Lana Patricia Derrick
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Age 19
Race First Nations
Sex Female
Location Terrace,
British Columbia
Disappeared October 7, 1995
Missing for 25 years
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 154lb
Classification Suspected homicide

Lana Patricia Derrick (born 1976) was a young woman who disappeared during Thanksgiving weekend.

Characteristics

Lana was described as having brown eyes and black, shoulder-length hair. She has a medium build and a dark complexion. When she disappeared, she was wearing black, plastic eyeglasses; a green, cotton sweatshirt; black, denim pants; and running shoes.

Background

Lana was a member of the Gitanyow Band and grew up on the First Nation. She was a forestry student at Northwest Community College in Houston, British Columbia. Her aunt, Sally Gibson, said Lana loved working outside and was "gung ho" about attending college. Whenever Lana got a break from school, she'd travel back to Terrace to visit her family.

Case

On October 6, 1995, Lana was given a ride from Northwest Community College to Terrace, where she intended on visiting her family. She was dropped off at a friend's house and spent the evening in downtown Terrace with friends, specifically Gigi's Pub and Tim Horton's. Lana spent the rest of the night partying at a friend or cousin's house. Around 3:00 A.M., Lana borrowed $30 from her friend, Clarice, and asked Clarice if she wanted to go to a party with her, which Clarice declined. Lana's family believes she was last seen at 3:30 A.M., where she was partying at a cousin's house.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received tips that in the early morning hours of October 7, 1995, Lana was seen at the Copperside Foods/Petro Canada along Highway 16 in Thornhill, British Columbia. A woman who was supposedly the last person to see Lana, said during a hypnosis session that while she was sitting in a car, she saw Lana enter the store, exit the store, and get into a car with two men in the front seats. In early 1996, the RCMP released composite sketches of the two men Lana was traveling with. Lana's family is unsure of the validity of these tips.

Three days later, when Lana failed to show up for Thanksgiving dinner, her family reported her missing. The RCMP and Lana's family searched along Highway 16, but the RCMP called off the search three days after she was reported missing.

Sally believes Lana was attacked (and presumably murdered) by more than one person.

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