When Xiao Hua Jiang disappeared in the spring of 2022, her two children were baffled and worried. More than a year later, with still no sign of her, they are asking B.C. Supreme Court to legally declare her a missing person.
On May 3, 2022, the two adult children reported Jiang (who went by the English name Christine) missing after she didn’t respond to phone calls, according to court and police documents.
The day before, her grey 2021 Highlander SUV was found with a damaged wheel and abandoned on the westbound shoulder of Highway 1 near Glacier National Park, by Golden RCMP, said spokesman Sgt. Mark Mclean of West Vancouver Police.
The last time anyone saw Jiang was April 27, 2022, around 1 a.m., in West Vancouver, when she left the home of a friend of the family’s. A missing person file remains open with West Vancouver police.
At the time police were worried about the well being of Jiang, Mclean said in a news release.
Her disappearance remains a mystery, he said.
Before she disappeared, her son, Guan Jun Liu, 27, would call or text his mother every week or two from China, and his sister, Catherine Jiang, 21, would call her every day, according to an affidavit filed in court. Before the COVID pandemic, the three of them would eat together once a week, he said.
The children were both in China in May 2022 when their mother stopped responding to Catherine’s calls. She had a friend ring the doorbell with no response. They returned to Canada and visited three dozen communities between Vancouver and Golden, as well as Abbotsford, Kamloops, Nelson and Williams Lake, to post missing person posters and ask if anyone had seen her.
They posted photos and information about her disappearance on more than two dozen Facebook pages. They tried to hire a skip tracer to find her, but were told tracers aren’t allowed to try to look for someone police are still searching for. One of the online posts included with Liu’s court affidavit included an offer of a $50,000 reward.
The son and daughter are now are asking B.C.’s public guardian and trustee to declare Jiang a missing person under the Estates of Missing Person Act so that Liu can manage her estate, including a house on West 45th Avenue in Vancouver, a business, and a Toronto condo bought pre-sale and fully paid for but not yet completed.
Liu has been able to make the necessary payments on her credit card accounts, but is unable to access the card or bank accounts.
Reached in New York, where she is attending university, Catherine said she would urge anyone who has any information about her mother to contact West Vancouver police. She declined to comment further.
Jiang’s 55th birthday was on Aug. 1. She is five-foot-four, 110 lbs., with shoulder-length black hair and grey/brown eyes, medium complexion with facial sunspots. She was last seen in a dark jacket and yoga pants, according to RCMP.
After finding her car, Golden RCMP used police dogs to search the area, including wooded areas and nearby buildings.
Golden police believed she may have walked the highway for a distance before getting into a vehicle, or she may have been picked up at her vehicle.
Months later, police stated investigators believed Jiang may have travelled to other communities in the Okanagan area and were still asking for public tips.
Anyone with information about Jiang is asked to call West Vancouver police at 604-925-7300.
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