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Surrey RCMP close missing persons case 50 years later

SURREY (NEWS1130) – Against all odds, a woman who disappeared from Surrey more than 50 years ago has been found, alive.  She was tracked down in the Yukon by her daughter.

Linda Evans was just seven or eight-years-old when she last saw her mother Lucy Ann Johnson.  She decided to do a bit of detective work after a recent feature on the missing persons case in a local newspaper.

RCMP Corporal Bert Paquet says Evans took out ads in some northern newspapers and remarkably, it paid off.

“A woman from the Yukon saw in a newspaper the ad posted, and at that point in time realized the picture of the person she was watching was her mother.”

Paquet says his team was shocked by the unexpected news.

“We have a lot of investigators doing a lot of hard work to solve cases.  This is definitely a good example for young police officers never to give up; never to assume anything.”

The family is now asking for privacy as they make plans to try to reunite.

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July 19, 2013 at 4:07 am
    Proud to be from Surrey for 35 years

    I can understand why the Surrey RCMP had a hard time solving this one, they have been overworked and busy for fifty years trying to raise everyone’s children, because many have done such a bad job.. And let’s face it folks too many of the Lower Mainland’s other communities unload their garbage (figuratively and literally) on Surrey, so now we have the E Division Headquarters right in City Centre, things are going to change right quick. I don’t know what it was like in 1960 in Surrey (I wasn’t born), but these people wasted a lot of the RCMP resources, and should be on the hook for all the wasted investigative time, overtime, and all the other cases that couldn’t be solved… No wonder one of them was hiding in the Yukon, but the E Division includes Yukon too, so look out! As for the husband, he’s off the hook, like usual.

    July 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I love how Surrey always get the bad light on them all the time. Like Burnaby and Vancouver and all other cities across the bridge are so free of crime and its all sunshine and lollypops and everyone is nice to each other. Give me a break.

July 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    no, you're right

    there’s crime everywhere but Surrey is like the DTES of BC and the DTES is the DTES of Vancouver

    July 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      It’s silly though because Langley has quite a significantly higher crime rate than Surrey yet you never hear people talk about them as a “DTES”. Have you ever even been to Surrey?

      July 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm