In­tense search

Cou­ple re­port woman sud­denly dis­ap­pear­ing from bridge in Cove­head

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY NIGEL ARMSTRONG AND JIM DAY

No one has yet been re­ported miss­ing on P.E.I., but then again, no one has come for­ward to say it was them in the mid­dle of Cove­head bridge at 1 a.m. Tues­day.

As such, a search ef­fort will con­tinue Wed­nes­day af­ter a night’s rest for a group of search and res­cue staff and vol­un­teers.

The RCMP is­sued a state­ment Tues­day say­ing that a cou­ple called 911 around 1 a.m. af­ter see­ing a woman they be­lieved to be 50-60 years old stand­ing in the mid­dle of the bridge.

When the cou­ple turned back to see if she needed help, the woman was gone.

The RCMP re­port that the cou­ple searched the area be­low the bridge but there was no sign of the woman.

The RCMP, 413 Trans­port and Res­cue Squadron out of Greenwood, N.S., Parks Canada staff, the North Shore Fire Depart­ment, P.E.I. Ground Search and Res­cue vol­un­teers and lo­cal fish­er­men all joined the search as the day pro­gressed.

A mil­i­tary Cor­morant search and res­cue he­li­copter and an RCMP he­li­copter joined the search Tues­day.

“We are tak­ing all pre­cau­tions be­cause we be­lieve what the peo­ple said they saw,” said RCMP spokes­woman Leanne But­ler.

“No­body has been re­ported miss­ing, but if you think about it closely, if some­one (you know) lives alone, if you didn’t call them in a cou­ple of days, you wouldn’t miss them,” she said late Tues­day.

Another op­tion might be some­one who is a visi­tor, per­haps some­one vis­it­ing the Is­land alone, said But­ler.

Also on Tues­day, the RCMP is­sued notes on Twit­ter and Face­book ask­ing for any­one to come for­ward if they were the per­son on the bridge, or knew who it was.

“No one has called, so we haven’t had any suc­cess that way ei­ther,” said But­ler.

“They have de-es­ca­lated the search for the evening, which is quite nor­mal,” she said.

“Res­cue per­son­nel have been sent home as they have had some long hours there, so they have gone home to rest.”

A com­mand post re­mained ac­tive with a su­per­vi­sor on duty overnight, she said.

Deeper, un­der­wa­ter search­ing is be­ing con­sid­ered for Wed­nes­day, said But­ler.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion on this in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact the RCMP at 902-368-9300, or make anony­mous con­tact with Crime Stop­pers on the In­ter­net at­icrimestop­pers. or on Face­book at https://www.face­­icrimestop­pers, or by anony­mous text us­ing SMS by send­ing “TIP162” plus your mes­sage to (274637) CRIMES, or with a toll-free phone call to 1877-222-8477.


A de­ter­mined search on land, wa­ter and in the air be­gan early Tues­day for a woman who was spot­ted on a bridge in Cove­head. The RCMP said a cou­ple called 911 around 1 a.m. af­ter see­ing a woman stand­ing in the mid­dle of the bridge. When the cou­ple turned back to see if she needed help the woman was no longer on the bridge.

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