Sylvia Apps, disappeared July 8th 2014, Castlecrag Mountain, Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Sylvia Apps, 69, left on a 5 day solo hiking trip on July 8, 2014 to Vancouver Island's Strathcona Park in British Columbia, Canada. She began her hike in the Paradise Meadows area of Mount Washington and was expected back on July 13th, but was never seen again.
Strathcona Provincial Park is a rugged mountain wilderness of over 250,000 hectares that dominates central Vancouver Island. Created in 1911, it is the oldest provincial park in BC and the largest on Vancouver Island. The triangular shaped park practically spans the entire width of Vancouver Island, in that it borders on Herbert Inlet off Clayoquot Sound on the Pacific Coast, and extends eastwards to within 10 miles of the sea near Comox.
Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue began searching around Castlecrag Mountain with helicopter support and called after the official search after one week. Search and rescue teams then did targeted searches to ensure the most-likely areas in which Sylvia may be found were checked again.
They found Sylvia's backpack in one location, her walking sticks and camera in another, and her name in the logbook on one of the peaks on the route but were baffled when they failed to locate Sylvia. Paul Berry, president of the Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue, said it was the first time they had failed to find someone despite finding all of their belongings. Berry said he believes Apps, who was properly equipped for the hike, likely suffered a medical emergency such as heat stroke and was unable to think clearly while awaiting rescue.
To this day, Sylvia's remains have not been found. A baffling case.