RCMP confirm search involves missing Nicole Hoar of Red Deer

RCMP confirm they’re searching a rural Prince George acreage for evidence in the 2002 disappearance of Red Deer tree-planter Nicole Hoar.

Nicole Hoar is is  shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP are reported to have stated that they have possibly  "but can't be certain" that they have found the location of her remains as they search a farm property near Prince George

Nicole Hoar is is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP are reported to have stated that they have possibly "but can't be certain" that they have found the location of her remains as they search a farm property near Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — RCMP confirm they’re searching a rural Prince George acreage for evidence in the 2002 disappearance of Red Deer tree-planter Nicole Hoar.

The Mounties said earlier they were searching the two-hectare property west of the city for one set of human remains.

The 25-year-old Hoar disappeared June 21, 2002, while hitch-hiking along Highway 16, west of Prince George, on her way to visit her sister in Smithers, B.C.

She is among nine women who have vanished or were killed since 1990 while hitch-hiking on Highway 16, known as the Highway of Tears.

The Mounties say their search is in the preliminary stages and no evidence has been discovered yet.

Spokeswoman Cpl. Annie Linteau played down speculation their search is connected with the so-called Highway of Tears murders.