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Jean Virginia Sampare Was Last Seen on Highway 16

By William Gitsegukla, British Columbia UCF # 104200049

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Virginia Samapare

Jean Virgivia Sampare

Sampare's boyfriend also had gone missing shortly before she disappeared.

Gitsegukla, British Columbia - 18-year-old Jean Virginia Sampare was last seen by Alvin (her cousin) on Highway 16 outside Gitsegukla on October 14, 1971. He left her alone as he cycled home to get a jacket, and she was gone when he returned.

Her siblings are Anne, Winnie, Sandra, Virginia and Rod, with Sandra being the youngest. She attended high school in Hazelton, BC. When she was older, she worked in a cannery and as a caretaker for her siblings.

She lived with her parents in Gitsegukla. Rod described their parents as very strict and watchful; the children were not allowed to play after 9 and their parents made them work hard.

Sampare was planning to move to Terrace with Rod later in the month that she went missing. Despite the police and local community searching nearby areas for her for the 8 days following her disappearance, their efforts proved unsuccessful.

She has not been seen since.

There is no public record regarding the items which Sampare had taken with her when she went missing. Though it was a cold night, she had left her jacket at home.

On October 16, the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) took a missing person's report from Sampare's mom. The RCMP checked with Anna, Winnie, and Sampare's friends and other family and confirmed that no one had made contact with her since she was last seen by Alvin.

The police never found any leads or further information that was ever released to the public.

Shockingly enough, Sampare's boyfriend also had gone missing shortly before she disappeared. His remains were found just after her disappearance. He had drowned in the Skeena River.


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