Elderly evacuee missing


Police are requesting the public’s help in locating a missing elderly resident of a community that has been evacuated due to wildfires.

On Sunday July 16, at approximately 6 p.m., the Prince George RCMP received a report of a missing evacuated resident of 100 Mile House.  Maria Martha Watt, an 88-year-old resident of that community, has not been seen in over a week and has not spoken with loved ones in 10 days.

Extensive efforts to locate Maria Watt have been made.  A description of Maria and her vehicle has been provided to police officers at wildfire check points throughout the 100 Mile House area and to detachments throughout the BC interior.  Her residence as well as all evacuation centres in the Prince George and Kamloops areas have been checked with negative results.  It is believed that Watt has never registered as an evacuee at any of the emergency centres.

Maria Watt is described as:

  • Caucasian female
  • 160 cm (5’3″)
  • 66 kg (145 lbs)
  • Hazel eyes
  • Brown hair

Maria may be driving a grey 2004 Honda CRV bearing BC licence plate 081 HCN and may go by the last name Lascelle or Lascelle-Watt..

RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating Watt.

If you have any information about Maria Martha Watt or where she might be, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or police of jurisdiction in your area.