Three years after Nicole's disappearance and at the western end of Highway 16, Tamara Chipman went missing. Sept. 21, 2005 was last day her family saw or heard from her.
They believe she may have been hitchhiking.
"She loved animals," Tamara's mother, Cory Millwater, said during an emotional interview in her Prince Rupert home. "Our house was most of the time like a zoo. Tamara would see anything - cats, dogs, iguanas, fish, birds - she'd bring them home."
Tamara, who had an older sister and a younger brother, gave birth at age 19, to a son, Jaden. She was happy to be a mother.
But her life was troubled as a young adult. She was facing an assault charge and hanging out with people who Millwater described as not very nice. "She was just going through a really hard time at that point."
No one figured out at first that Tamara was missing because her parents and her son's father thought she was with another member of the family.
Police, initially, were not that responsive to the family's missing-person report, Millwater recalled, but have since been supportive.
Still, Millwater is not optimistic she'll ever find out where Tamara's body is and what happened to her. "I don't think that we're ever going to know for sure ... Not knowing where she is is hard."