Smithers RCMP got a report of an overdue traveler on the evening of July 4th.
Earlier that day, a 26 year old Prince George woman left from Prince George to Terrace to attend to an urgent family matter.
The last time her family had contact with her was around 5:10pm when she told her mother she was in Smithers.
A bulletin was immediately sent out to all neighbouring detachments regarding the overdue traveler, and provided the traveler’s details and the vehicle she was driving.
RCMP detachments conducted patrols but didn’t locate the woman or her vehicle, this included another family member who had also passed through Smithers around 7pm.
On July 5th, around 8:50am, friends of the woman who had been driving the highway found her vehicle approximately 50km east of Terrace on Highway 16.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation, but it appears the woman’s vehicle left the road and went down a steep embankment.
She suffered serious injuries and was immediately transported to local hospital.
It’s unknown at this time what caused her vehicle to leave the roadway, but foul play is not suspected.
Social media has identified the woman as Stacie Reis, a nurse at UHNBC.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for her recovery costs.