Hundreds of messages of sympathy and support have been expressed to the family of Chelsea Cardno.
Her mother confirmed a body found in a flooded field near Mission Creek the afternoon of Jun. 24 is her daughter.
Diane posted this message on the Help Us Find Chelsea Cardno Facebook Page the morning of Jun 25:
“Good morning everyone, this is Chelsea’s mom Diane. It is with very heavy hearts that we have to announce that we have found our sweet Chelsea. I need to take this time to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support over the last 11 days.
To all those that came out to help us search, the tireless hours out combing through the brush, walking hours along the Greenway, we left no stone unturned.
The community came together to bring my Sweet Pea home, and I will be forever grateful. Chelsea’s beloved JJ is still missing, so please keep your eyes open for him.
We ask for privacy in the coming days to come to terms with this great loss. At this time the family will not be making any statements to the media. We will reach out to a select few media outlets when are ready.”
Diane’s heart-breaking message also asks to keep following the page as the family will be planning a celebration of Chelsea’s life in the next few weeks.
Just after 4 p.m. on Saturday, Kelowna RCMP confirmed that the body found in the flooded field near Mission Creek was in fact Cardno’s.
“We are all saddened by the outcome but hope the family can have some closure and they can begin the healing process,” said Mike Della-Paolera from the Kelowna RCMP.
There is no criminal investigation underway, police added, and the BC Coroners Service will continue to be the lead investigators.
Cardno’s dog, JJ, has not been located. It is presumed to have been swept away in Mission Creek.