Annual sweep of Edmonton river valley will include search for missing woman

Edmonton, Alberta – (08-Sep-2021 @ 8:21 AM) The Edmonton Police Service and several of its partnering organizations will be conducting a sweep of the North Saskatchewan River valley today, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in an effort to recover any human remains that may have entered the river and its environs over the past year.

Led by the EPS Missing Persons Unit, this initiative takes place each fall when river levels are among their lowest. It is a collaboration between EPS, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, City of Edmonton park rangers and local search and rescue organizations. EPS Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems, or “drones,” and Air One will also be deployed.

“We conduct this annual search because unfortunately, we do recover human remains from the North Saskatchewan River and its surrounding area from time to time,” says Cst. Amanda Johnson, with the EPS Missing Persons Unit. “We want to use this opportunity before winter where water levels are relatively low to do a thorough search of the river and its valley to help recover those remains and give some resolution to families if we possibly can.”

This year, the family of missing person Audrey Beaver is supporting the search efforts and encouraging media and the public to report any tips about her last known whereabouts.

Audrey Beaver was last seen in August 2020, and had been seen in the river valley area prior to her disappearance.
Audrey Beaver was last seen in August 2020, and had been seen in the river valley area prior to her disappearance.

Audrey Beaver was last seen in August 2020, and had been seen in the river valley area prior to her disappearance. She was 48 at the time of her disappearance, and is described as 5’2” and 120 lbs, with black hair, brown eyes, and a large tattoo of a cross on her right forearm.

“While we never want to rule out any outcomes, we do have to consider the possibility that a missing person may be deceased,” says Cst. Johnson. “Unfortunately, searching for remains is one of the investigative tasks we have to complete.”

At this time, no foul play is indicated in Beaver’s disappearance.

Anyone with information about Audrey Beaver or any other missing person is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

Edmonton Police Service

MRU #: 21R076

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