips still trickle in on the file and they are checked. The investigator also uses any new investigative tools, such as DNA, to look at evidence collected at the scene.
White, who had just moved to Victoria, last talked to her daughter on the Friday night before her disappearance.

"She had a cold. I told her to take some Aspirin and get some orange juice and tuck herself into bed. I guess she didn't listen to mom."

Both she and her son believe McLaughlin was snatched against her will by one or more people. In their minds, there is no chance she ran away.

"That's a definite no. That was ruled out . . ." said White, who said she is frustrated by the lack of success in the investigation.

"There's been nothing at all. It's the same way it was the morning they went to the scene."

All she can do is wait.

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't have a thought of her. I always hold out hope of seeing her again."

Anyone with information should call Kamloops RCMP at (250)828- 3000 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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