One month later, no sign of Kristina Ward

Police continue their search for highly vulnerable 20-year-old last seen in downtown Langley

Plenty of tips have come in to police, but so far none have led to 20-year-old Kristina Ward, who has been missing for more than a month.

Kristina was last seen by a Langley RCMP officer on Sept. 27 near a homeless camp in Langley City.

Recently Kristina’s mother and grandmother made a public plea to help find the young woman who they say has a mental capacity that ranges between 12 and 16 years old.

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It is her naivety and need for daily medication that has Langley RCMP continuing to put a priority on searching for her.

“We are doing more canvassing and we are still getting tips, but we wish those tips would lead us to Kristina,” Langley RCMP Cpl. Craig Van Herk said last Thursday.

Kristina lives in Abbotsford with her mom and dad but is known to frequent Langley City’s downtown core and make visits to local homeless camps. Her mom said she was just learning how to use transit when she went missing.

“We had spoken to Kristina after her family reported her missing, so that is why Langley RCMP are investigating,” said Van Herk.

“Kristina is a very naive 20-year-old and a high risk because of her need for medication. There has been no activity on her cellphone or in her bank account since she has gone missing.”

Kristina’s mother and grandmother said she was lonely and had few friends. She was reaching out to transients to make possible connections, but they worry someone has taken advantage of her vulnerability.

Langley RCMP Serious Crimes is in charge of the investigation. As of last week, police didn’t suspect Kristina had met with harm.

Police have been revisiting area homeless camps and talking to transients who frequent the downtown core area. Langley investigators are working with police in Surrey, Vancouver and Abbotsford to learn whether she has made any contact in those communities.

They are also poring over video surveillance for any sight of her.

“Someone has seen her. People don’t just disappear. We miss her and love her,” said Kristina’s mother, LeeAnne who spoke to the media two weeks ago.

Anyone with information about Kristina’s whereabouts, is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.



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