Police ask for witnesses to help solve mystery of woman’s 11-hour blackout

A Langley woman awoke at the Bradner rest stop in Abbotsford after a night of heavy drinking in Surrey, and doesn't know how she got there.

A woman who says she has no memory of getting from Surrey to Abbotsford woke up in the grassy portion

A 37-year-old Langley woman has told police that she awoke at the Bradner rest stop in Abbotsford after a night of heavy drinking in Surrey, and has no recollection of how she got there.

The woman said she awoke to find her clothes askew and that she was missing jewelry, her iPod, a cellphone and her identification.

Police in Abbotsford are now trying to piece together what happened between the hours of 9 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 8 a.m. on Dec. 2 to determine if a criminal offence occurred.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the woman was drinking in the Central City Brew Pub in Surrey on the evening of Dec. 1, after having arrived via public transit. The pub is located in the busy area near the Surrey Central SkyTrain station.

MacDonald said the woman left the pub at about 9 p.m., according to surveillance video that police have reviewed.

“We are able to say with a great deal of confidence that she left that brew pub, and she left by herself.”

He said the woman has no further recollection of the evening. She awoke at 8 a.m. the next day on the grassy portion of the Bradner rest stop, located on the north side of Highway 1 west of the Mt. Lehman Road interchange.

She began walking west and then hitchhiked home to Langley, where she contacted RCMP. The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) and Surrey RCMP then became involved in the investigation.

The matter is now being led by the APD’s major crime unit. MacDonald said one of the things police are considering is whether the woman had been drugged during the evening.

Detectives are also asking any witnesses to come forward who might have seen the woman or had contact with her at the pub, the rest stop or in between.

She is Caucasian, 5′ 6″, 125 pounds with long light-brown hair. She was wearing burgundy-coloured pants with a green stripe and an army-style jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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