Missing since 1961, Lucy Ann Johnson, an Alaska native, was discovered alive and well in Canada’s Yukon. Now her daughter, who hasn't seen her mother since she was seven or eight years old, just wants to know why.
Johnson’s husband reported her missing in British Columbia in 1965, but Canadian police found she hadn’t actually been seen since four years earlier in September 1961.
Her late husband, Marvin, assumed his wife had been killed. At one point, authorities even suspected him of foul play in his wife’s disappearance.
In June the Royal Canadian Mounted Police featured a story on Johnson’s disappearance. When her daughter, Linda Evans, saw the release she began to investigate her mother’s disappearance with renewed energy. However, she never expected her mother to be found alive.
RCMP spokesman Cpl. Bert Paquet told CBC News that a woman called Surrey RCMP on July 12, claiming to be Johnson's daughter. Police connected Evans to this newly found half-sister. She said her mother is alive and living with her “new” family in the Yukon. Lucy Johnson is now 77 years old.
“Honestly, I thought she was dead because there’s been no contact. Nothing,” said Evans.
“I’m still walking around in shock,” she said.
Her mother obviously began a new life for herself after she disappeared. Evans found she has four new half-siblings, three brothers and a sister.
"I have a lot of questions," she told the Surrey Leader. "And they’re all ‘Whys?’"
Evans said she had no hard feelings and looks forward to reuniting with her mother.
“I just hope I can be part of her life," Evans told the Surrey Leader. "I’ll just give her a big hug and hope the words come easy."
Police say it's still unclear what happened, why Johnson left her former family behind.
“There are still answers that we need, there are still questions Lucy will still have to face, not only from our investigators, but from her own family members,” Pacquet said.