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Update: Body found Friday morning near Ladysmith believed to be Kaitlin Heidlbach
A body found near Ladysmith early Friday may be that of missing teenager Kaitlin Heidlbach, police say.
Search-and-rescue crews, including those from Cowichan and Nanaimo, plus an RCMP helicopter, were involved in the search that found the body at 9:30 a.m. Friday near Twin Falls trails.
"While formal identification has yet to be made by the B.C. Coroners Service, police believe this to be the body of Kaitlin Heidlbach," Ladysmith RCMP's release says of the 16-year-old.
"While this investigation is in its early stages, there is no indication foul play was involved."
Ladysmith RCMP officers have notified Kaitlin's family of the discovery.
RCMP Victim Services are available to anyone impacted by the tragedy that may have taken the Queen Margaret's School student.
"Heidelbach texted her father, Neil, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 telling him she was going for a walk and she'd be home in two hours," police have stated. "She has not been seen or heard from since.
Neil Heidelbach described Kaitlin as being "fairly familiar" with the Holland Creek Trail system, and "very much an outdoorsy person" who likes to explore.
Kaitlin stands five-feet 11, and weighs 125 pounds.
She has blue eyes and long hair her father described as "naturally brown down to her ears, where it turns black."
She was last seen wearing a black shirt, a black jacket and black pants.
Ladysmith's RCMP detachment can be called at 250-245-2215.