Police, volunteers continue the search for the missing woman from Vancouver Island

Police, friends and volunteers continue to search for Amber Manthorne, the 40-year-old woman from Port Alberni who disappeared a week ago.

Kristie St. Claire, organizer of the Finding Amber Manthorne Facebook group, said she is grateful for the outpouring of support, including from volunteer divers and drone operators.

Men St. Claire said she does not feel optimistic that her friend will be found alive given the time that has passed since her last known observation on July 7th.

“After so many days, if she got hurt or lost somewhere, or if something happened to her, it just doesn’t feel good,” she said. “It seems scary now … we’re just trying to bring her home.”

Manthorne is described as petite, five feet an inch high, with long blond hair and blue eyes.

Her white Jeep Compass was found next to a forest road south of Nanaimo on July 9, according to police. Three days later, the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit was assigned to the case.

The Amber Manthornes Jeep was found next to a forest road south of Nanaimo on July 9th. (submitted to CBC)

St. Claire said Tuesday that the RCMP brought dogs in to search around Manthorne’s home on Great Central Lake, 40 kilometers from Port Alberni. Police have also conducted searches in the area where Manthorne’s car was found.

Volunteers have hung posters of Manthorne across Vancouver Island, and a ranger station has been set up at Tseshaht Market on the Pacific Rim Highway to coordinate volunteer seekers and information.

St. Claire said Manthorne is popular with a large group of friends and was busy preparing for an upcoming wedding where she is the bridesmaid.

She worked as a cleaning assistant and part-time at an industrial marina and was also a partner in a photography business, according to St. Claire.

“She is a multifaceted and multitalented lady,” said St. Claire. “She is very well-liked and well-known in and around Port Alberni [Vancouver] also the island. “

Manthorne told friends she had plans to meet her ex-boyfriend at her home on the evening of July 7, according to St. Claire.

The Port Alberni RCMP initially issued an appeal asking for public assistance in locating Manthorne and a man she may have been in company with. Police now say they have spoken to the man.

Anyone with information please contact Port Alberni RCMP at 250 723-2424.

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