Salt Spring RCMP End Search for Missing Person Sinikka Gay Elliott

Update as of May 15th, 2021 1:01 PM: The body of a Salt Spring Island woman missing since Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 was found on Saturday, May 15th, 2021. Although a full determination has yet to be made, Salt Spring RCMP do not believe that criminality was involved in the woman’s sudden death. The BC Coroners Service is also investigating to determine how, where, when and by what means she came to her death. The Salt Spring RCMP want to thank the over 100 volunteers who helped in the search. No other information is available at this time.


Salt Spring RCMP and SAR Teams Staging at Portlock Park


Salt Spring RCMP and SAR Teams Staging at Portlock Park


Salt Spring RCMP and SAR Teams Staging at Portlock Park


Salt Spring RCMP and SAR Teams Staging at Portlock Park


Salt Spring RCMP and SAR Teams Staging at Portlock Park


Salt Spring RCMP and SAR Teams Staging at Portlock Park


Salt Spring RCMP and SAR Teams Staging at Central Fire Hall

Update as of May 15th, 2021 7:00 AM: The search for Sinikka Elliott will continue today with SAR mutual aid support from Vancouver island and Lower Mainland teams. The public is requested to give SAR personnel space to work, as there will be SAR and RCMP search dogs, helicopters and ground searchers in the Mt. Erskine area. Please do not approach any rotary aircraft or Search dogs. If the public would like to assist, please focus on searching your own properties.

Update as of May 14th, 2021 3:15 PM: Salt Spring RCMP and SAR continue their search for missing person Sinikka Elliott. Five SAR teams from Vancouver Island have joined Salt Spring RCMP and SAR teams in their search. SAR teams from the mainland are expected to arrive tomorrow if the missing person is still not located. Search will continue overnight and into tomorrow.


SAR Teams on the 100 Block of Southern Way, Salt Spring Island


SAR Teams on the 100 Block of Southern Way, Salt Spring Island


SAR Teams on the 100 Block of Southern Way, Salt Spring Island

Update as of May 14th, 2021 10:30 AM: Salt Spring RCMP and SAR resources continue to search in the Juniper Place, Mt. Erskine, Wilkie Way and Cranberry Valley area. You will see SAR and Search Dogs in the area, please respect their working space. If any information is found, please contact Salt Spring SAR or RCMP.

Update as of May 14th, 2021 8:15 AM: Salt Spring RCMP has confirmed with the Exchange that the search for Sinikka Gay Elliott is still ongoing. Search and Rescue (SAR) from all over Vancouver Island are assisting Salt Spring Search and Rescue. The RCMP Police Dog Service (PDS) has been here the entire time in the search. So far they have not been able to locate the missing person. The search resumes today.

Update as of May 13th, 2021 1:50 PM: Salt Spring RCMP are requesting the public’s help in locating a missing person. On Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 2:15 PM, the Salt Spring RCMP received a report of a missing person. Sinikka Gay Elliott left home to do some errands and has not been seen or heard from since. Police and Search and Rescue began a search for Sinikka and approximately 9:30 pm SAR had located Sinikka’s vehicle on Juniper Place Road but she was not with the vehicle. Police and family are concerned for Sinikka’s well being. Sinikka Gay Elliott is described as 5'3", slim build, dark brown short hair and wearing a red sweater, jeans, brown boots.

If you have any information about Sinikka Gay Elliott or where she might be, please contact the Salt Spring Island RCMP at (250) 537-5555

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May 13, 2021 1:50 PM

  • trinda gajek says:

    Has she been located? Is there a meeting place for community to come and support in the search?

  • Update as of May 14th, 2021 8:15 AM: Salt Spring RCMP has confirmed with the Exchange that the search for Sinikka Gay Elliott is still ongoing. Search and Rescue (SAR) from all over Vancouver Island are assisting Salt Spring Search and Rescue. The RCMP Police Dog Service (PDS) has been here the entire time in the search. So far they have not been able to locate the missing person. The search resumes today.

  • Update as of May 14th, 2021 10:30 AM: Salt Spring RCMP and SAR resources continue to search in the Juniper Place, Mt. Erskine, Wilkie Way and Cranberry Valley area. You will see SAR and Search Dogs in the area, please respect their working space. If any information is found, please contact Salt Spring SAR or RCMP

  • Brenda Guiled says:

    Three years ago, I took a seldom-used route up, on the seaward side -- very pretty and safe enough until it wasn't. Thanks to crumbling soil and rock -- a previously safe little stretch -- it got instantly dicey. It took teamwork with my hiking companion to solve the problem.

    I dearly, dearly hope that Sinnika's safely off Erskine, else waiting patiently for a helping hand.

    A helicopter is being used, yes?

  • Update as of May 14th, 2021 3:15 PM: Salt Spring RCMP and SAR continue their search for missing person Sinikka Elliott. Five SAR teams from Vancouver Island have joined Salt Spring RCMP and SAR teams in their search. SAR teams from the mainland are expected to arrive tomorrow if the missing person is still not located. Search will continue overnight and into tomorrow.

  • Update as of May 15th, 2021 7:00 AM: The search for Sinikka Elliott will continue today with SAR mutual aid support from Vancouver island and Lower Mainland teams. The public is requested to give SAR personnel space to work, as there will be SAR and RCMP search dogs, helicopters and ground searchers in the Mt. Erskine area. Please do not approach any rotary aircraft or Search dogs. If the public would like to assist, please focus on searching your own properties.

  • Update as of May 15th, 2021 1:01 PM: The body of a Salt Spring Island woman missing since May 12th, 2021 was found on May 15th, 2021. Although a full determination has yet to be made, Salt Spring RCMP do not believe that criminality was involved in the woman’s sudden death. The BC Coroners Service is also investigating to determine how, where, when and by what means she came to her death. The Salt Spring RCMP want to thank the over 100 volunteers who helped in the search. No other information is available at this time.

  • Brenda Guiled says:

    So very very very sad. A heartbreak for all.

  • silks says:

    It is a tragedy. I hope somehow she passed peacefully.