Woman missing for over half a century is found alive

Lucy Johnson, who disappeared from Surrey, British Columbia all the way back in 1961, has been found alive. The police had thought her husband killed her — he didn’t report her disappearance for four years, which naturally looks suspicious — but it seems she took off on her own and started another family. She is 77 years old and lives up north in the Yukon now. That province borders Alaska, where Lucy was originally from.

Lucy Johnson’s husband died in the nineties, but she has two children and her daughter is still alive; I’m not sure about her son. From the article I can’t tell if they have reunited or not. If I were her children I would be both happy and angry. I don’t have a lot of respect for anybody, man or woman, who walks out on their kids without a word.

This case reminds me very much of Ragna Esther Gavin, another long-term missing and presumed woman who turned out to have simply walked out of her life. Yet another reminder that with the missing, you can never really give up hope.

3 thoughts on “Woman missing for over half a century is found alive

  1. Wendy July 19, 2013 / 9:40 am

    Meaghan, I completely agree about losing total respect for anyone who walks out on their kid/s. Especially if you leave them behind with an abusive person. I have a 1 year old myself and I can’t imagine just up and leaving him. My brain doesn’t compute how anyone can do that.

    Interesting story, thanks for the link. I haven’t commented on the blog in a long time but I always read. Thank you for all you do. Hope your back is better today.

  2. mdhpiper July 22, 2013 / 12:35 am

    Her husband probably lived the rest of his life with family, neighbors and friends suspecting him of murder. What if the law had actually gone after him? People have been convicted before on relatively flimsy circumstancial evidence.

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