One year later, police still looking for missing Port Alberni woman

One year later, police still looking for missing Port Alberni woman

Shelly Hofmann, 49, was seen in Port Alberni on June 24, 2016.

Police are still searching for Shelly Jean Hofmann, a 49-year-old Port Alberni woman who went missing one year ago. 

Hofmann was last seen on June 24, 2016 in the 3000 block of 3rd Avenue in downtown Port Alberni, in front of the Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society (ACAWS). Hofmann also has family ties in Vancouver and Nanaimo. 

She is described as a 49-year-old Caucasian woman, five-feet-tall, 150 pounds with blue eyes and short grey hair. She was often seen walking around downtown Port Alberni and has a very distinctive walk. Police said she has a pronounced limp almost rocking from side to side and is hunched forward. 

“Shelly’s disappearance remains an active and ongoing missing person’s investigation,” Cpl. Amelia Hayden of the Port Alberni RCMP said in a statement. 

“Members of the General Investigation Section continue in their search for answers into Shelly’s whereabouts. We are urging the public for their help. What may seem inconsequential to you, may be missing link in this investigative puzzle. Everything is important.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Crime Stoppers can also be contacted at or SMS by texting BCTIP and a message to CRIMES (274637). 

There will be a vigil Friday night for Hofmann, starting at 7 p.m. at the Harbour Quay in Port Alberni. 

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