Missing August 4th 2002

The Mystery

On Aug. 4, 2002 Ten-year-old Joseph Andrews of Dawson Creek and his foster parents were camping at the Salmon Valley Resort 25 km north of Prince George. The resort is popular for tubing and on that fateful day that was exactly what Joseph was doing. Family members watched as Joseph was playing on an inner tube on the Salmon River eventually floating out of site and into one of the biggest mysteries in the area.

Clues

The RCMP said they did find a print that matched his size sandal in a sandbar at the confluence of the Fraser and Salmon Rivers. That sandbar is 14 km from where Andrews was last seen and had numerous other footprints on it.

Appearance

On the day of his disappearance Joseph was wearing:

  • A shirt, shorts
  • A yellow baseball cap
  • Sandals
  • A bright orange life jacket
  •  Riding on a four-foot-round bright yellow inner tube with a length of yellow rope attached to it.

Joseph Andrews was 4 9″ tall, weighing 65 lbs.

The Search


Over the course of eight days Police, Search Planes, Helicopters, Forest fire fighters, four police dogs, and search and rescue searched the wooded area in Salmon Valley to the confluence of the Fraser River.
They combed the woods from the Salmon River bridge all the way to the Fort George Canyon on the Fraser River…. nothing, not a piece of clothing or the inner tube itself.

The Salmon River Valley campground is about 25 kilometers north of Prince George, B.C.

Anyone who may have information that might help is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.

You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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