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.

Three cold Canadian cases

The North Bay Nugget notes that fifteen-year-old Melanie Ethier disappeared from New Liskeard, Ontario fifteen years ago today. According to another source, at the time Melanie was walking home, three weddings were letting out and the bars were closing with customers leaving, yet nobody saw a thing. There’s no evidence that she ran away.

The 26th was the tenth anniversary of the disappearance of Jesokah Adkens from British Columbia. She was seventeen.

And in Quebec, the cops are searching the Mile-Illes River for Julie Surprenant (French language link), who disappeared in 1999 at the age of 16. A man dying of cancer reportedly confessed that he killed her and dumped her in the river. The nurse who heard his confession didn’t tell anyone about it for five years.

Two locations and one anniversary

Many people sent this one in: Dana McPeek, a 33-year-old woman who’d been missing from Lompoc, California since 2001, has been located. At least, her jawbone has been. It turned up in northern Santa Barbara County, California, in the ever-popular “remote area.” No sign of the rest of the body, and obviously, no cause of death known at this time, though the assumption seems to be foul play. Her family issued a statement thanking the police for their work.

And, in Marin County, California, partial remains found last September have been identified as Michael Anton Kudsieh, a 25-year-old who had been missing from the area since 2002. I had had no details about his disappearance, but the article said he suffered from “intense mental illness” and left suicide notes saying he was going to jump off a cliff.

Today is the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Michael Wayne Dunahee, a four-year-old who was abducted from a playground in British Columbia, Canada in 1991. He would be 24 years old today, if he is still alive. I had him profiled on Charley at one time after I heard about a possible sighting in the U.S., but then I found out the sighting had been discounted so I removed him. Anyway, Michael’s parents have issued a plea for help in solving his disappearance.