Each day this week, the Prince Albert Police Service will present some of its missing person files still under investigation to the public as part of Missing Persons Week.
Proclaimed by the provincial government for the week of May 4-10, Saskatchewan Missing Persons Week seeks to increase public awareness on the many reasons people may go missing, highlighting five of the most frequent causes.
Those causes include foul play, accidents, mental health, runaways and parental child abduction, with each day of the week themed around a different factor.
Saskatchewan Missing Persons Week officially launched on Monday with a ceremony at the TC Douglas Building in Regina organized by the Provincial Partnership on Missing Persons. The ceremony acknowledged all-long term missing persons in the province.
Speaking at a press conference in Prince Albert the same day, Sgt. Brandon Mudry noted that missing persons cases remain active on an open-ended basis -- remaining open until investigators can reach a conclusion.
“They’re always active,” Mudry said. “They’re promoted through Missing Persons Week, they’re promoted through Crimestoppers, and we just ask the public that if anyone has any information in regard to these investigations that they come forward with it. They’re still very much open investigations.”
Prince Albert police on Monday released information related to two local missing persons cases filed under the category of foul play.
They’re still very much open investigations. Sgt. Brandon Mudry
June Ann Johnson was last seen on Aug. 3, 1979, when she was driven to the Marlboro Hotel in Prince Albert by a family friend. She is 5’4” tall, weighs 130 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
Meanwhile, Robert Allan Wiggins was last seen in the Prince Albert area on July 28, 1980. He is 5’10” in height, weighs 180 pounds and has blue eyes.
Mudry acknowledged the difficulties that older files can create due to the changing physical appearance of missing persons.
“You have to take into consideration that people change over a period of time,” Mudry said.
“We’re just going on based how she looked at the time of disappearance. So absolutely, over a period of time people can change, but we just go on that initial disappearance description.”
Police in longstanding missing persons cases continue to maintain contact with family members, while conducting interviews relevant to the case should opportunities present themselves.
Anyone with information regarding any of the missing persons mentioned throughout the week should contact the Prince Albert Police Service at 306-953-4222 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).