International search launched after 40-year-old Abbotsford woman disappears in Costa Rica

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      After a woman from the Fraser Valley has mysteriously vanished in Central America, an international effort has been launched to locate her.

      Today (September 29), the Abbotsford Police Department (AbbyPD) announced that it is assisting in the search for 40-year-old Jaclyn “Jackie” Ferland-Smith.

      Her parents contacted Abbotsford police on August 20 after her Canadian husband last saw her on the evening of August 17 at their home in Playa Del Hermosa in Costa Rica, where they have lived for the past two years. Her family traveled to Costa Rica, where they have remained to help search for her.

      She has been reported missing to the Costa Rica Judicial Police, who are investigating her disappearance. Meanwhile, an Abbotsford investigator is working with the RCMP regional liaison officer for Costa Rica and the B.C. Missing Person Centre.

      Ferland-Smith grew up in Abbotsford, has a degree in kinesiology, and worked as a Canadian military training officer, and may have contacts across Canada as well as internationally.

      She is described as a white female who is 173 centimetres (five-feet, eight-inches) tall and weighs 64 kilograms. She has light brown, shoulder-length hair; green eyes; and is “very physically fit”, according to AbbyPD.

      Anyone who has been in contact with her or who has information of her whereabouts is asked to call AbbyPD at 604-859-5225.