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02-17-2011, 08:40 PM

Age 19, disappeared on October 7th, 1995. Last seen at a gas station near Terrace, BC (Thornhill), traveling East on Highway 16 to her home in the Hazelton area. She was enrolled in studies at Northwest Community College in Terrace.


02-20-2011, 02:52 AM
Just 10 months after Leah's murder, 19-year-old college student Lana Derrick disappeared from a gas station on Highway 16 in Thornhill.

Lana was a shy, bespectacled young forestry student who loved the outdoors and nature.

"She worked hard. She liked school," Sally Gibson said of her niece during an interview in the native town of Gitwangak.

On the first weekend of October, 1995, Lana made the 265-kilometre trek along Highway 16 to go to her mother's Thornhill house for the weekend.

The last known person she spoke to on Sat., Oct. 7, 1995 was a close friend, who said Lana told her around 3 a.m. that she was partying in town with some people she knew with a car.

Police said they had a surveillance video from a local gas station, where a clerk remembers Lana coming inside to buy cigarettes while a car with two men waited outside.

Lana's relatives in Terrace launched a search, but the police participated for only three days.

"All of a sudden we were told the time was up and they'd take it from there. But they didn't," said Gibson.

"They just didn't care. As far as I'm concerned, they still don't care," said a teary-eyed Gibson, who is also the aunt of victim Alberta Williams.


02-23-2011, 03:39 PM

Aged 19,at the time of her disappearence
Dark brown hair;
brown eyes
disappeared Oct. 7, 1995,
at a service station in Thornhill
After she left a house party 3:30am
while home from school or the weekend. Lana was enrolled in forestry studies at Northwest Community College.
If you have any information concerning Lana call the nearest RCMP or Police
Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS or call
Missing Women's Task Force
Ray Michalko 1-866-962-5585

05-31-2015, 10:01 AM
VANCOUVER - Sally Gibson has been waiting nearly two decades for answers about what became of her niece, a 19-year-old forestry student from a small First Nation in northern British Columbia who vanished along the Highway of Tears.

There's the official story: Lana Derrick was out with some friends and at some point ended up in a car with two unidentified men, with whom she was last seen at a gas station along Highway 16 near Terrace in the early morning of Oct. 7, 1995.

But that's just one of the many theories, rumours and guesses Gibson and her relatives have heard over the years, a painful reminder that no one not the family, not the police has any idea about what happened.

"We have heard so many different stories and have been told so many different things that we don't even know," said Gibson from her home in Gitanyow, the First Nations reserve where Derrick grew up.

"It isn't like Lana died and we went and buried her and the pain will go away. She totally disappeared. That's an open wound."

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