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Julia-Mary Lane hiker vanishes in Canadian bear country

BY Anas Shah Jun 13, 2023. 08:14 pm

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After going missing during a hiking trip across grizzly country in Canada, authorities there are looking for an Australian woman.

After Julia-Mary Lane, 24, failed to return on a hike on the Bear Lake Trail close to Kimberely, British Columbia, her flatmate reported her missing on Monday, according to ABC News.

Her housemate posted on social media that Lane, also known as JM, was visiting the area from Canmore, Alberta when she vanished on Saturday afternoon.

“Disappearing like this is completely out of character for JM. [Her family is] normally in contact with her daily and have not heard from her since Saturday morning,” the housemate, Janet Hamilton, wrote on a community Facebook group.

A few hours later, Lane’s brother Conor provided an update and stated that his sister’s roommate in Alberta had likewise not heard from her.

According to the Guardian, Lane’s Ford Escape SUV was discovered in Bear Lake. The vicinity of the car is being looked for by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Julia-Mary Lane

“She’s very well-traveled, she’s fit, she’s capable … the worry is there’s unstable ground and she’s had a fall and there’s bears around,” Lane’s mother, Rosalind Lane, told ABC News.

She added that the family will “quite probably” travel to Canada to aid the search, but they are “trying not to think of the worst-case scenario.”

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“I just hope she comes home safely,” the distraught mother said.

Julia-Mary Lane

According to ABC News, Lane, who is originally from Brisbane, relocated to Canada in January. She had intended to start a new job in finance at the time of her disappearance.

She regularly texted her older sister in the mornings. She is the youngest of four children.

According to the outlet, the University of Queensland alumna last spoke to her father on Saturday morning, Australian time.

A few days prior to going missing, Lane made a request for hiking recommendations in the Bear Lake region on a Facebook page, according to The Guardian.

“I’m visiting from Canmore for a few days and would love to join any moderate to challenging hikes anyone has planned,” she wrote.

“I am comfortable hiking solo but would prefer to go with a group to minimize bear risk of course.”

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