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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.

After all these years we have not been able to find the valuable peace of information that will help locate her. Somebody somewhere knows the whereabouts of Sherri McLaughlin. Please help us find Sherri.

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Unsuccessful probe raises future hopes - Canadian Press - Keith Anderson photo | Print |  E-mail

Newswire. Times - Colonist. Victoria, B.C.: Jan 5, 1995. pg. 1
(Copyright Times Colonist (Victoria) 1995)

KAMLOOPS - A man who used a divining rod-like device to locate the body of a murdered girl in October was unsuccessful Wednesday in finding the body of a Kamloops woman who disappeared in 1993.

But that didn't daunt the hopes of a man looking for his sister. "If we had found something here it would have put an end to it," James McLaughlin said of Sherri McLaughlin, his missing sister. "Now there's still hope she's out there somewhere." He said he e intends to continue his efforts to find his sister, including another appeal to the U.S. television series Unsolved Mysteries.

The show originally rejected the story because of a lack of information but McLaughlin hopes Wednesday's dig will spur their interest.

McLaughlin's mother, Jackie White, lives in Sidney with her daughter's two-year-old son. White was in the process of moving to Vancouver Island when her 20-year-old daughter disappeared in the early hours of Sept. 19, 1993, while cycling to a friend's house.

Friends, family, police and search and rescue volunteers braved - 8 C weather to watch as a donated excavator bit through the thick ice and wet sand on a bank of the North Thompson River.

The machine dug for more than three hours but found nothing.

The dig was organized after B.C. search-and-rescue expert Rex Fitz-Gerald of Winfield used a sensing device to pinpoint a spot in the river where he believed they would find some remains of Sherri.

Fitz-Gerald is credited with finding the body of murdered Kelowna youngster Mindy Tran in October after a psychic told police they should look in a park near the girl's home.

He brought the hand-held unit, which some say is like a divining rod, to Kamloops in November and spent two days going over the entire city with it before he found an area on the North Thompson River.

Working with the RCMP in November, searchers dug in a small area near Wednesday's excavation, but found nothing.

Fitz-Gerald's device looks like two silver rods. He holds one in each hand and walks over an area, letting the rods swing on their own.

Working like a free-swinging compass needle, the device points toward an area. He used it throughout the day to guide the excavator.

After three hours, the hole had grown to about 10 metres in diameter and about two metres deep where it hit the clay river bottom.

Fitz-Gerald said there was no point going deeper because nothing could be buried beneath the clay.


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