Over two months have passed since Ruby Barnes tragically disappeared without a trace from the Carlyle area.
Starting the day like any other, she popped into town to pay some bills, then returned home. The receipts to those bills were later found on the table in her cabin, but she was vanished. Ever since, a piece of her loved ones' hearts have been gone as well.
"It's been pretty tough. It's pretty frustrating, because you know she's out there somewhere, and we can't find her. It's heartbreaking, really," expressed Leanne Chicoine, Ruby's daughter, through her tears.
After the efforts of many to search for the woman, all hands have returned empty with not so much as a hint as to her whereabouts, adding to the tragedy.
"Nothing's really changed at all, we don't know any more at 11 weeks than we did at 30 days. It's hard to stay focused sometimes, but we have to. We just don't know where to look anymore or what to do. It's tough."
She noted that the RCMP, who are leading the investigation, have been supportive and considerate with the family, allowing them to be constantly in touch with what's going on.
At this point, Chicoine doesn't believe Ruby could even be in the area anymore.
"We'll keep searching for her, for sure, until we find her...because we miss her terribly."
"I'm sure, with everybody watching and stuff, I think she'd have been found or spotted, or her vehicle spotted. I really don't want to speculate, because I have no idea. We've searched a lot of the roadways and highways that we know she may have been down, because of her phone ping. But, we have no idea."
Bodies of water have also been taken into consideration, of which there are many in the Carlyle area, and while she knows that some have been searched she's not aware of any specifics.
Given the circumstances, having disappeared without a trace and no leads having surfaced as many as 11 weeks later, the family has not ruled foul play out of the equation.
"You definitely worry about it. We've all went through every scenario, I'm sure, and you definitely worry about that. You just pray that's not the case," Chicoine said.
However, despite the heartache and pain, Ruby's loved ones are not giving up the search. Leanne added that they are planning to organize another search party to once again scour the valleys around Highway 9 in a few weeks. They've already gone over it , using drones as well, but they want to do it again in case they missed something.
"We'll keep searching for her, for sure, until we find her. We're just thankful to everybody who's helped us, and we won't give up until she's found, because we miss her terribly."