Crews look near Cape Spear for missing woman

Published on May 12, 2014
Police and search and rescue officials congregated at Cape Spear Sunday and set up a command post as they searched for missing person Judith Skanes. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

As of Sunday evening, the search for a woman missing since Saturday morning continued in the Cape Spear area.
Judith Skanes was last heard from Saturday morning about 9 a.m. in the area of Bradbury’s Road, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Saturday evening, her vehicle was found at Cape Spear and the search for the woman moved into that area.

“We were out here last night since yesterday evening. We had people out here overnight and we were out first light,” said RNC Insp. Paul Woodruff.

“We’re going to continue on through the day. The weather is fairly good now and hopefully it stays this way.

Search and rescue personnel have been conducting a ground search and the coast guard had people offshore searching the waters.

There has also been a helicopter searching the area, and Sunday there were plans for a fixed-wing aircraft to join the search.

Skanes is described as being approximately 5’4” ft, 150 lbs with shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes. She wears dark-rimmed glasses. It is unknown what clothing Skanes was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).