Police release video of missing Abbotsford woman

Erica Schmidt was caught on security video hours after she left her home on Oct. 5.

  • Oct. 17, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Erica Schmidt of Abbotsford has been missing since Oct. 5.

Erica Schmidt of Abbotsford has been missing since Oct. 5.

The Abbotsford Police Department is continuing its search for Erica Schmidt and has released video that shows her only hours after she was reported missing.

Const. Ian MacDonald said investigators are continuing to speak with witnesses and explore all possible sightings.

He said police hope that footage obtained from security video will assist witnesses who might have been in the area at the time to recollect something to further the investigation.

The video was captured at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 as Schmidt, 59, was walking north in the 2400 block of McCallum Road, near the Five Corners area of the city.

She was wearing a light-blue jacket, a long dark skirt and flat shoes, and was carrying a large black purse.

MacDonald said there have been several reported sightings of Schmidt in Abbotsford and other communities in B.C. and those are being reviewed for their validity.

One of these was from a woman who knows Schmidt and reported seeing her on the day, time and location where the video was captured.

At the time the woman spotted Schmidt, information about her disappearance had not yet been made public.

Schmidt left her home on Timberlane Drive on the morning of Oct. 5 and has not been seen or heard from since.

Search and rescue teams scoured the city, while a large contingent of volunteers distributed “missing poster” flyers across the community.

Volunteers are gathering again this Friday and Saturday to post and hand out the new Abbotsford Police news release, with information about the video footage. The River Church (33550 South Fraser Way) will serve as the “command centre” from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

A Facebook page – “Help Find Erica?” – continues to provide updates.

Schmidt is 5′ 4″, weighs 140 pounds, and has short brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact the Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225.