WATCH: A new tip from the public has rekindled efforts to find a Comox Valley teen, missing for 23 years
The family of Lindsey Nicholls joined police Thursday afternoon in appealing to the public for help.
The 14-year-old was last seen on August 2, 1993.
She was walking down Royston Road in the Comox Valley on her way to visit friends but she never arrived and hasn’t been seen since.
But working on a recent tip, 20 police officers and forensic experts spent the last two days searching and excavating a rural property in the Comox Valley.
Officials aren’t revealing what, if anything, they found at the site, but hope it might lead to more information.
“This is a historical investigation of a missing person the investigation is 23 years old now but we’re hoping that maybe if somebody knew something at some point at that time that now that the years have passed that maybe they would feel comfortable at this time to come forward,” said Corporal Tammy Douglas with Island District RCMP.
“My hope is that somebody who was younger in their 20’s, or something like that, is maybe an adult, has children of their own and the empathy that they might look at their own child and try to imagine what their family is going through just the not knowing and even if it’s bad news we need to know what happened to her,” said Lindsey’s mother Judy Peterson.
This is the second property that has been excavated since Lindsey disappeared and RCMP say they will act on all tips and leads, regardless of how old the case is.
Next month would be Lindsey’s 38th birthday.