Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

File: 22-35935

Victoria, BC – VicPD officers located high-risk missing woman Shirley Book at approximately 4:40 a.m. this morning after an extensive search.

She is safe and has been reunited with her family.

Officers began an extensive search for Shirley just before 10:30 p.m. last night. She had not been seen for over six hours when it was discovered that she had not returned home and was reported missing to VicPD.

During the search, in addition to extensive foot and vehicle patrols, officers contacted hospitals, shelters, BC Transit and taxis, and issued a high-risk missing person alert.

Given the length of time she had been missing, officers, coordinated with both the Oak Bay Police Department and the Saanich Police Department, who conducted extensive foot and vehicle patrols in their service areas.

VicPD officers continued our search, returning to her residence and conducting a second, extensive search of her building.

At one point, officers received information that she may have been at Swan Lake park in Saanich. Working with E-Comm 911 dispatchers, officers were able to clarify that the location was actually Beacon Hill Park. Officers conducted an extensive search of the park grounds.

Officers remained in contact with Shirley’s family, keeping them updated as the search progressed.

At approximately 4:40 a.m. a VicPD officer searching for Shirley located her at McKenzie Avenue and Moss Street. The officer transported Shirley home to her family and remained with her until BC Emergency Health Services paramedics arrived to confirm her good health.

Thank you to everyone who shared Shirley’s information and our partners across the region for your efforts in helping bring her home safe to her family.


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