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The Disappearance of Caitlyn Avril Murray

The Disappearance of Caitlyn Avril Murray

 

Case File Overview

 

On September 30th, 2013, Caitlyn Avril Murray disappeared from Quesnel, BC. The 21-year-old was last seen when cameras captured Caitlyn parking her car near the Fraser Bridge Inn in West Quesnel at approximately 12:45 a.m. and walking onto the historic footbridge that crosses the Fraser River.

Quesnel RCMP, Quesnel Search and Rescue, RCMP Air Services, and volunteers searched around the footbridge, the Fraser River, and the surrounding riverbanks, parks, and forest. Despite the rigorous search, Caitlyn remains missing.

Caitlyn is Caucasian, five feet tall (152 cm), 120 pounds(54 kg), and has blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black Lululemon yoga pants, a blue shirt, and a hoodie.

Photo of missing person Caitlyn Avril Murray
Source: BC Missing Persons Report

 

Case File Theories

 

Suicide

Did Caitlyn kill herself? Maybe. The police strongly suspect that Caitlyn jumped into the Fraser River from the footbridge. Caitlyn was apparently distraught after a recent breakup with her longtime boyfriend. Moreover, Caitlyn texted two of her friends to tell them she was contemplating jumping. However, roughly 45 minutes after reaching out, Caitlyn texted her friends again to let them know she was tired and heading home.

Caitlyn’s parents, Chris and Carmen, doubt Caitlyn took her own life. There are a number of reasons supporting the fact that Caitlyn did not kill herself. First, other people have committed suicide off of the footbridge and their bodies have been located within 10 days. Second, although a camera on the bridge shows Caitlyn walking onto the bridge, the camera installed at the middle of the bridge was not working. Therefore, there is no way to know for sure what happened to Caitlyn. And third, Caitlyn had recently graduated from the College of New Caledonia as a healthcare aide and was excited about pursuing her career. For Caitlyn’s loved ones, there is little proof she killed herself. Instead, this theory is merely a convenient narrative for authorities, as it takes the onus off of them to find a missing person.

Foul play

Did someone kill Caitlyn on the night she disappeared? This is a possibility. It’s unclear how many cameras were on the footbridge. Could someone have made their way onto the bridge without being seen? Caitlyn often went to the footbridge to think, and it is not in a great part of town. In fact, it is reported that at night the bridge is often frequented by drug addicts. Could Caitlyn have gotten into an altercation with a stranger and fell to her death?

Or, could Caitlyn have been pushed off of the footbridge by someone she knew? Did she head to the bridge that night to meet someone? If someone could have made their way onto the bridge undetected then this theory has to be given serious consideration. Rumour had it that Caitlyn was upset after recently breaking up with a long-term boyfriend. However, Caitlyn’s family explained that Caitlyn “left an abusive relationship two days prior to disappearing.”

Caitlyn’s ex had been “charged with assault for an incident that led to their break-up, [but] the charge was dropped after Caitlyn was not found.” Did Caitlyn meet her ex or perhaps someone who was hellbent on protecting him on the night in question? Was Caitlyn pushed off of the footbridge? Until Caitlyn is found, it is impossible to know one way or the other.

Source: Kelowna Info News

What do you think happened to Caitlyn?

Caitlyn’s family and friends started the Please Help Find Caitlyn Avril Murray Facebook page to help keep Caitlyn’s case fresh in the public’s mind. Caitlyn’s parents return to the footbridge every year on September 30th, the date of Caitlyn’s disappearance, to remember their daughter.

Caitlyn’s loved ones have never stopped searching for answers. If you have any information regarding Caitlyn’s disappearance, please contact the Quesnel RCMP at 250-992-9211. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Related Reading

“Quesnel RCMP looking for missing 21-year-old last seen Monday morning”Global News article

“Mother asks for info on missing daughter”Prince George Citizen article

“Foul play not suspected in woman’s disappearance”Williams Lake Tribune article

“Family still searches for missing daughter one year later” – Kelowna Info News article

“Quesnel RCMP continue search for missing woman”Williams Lake Tribune article

“Mother of missing B.C. woman calls disappearances an epidemic”Global News article

Interested in missing persons cases? Check out the disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel and the mysterious vanishing of Judy Wardrip.

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4 Comments

  1. Todd Todd

    I, unfortunatly feel like she jumped. It’s a strange coincidence that all the cameras were not working… depression is wicked, I know, I had a bout of it after a relationship went sour… having been on the brink of suicide I fully understand the despair a person can feel and the misery they can be going thru…. may god bless her and may he help authorities find her alive and well👍

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Todd. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment and share your personal story. I have many close friends who struggle with depression, and I agree that it can truly be devastating. I’m so sorry you went through that. It sadly is possible that Caitlyn jumped off of the footbridge. But without more evidence I’m unwilling to close off the other possibilities. Here’s hoping she’s found soon so her loved ones and the community can finally have some answers. All the best!

  2. Bill Bill

    The police have left a great deal unexplained here. If the camera at one entrance to the bridge shows her walking onto the bridge, that camera should show her leaving if she left that way. If there was a camera at one entrance to the bridge, there should have been a camera at the other entrance. If she went onto the bridge and didn’t come off either end, then she almost certainly went into the water.

    Whether she was pushed, dropped, or jumped into the water, the likelihood of finding her should be about the same. If people who end up in the water are usually found, the likelihood would be that she would be found. However, probabilities are made of occurrences of every kind. If ten percent of the people who go over the side of the bridge are not being found, then the chances that she wouldn’t be found are one in ten. In that case, her not being found is easily plausible.

    I’m curious whether the bridge was a high-traffic area at that time of night. If the bridge was infested by people with criminal drug problems, she’d be vulnerable, but there could still be witnesses who would be glad to sell one another out for some kind of consideration. If someone killed her, someone else in that community might have tried to plea bargain with information about her death.

    The death was convenient for the ex-boyfriend, but for him or one of his friends to be a suspect, someone in that circle would either need to be following her or need to know that she would be on the bridge at that time. The probability of him or a friend of his encountering her on the bridge by coincidence would be very low.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Bill. I have always wondered why the police are so secretive about this case. If they put more information out there (like the video information you mentioned), it would less mysterious. The lack of details, I think, it what makes me lean more towards foul play. I think if they were sure she committed suicide they would show the evidence to end the controversy. Unfortunately, I think it is most likely that Caitlyn did take her own life, but there is just enough unknowns to keep me guessing. And I wish her family could get some closure.

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