More than five decades since her September 1961 disappearance in Surrey, British Columba, Alaska native Lucy John has been found alive and living in Yukon.
Her late husband, Marvin, reported Johnson’s disappearance in 1965 — four years after she initially went missing. Because he waited four years to report her disappearance, Marvin was considered a suspect in the suspected murder of his wife. The couple’s backyard was excavated, but no evidence was recovered. The case then went cold for about 50 years.
Linda Evans, Lucy’s daughter, was only seven or eight when her mother disappeared and all this time has thought her mother was dead.
“I’m still walking around in shock,” she told the Surrey Leader. “I thought she was dead because there’s been no contact. Nothing.”
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After The Leader ran a story about Lucy’s disappearance earlier in the month, Linda, now in her late 50s, decided to research her mother on the Internet and run an ad in the Yukon News to see if anyone knew her.
"We received a phone call from a woman in the Yukon who called and claimed that she had seen the picture of the missing person in the free newspapers and said the missing person we were looking for was actually her mother," said Cpl. Bert Paquet, spokesman for Surrey RCMP, to the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
Police eventually confirmed that Lucy, now 77, is now living with another family in Yukon. Linda has since learned she has four half-siblings she never knew about, reports NBC News. Her only brother, Daniel, died in his teens.
Linda is now saving her money so she can visit her long-lost mother.
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“I have a lot of questions,” she told The Surrey Leader. “And they’re all ‘Whys?’”
But despite Lucy’s long, unexplained absence, Linda has no ill feelings toward her.
“I just hope I can be part of her life,” Evans said. “I’ll just give her a big hug and hope the words come easy.”
Sources: NBC News, The Surrey Leader
Photo Credit: Royal Canadian Mounted Police