2013-06-27 10:24 PDT
The Surrey RCMP’s Missing Persons Unit is reviving its Missing of the Month series and will be making a number of monthly public appeals to generate tips on a selection of historic missing person’s cases.
Some of these cases involve persons who may have had medical or substance abuse issues, were fleeing difficult situations, or were involved in child custody issues. And some have simply just vanished, says Sergeant Rick Burns of the Surrey RCMP’s Missing Persons Unit.
With this series, the Missing Persons Unit is appealing to the public to assist with solving these mysteries and bring closure to these individuals’ families and their loved ones. While the overwhelming majority of people are located within a short time of being reported missing, some of these cases go back years even decades.
This month we are profiling another one of the Surrey RCMP’s oldest missing person cases.
Lucy Ann JOHNSON was originally reported missing on May 14, 1965. Police investigated and later learned that Lucy was last seen by a neighbor as late as September 1961 in the 10300 block of 145A Street. Believing she may have met with foul play, police conducted a thorough investigation into her disappearance.
Lucy JOHNSON (nee: CARVELL) was born on October 14, 1935 in Skagway, Alaska to Margaret and Andrew CARVELL. Lucy resided in Bennett, Alaska from 1935-1938, then in Pennington, Alaska from 1939-1943, and finally in Carcross, Yukon from 1943-1952. Lucy left Carcross in 1953, but did not maintain contact with her family, all of which police located and interviewed during the course of their investigation into Lucy’s disappearance. Lucy married Marvin Johnson in Blaine, WA, in April of 1954 and they had two children, Linda (1954) and Daniel (1955). The couple moved several times around New Westminster before finally settling in Surrey in 1955 or 1956. Marvin was listed as a 1st Mate on a tugboat, however he was unemployed in 1961. Lucy apparently had regular contact with the Catholic Aid Society at the time. Lucy was employed at St. Paul’s Hospital for a period during 1954. At the time of her disappearance Lucy was 5’5 tall, 110 lbs, with a dark complexion, dark brown hair, medium build, and of First Nations descent. She would now be 77 years old.
The Surrey RCMP Missing Person Unit currently has conduct of this file. Her husband, Marvin JOHNSON, passed away in the late 1990’s without providing any further information on her possible whereabouts. Investigators are hoping that by bringing this file out into the light someone may recall some information that can assist investigators and provide some answers to Lucy’s surviving family.
Anyone with information about this case, no matter how seemingly insignificant is asked to call the Surrey RCMP Missing Person Unit at 604-599-0502 and ask for Cst. Mike HALSKOV. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.