MISSING – The Jack Family (1989) – Prince George, BC

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Ronald (Ronnie), partner Doreen and children Russell (9 years) and Ryan (4 years), were last heard from at approximately 1:21 AM on Wednesday August 2nd, 1989 when Ronnie called his mother in the Burns Lake area.

It is believed that shortly after that phone call, the family left their home on Strathcona Avenue in Prince George with an unknown male in a dark coloured 4×4 pick-up. Although the family was expected to return in 10 days, they have never been seen since.

Throughout the investigation, several properties have been identified and searched as possible burial sites for the Jack family, but no evidence of the family turned up.

Age progressed images of the missing Jack family – Doreen, Ronnie, Russell and Ryan

On Wednesday August 28th, Thursday August 29th and Friday August 30th, 2019, members of the investigative team from the Prince George RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit, conducted a search on an area of property on the Saik’uz First Nation, south of Vanderhoof, BC.

The search was conducted with the help of expert civilian consultants and included the use of ground penetrating radar and heavy equipment. No evidence of the Jack family was found.

The search took place with the support of the Saik’uz Chief, Council and Elders who were on site for much of the three days.

Since the family was reported missing on August 25th, 1989, the Prince George RCMP have conducted hundreds of interviews and obtained or created thousands of documents as part of this investigation.

Approximately 60 banker boxes full of documents obtained or created during this investigation.

Police believe the following occurred:

  • Ronnie spoke to a man at the First Litre Pub on the evening of Tuesday August 1st, 1989;
  • Ronnie and his partner Doreen, were offered jobs at a logging camp or ranch thought to be near Clucluz Lake, approximately 40 kilometres west of Prince George or about half way to Vanderhoof on Highway 16;
  • As Ronnie and Doreen did not own a vehicle, the unknown man offered to drive the Jack family to the camp or ranch. The man accompanied Ronnie back to his residence, about four blocks from the pub and waited while the family packed;
  • Ronnie called his brother in Southbank, BC at 11:16 PM.
  • Approximately two hours later, Ronnie called his parents in Burns Lake, BC at 1:21 AM on Wednesday August 2nd;
  • At approximately 1:30 AM, the Jack family drove off with the unknown man in a dark coloured four wheel drive pick-up truck.

The unknown male has been described as:

  • Caucasian male
  • 35 to 40 years old
  • 183 cm to 198 cm (6to 66`) tall
  • 91 to 125 kg (200 to 275 lbs)
  • Reddish-brown hair with a full beard
  • Wearing a ball cap, red checkered work shirt, faded blue jeans, blue nylon jacket, and work boots with leather fringes over the toes.
Sketches of the suspect as described by witnesses in 1989 & 1990.

This investigation continues to be led by the Prince George RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit and the case remains active.

Anyone with information about the Jack family, where they are or who is responsible for their disappearance, to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to an arrest or the location of the family, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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