New technology brings new hope in serch for missing Comox Valley girl

On the day of her daughter's 33rd birthday, Judy Peterson hopes new technology will help in providing information about the disappearance of her daughter Lindsey Nicholls.

Investigator Ted Davis of the Missing Children Society of Canada

Investigator Ted Davis of the Missing Children Society of Canada

On the day of her daughter’s 33rd birthday, Judy Peterson hopes new technology will help in providing information about the disappearance of her daughter Lindsey Nicholls.During a press conference Monday, the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) along with the Comox Valley RCMP, revealed new technology in the search for missing children — the Child Search Alert Poynt Push System.The Poynt app for BlackBerry, iPhone and other smartphones uses a geo-targeted push system to aid in the recovery of missing children. The app was originally created to connect people to local businesses, events, restaurants and more.Through the app, MCSC will be able to quickly notify Poynt users within a relevant area with a Child Search Alert on breaking developments of an active missing child investigation.An alert about Nicholls was send out shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, the second alert for users since the system has been in place this month.”We used the technology in the search for Kienan (Hebert) and the immediate need to create awareness in partnership with the Amber Alert in the provinces of Alberta and B.C.,” said Amanda Pick, executive director with MCSC. “And today we’re using it in a case that isn’t immediate in terms of the awareness, but the opportunity to create awareness and potentially bring information on Lindsey’s case is just as critical.”Nicholls’ disappearance along down Royston Road during the August long weekend in 1993 when she was 14 years old “still remains a mystery,” said lead investigator Paul West of the Comox Valley RCMP.”Our detachment continues to pursue this investigation, taking action on any new tips or information that surfaces that may be linked to Lindsay’s disappearance,” he said, and added the RCMP have received more than 300 tips about the file.West confirmed that foul play is suspected, and noted the case is classified as a missing person with homicide suspected.Currently, Pick said there are more than one million Poynt app users in Canada, and it serves as another way to engage the public through technology.”We can push the alert out within a one kilometre radius to where a child goes missing or where an abduction has happened,” she said. “We ask and engage people who can bring this very much-needed information to RCMP, to our tip line, to Crime Stoppers. You need to come forward, you need to connect, in order for us to move forward Lindsey’s case.”Peterson said she knows there is someone who knows something about Nicholls, and hopes this newest tool can provide the tip RCMP need to solve the case. “My biggest fear is that I will never know what happened to Lindsay. Please come forward no matter how insignificant you think (the information) is; it may be the piece of the information that helps solve Lindsay’s disappearance,” she noted.Anyone with information about Lindsey Nicholls, is asked to contact Comox Valley RCMP at 1-250-338-1321 or the MCSC at 1-800-661-6160, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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