Hiker was not pushed off cliff by drunk strangers, investigation concludes

Last month, the West Shore RCMP issued a call for witnesses following a hiker’s report she had been pushed off a cliff by a group of intoxicated strangers.

Following their investigation of the May 18 incident, authorities indicated via media release on June 12 that things did not happen as initially reported to them, thereby bringing an end to the case and the call for witnesses.

The unidentified 29-year-old woman claimed she had been hiking at Thetis Lake on Vancouver Island when she paused to peer over the cliff and was approached by three women in their 20s or 30s who were wearing swimsuits and appeared to be drinking. The woman claims she was then pushed over, causing her to plummet 12 metres into the water below.

The woman also reported she had been able to swim to safety before contacting authorities.

However, West Shore RCMP now say “the incident did not occur as was originally reported and suspects are no longer being sought in relation to this matter,” and have concluded their investigation.

Cst. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer for the West Shore RCMP, also notes their detachment “cannot provide further specifics” in conjunction with the now-closed case.

— Lindsay William-Ross, with files from Alanna Kelly/Castanet

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