While the ground search for missing Squamish teen Jodi Henrickson was scaled back Thursday, the mother of her ex-boyfriend thinks Jodi has simply run away.
“That’s something that she would have done, knowing her character,” said Lynne Fedorick, mother of Jodi’s ex-boyfriend, Gavin Arnott.
Arnott, 20, believes he was the last person to see 17-year-old Jodi before she vanished from Bowen Island on June 20.
He admits he was on probation for assaulting her and violated a court order forbidding him to see her. He denies any role in her disappearance.
“She did run away last winter when she stayed with me for three months,” Fedorick told The Province.
“She has been regularly staying out all night since she was 15 years old. She doesn’t come home on a regular basis. She fights with her parents, just like any other 15-year-old.
“I’m not saying that they’re bad parents. It’s just that’s the way teenage girls are.”
Fedorick said she eventually banned Jodi, whom she called a “scheming and manipulative” girl, from her home.
“I really tried to like her. I just found I couldn’t do that.”
Squamish RCMP Cpl. Dave Ritchie said Thursday that further ground searches have been suspended, but could resume at any time.
“Our search [Wednesday] has concluded and we didn’t get any stuff of interest out of it.
“We are actively investigating her disappearance and any tips we get on her,” he said.
“We’re looking at foul play, runaway, medical issues, accident, distress, anything. We’re looking at it all.”
He said investigators have searched off Bowen, but would not specify where.
On Tuesday, Jodi’s brother Rob told The Province: “She’s really close [with her family], which is what made it so weird that she hasn’t gotten in contact with anyone.”
Fedorick said Jodi was a bad influence on her son, an avid biker who won the Test of Metal cross-country mountain bike race four times before he met her.
“He stopped riding his bike and he started staying out at night and, for the first time ever, not calling me and telling me where he was,” she said. “This girl has been trouble with a capital T from the very beginning.”
She said Jodi could have met the wrong person after her son walked away from her during a discussion on Bowen’s Miller Road at around 5:30 a.m. the day she disappeared.
But more likely she took off, said Fedorick, possibly to Alberta.
In a written statement Thursday, Jodi’s family wrote: “We have chosen not to comment on questions that only fuel already tense relationships. Throwing blows at Jodi’s ex-boyfriend and his family isn’t going to bring Jodi home any faster: It just increases the already raw and heightened emotions that everyone that cares about Jodi are all feeling at this time.”
They did not address questions about her running away.
To mark the two weeks since she disappeared, her family is holding a rally Friday at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fedorick said she hopes the girl will be found.
“She’s probably hiding out because she’s probably totally embarrassed by all the media attention,” she said.