‘I miss her’: Family, police seek answers in case of missing Nanaimo woman

'I miss her': Family, police seek answers in case of missing Nanaimo woman

Jami Easterbrook was back in a Nanaimo neighbourhood Wednesday, where her foster daughter Sherry Corrigal, 22, was last seen in September.

She was checking on missing persons posters she had put up in the area late last year.

“We want to know where she is. I’ve been sick with worry about this because she has been a part of our family, and I want to know if she’s OK,” Easterbrook told CHEK News.

Corrigal’s other foster mom, Sam, is also increasingly worried about what happened to their Sherry.

“It’s hard, I miss her,” she said. “I actually last saw her on my doorbell camera, knocking, and I wasn’t home. It’s the last I have of her.”

Numerous posters have been put up in the area of Franklyn Street and Selby Street near downtown Nanaimo, where Easterbrook says Corrigal was dropped off by a friend on Sept. 11, 2023, and never seen again.

She was known to stay with different friends and family, so she wasn’t reported missing until November.

“It’s extremely out of character for her to have no contact with her friends and family, and for that reason, we have a dedicated team of officers trying to find her,” said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien.

(RCMP say this picture of missing Nanaimo woman Sherry Corrigal is considered recent.)

Corrigal is approximately 5’0″ and weighs 90-100 lbs. with long dark hair. She has several distinct tattoos on her arms, hands and back.

Police say they have investigated dozens of tips, but none have led to the missing woman. They also say tips and rumours being shared on social media are not helpful.

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“We are asking anyone who saw Sherry around the time of her disappearance or since to contact police directly,” said Const. Simon Gallimore of the Nanaimo RCMP.

“Police are aware of social media posts going around asking people to contact persons other than the police with information. This has resulted in numerous unsubstantiated rumours circulating about what may have happened to Sherry. Police need to speak directly with anyone with first-hand information about Sherry’s whereabouts,” he added.

“Rumours are just that, rumours. They are a very poor source of information for the investigative team.”

Those who care about Corrigal say someone knows something and they should do the right thing and contact police.

They say Sherry had fallen in with the wrong crowd and started doing drugs but that she is loved and missed.

“She wanted to smarten up. She had lots of dreams,” said Easterbrook. “I mean, she used to say she wanted to be a nurse. She said she wanted to be a social worker. She had a tough life. There was a lot of childhood trauma, and it’s just sad.”

“She belongs to somebody. She belongs to a group of people who care very deeply for her,” added Sam. “We need to find her.”

Anyone with information about Sherry Corrigal should contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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