BCCPD Volunteer Missing

photo of Violet Puskas

Please contact the police if you have seen Violet.

January 24, 2012 For Immediate Release

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities issues plea for help finding missing woman, Violet Puskas

VANCOUVER – The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities is issuing a plea for public help to find a missing Vancouver woman last seen on January 3.

BCCPD Executive Director Jane Dyson says the sudden disappearance of Violet Elizabeth Puskas, a long-time volunteer with the organization, has been reported to the Vancouver Police Department by her family but she remains missing.

“Violet is an extremely dependable volunteer and when she didn’t call us or answer her phone we knew something was wrong,” said Dyson. “We are all really worried about Violet and are doing everything we can to try and find her.”

Dyson said the VPD has issued a Missing Person’s Advisory for Puskas after her family reported her missing. The advisory can be found online at:


Dyson said Puskas family last spoke with her on January 3 at her home in the Killarney neighbourhood of Vancouver and urgently want her to be found.

“Please Violet contact me and let know where you are,” says Violet’s frantic mother Antonia Winkelnen. Violet’s family and friends are distraught about her disappearance and are urgently asking the public to look out for her and contact the police if they have any information about her possible whereabouts.

Dyson said the BCCPD became concerned when Violet did not show up for her shift answering phones on January 4.

BCCPD staff has mounted a poster campaign to help Violet’s family find her, providing posters to over 200 non-profit organizations and women’s shelters and using social media and the BCCPD website to help the search for Violet.

For more information, contact the BCCPD at 604-875-0188.