Hunt for missing Australian Alison Raspa in Whistler, Canada abandoned by mounties

Hunt for missing Australian Alison Raspa in Whistler, Canada abandoned by mounties

Hunt for missing Australian Alison Raspa in Whistler, Canada abandoned by mounties

Updated 7 December 2017, 15:10 AEDT

The search for a young Australian woman who went missing in a Canadian ski resort town is suspended, after it emerged she texted friends on the night of her disappearance, saying she was lost.

The search for a young West Australian woman who went missing in a Canadian ski resort town has been called off after it emerged she texted friends on the night of her disappearance saying she was lost.

Alison Raspa, 25, was last seen on November 23, shortly after midnight after leaving the Three Below Bar in Whistler Village.

She disappeared after speaking with a friend in the "Village Stroll" pedestrian area of the town.

Investigators with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police believe she may have caught a bus to an area near Highway 99 and Lake Placid Road, then walked west toward Alpha Lake, about five kilometres from the bar and town centre.

"At approximately 1:15am, Ms. Raspa texted some of her friends to confirm she was lost," Staff Sergeant Paul Hayes from the RCMP said in a statement.

The exact details of the text message were not released by police.

He said a passerby found a jacket, backpack and wallet belonging to Ms Raspa near Highway 99 and Lake Placid Road.

Her mobile phone was found by another person in Alpha Lake Park.

No foul play suspected

During the past two weeks, divers have searched Alpha Lake and the Whistler Search and Rescue Society searched the surrounding shoreline.

"Investigators have yet to determine why these items were discarded, but do not believe it is the result of foul play," Sergeant Hayes said.

"The search to date and been extensive and has circumnavigated the park, lakes, as well as the road/trails/parkades [carparks] leaving from the village to Alpha Lake Park.

"At this point all available leads have been exhausted.

"The missing person file will remain active and ongoing until such time that Ms Raspa is located."

Temperatures in Whistler have been freezing since Ms Raspa disappeared, and according to police snow has been consistently falling during this period.

Ms Raspa, from Perth, moved to Canada earlier this year to work in hospitality.

It is believed she worked at the Westin Resort and Spa.

Some of her family members, including her mother, had flown to Canada to help look for her.

The RCMP is asking anyone with information to call police on +1 604 932-3044.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has provided consular assistance to Ms Raspa's family.