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Port Alberni woman’s car found in Nanaimo, but woman is still missing

No one has heard from Amber Manthorne since July 6, say RCMP
Port Alberni RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Amber Manthorne, who is missing from the Alberni Valley. Her vehicle was located Saturday, July 9 south of Nanaimo, but Manthorne is still missing (PHOTO COURTESY RCMP)

A Port Alberni woman is still missing even though RCMP in Nanaimo have located her vehicle.

Port Alberni RCMP received word on Friday, July 8, 2022 that Amber Manthorne had not been seen or heard from by friends and family since Wednesday, July 6. They put out a public request for people to watch out for Manthorne or her vehicle, a white 2021 Jeep Compass with BC licence plates.

Manthorne’s vehicle was located south of Nanaimo on July 9, Port Alberni RCMP Const. Rick Johns said. Manthorne, however, was not with her vehicle. “We are still looking for Amber, we are still following the evidence, and tips that we receive from the public,” Johns said.

“Investigators have been working around the clock to find her.”

Officers have secured Manthorne’s residence and her vehicle, and are asking the public to keep an eye out for Manthorne. She is 155 centimetres (five feet one inch) tall, slim with blond hair, in her 40s according to friends, and may be with a male known to her. The RCMP declined to name the male.

Johns dispelled a rumour circulating on Saturday that a body was found on Smith Road near McLean Mill. He said no body was found, the rumour was false.

“We ask that the public continue to keep an eye out for Amber…It is out of character for her to be out of touch with family and friends for this long.”

Anyone with information on Manthorne’s whereabouts is asked to call Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424.

Friends and family of Manthorne have organized a gathering at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at the Tseshaht Market on Pacific Rim Highway west of Port Alberni. Anyone wishing to come and lend their support to those missing Manthorne are asked to keep parking spots in front of the market free for customers.

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