Girl, 16, found dead in Ladysmith trail area

A 16-year-old girl who was reported missing overnight in Ladysmith, B.C., has been found dead, police have confirmed.

Police say accident, not foul play, suspected in death of Kaitlin Brooke Heidelbach

Police say there is no indication of foul play in teen's death 1:46

A 16-year-old girl who was reported missing overnight in Ladysmith, B.C., has been found dead, police have confirmed.

The body of 16-year-old Kaitlin Brooke Heidelbach was found in the Twin Falls trail area just before 9:30 a.m. PT after she was reported missing at 12:10 a.m. early Friday morning.

Police said there is no indication foul play was involved, adding they believe Heidelbach's death was a hiking accident.

Heidelbach was last heard from at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when she sent a text to her father saying she was going for a walk and would be home in a couple hours, police said.

When Heidelbach did not return home, RCMP officers began a search of the Holland Creek and Heart Lake trail systems and the Twin Falls area at 12:50 a.m. early Friday morning.

"It's an emotional time for 16-year-olds going back to school, entering Grade 11 and all these sorts of things, so this is certainly a very, very tragic and sad way to start the year," said RCMP Cpl. Darren Lagan.

Police say they will be providing a victim service program to help family, friends and classmates at the private school Heidelbach attended in nearby Duncan.