Desperate search for New Zealand woman after vanishing from tiny island in Canada

A desperate search is underway for a 22-year-old woman, who has not been seen since Monday and told her family she loved them before leaving.

Shilanne Rose Stedmances left her family home on Bowen Island not far off Canada’s mainland at around 8pm on Monday night.

It is unknown where Ms Stedmances went after she fled, according to a press release from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

According to the release, Ms Stedmances left her mobile phone and wallet behind and told her family she loved them before taking off.

Shilanne Stedmances, 22, has been missing since Monday when she left her home on a remote island in Canada. Source: Facebook.

“NSR is asking for the public’s help for missing Bowen Island resident last seen Monday evening near Eagle Cliff on Bowen Island,” the NSR tweeted.

The release also says this behaviour is “out of character” for Ms Stedmances.

Ms Stedmances is described as five feet, two inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes.

According to Vancouver publication, The Georgia Straight, the extensive search for Ms Stedmances included the Bowen Island RCMP, North Shore Search and Rescue, Marine Search and Rescue, RCMP Marine, Air 1 Services, and the Bowen Island Fire Department.

The Georgia Straight also reported Ms Stedmances has connections in West and North Vancouver. Bowen Island is just a 20 minute ferry trip to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.

Rachel Sinclair, a friend of Ms Stedmances told the Daily Mail friends and family were concerned for her wellbeing, as Ms Stedmances suffered mental health problems.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police have finished their land search for missing 22-year-old Shilanne Stedmances, and will search aaa specific area with divers on Friday. Source: Facebook

Ms Stedmances lived in New Zealand for a few years, but returned to Bowen Island in 2017. She maintains a dual citizenship according to the Daily Mail.

At 6pm local time on Thursday, RCMP announced the land search for Ms Stedmances had been called off and police would focus their search on a specific area on Friday with divers and boats.

A friend of Ms Stedmance described her as a “wonderful, charismatic, compassionate person” on Facebook, as she urged people to help in the search and share the Facebook post.

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