B.C. First Nation offers 20K reward in case of Immaculate Basil, missing since 2013
Immaculate Basil, 26, last seen June 14, 2013 near Fort St. James, B.C.
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that could help locate an Indigenous woman who disappeared from northern British Columbia three years ago.
Immaculate "Mackie" Basil was 26 when she was last seen on June 14, 2013, around the Kuzche Reserve near Fort St. James, British Columbia.
At the time, an extensive search by the RCMP and search rescue teams failed to find her. Large community searches were also conducted.
The Tl'azt'en First Nation posted the reward after Immaculate's older brother, Peter Basil, approached the band to ask for help.
"I asked our chief for $20,000, and he said he was going to put it through chief and council, and they did approve it for me," said Peter."
The family is trying to open up any avenue that will get Mackie back," said Ron Wisner, the community's economic development officer, who also helped coordinate community searches when Immaculate first went missing.
"We haven't found anything, and there's no leads or anything," said Ida Basil, Immaculate's younger sister.
The Fort St. James RCMP said in an emailed statement the case is still very active and ongoing.
Ida Basil said investigators also recently visited the family and told it to continue putting up posters of their sister.
Tragedy strikes family again
Although Basil's family is hopeful the reward money might lead to a break in the case, they're also dealing with another tragedy.
Travis Basil, 26, Immaculate Basil's brother, was shot and killed on August 11, 2016. No arrests have been made in that case.
He was the youngest of the Basil siblings.
The family recently made 30 sweaters with Immaculate Basil's name and image on them to help raise awareness and money for the reward.