Aug. 2, 2009 will mark the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of the Jack family from Prince George.
Despite the age of the case, Prince George RCMP Staff Sgt. Brad Anderson said police believe the case can be solved. Police are currently digitalizing hundreds of documents and records linked to the 20-year investigation.
“Part of doing that whole process is we get to go through each piece of that file,” Anderson said. “It is a whole new set of investigators and this is a very active investigation. By doing this kind of review on historical cases… we bring a fresh set of eyes.”
On Aug. 2, 1989 the Jack family parents Ronald and Doreen, four-year-old son Ryan and nine-year-old son Russell left their home on Strathcona Avenue and were never seen again.
The last reported sighting of Ronald Jack was at the First Litre Pub, near the family’s home. Eyewitnesses say Jack left the pub with a tall, hefty Caucasian man approximately 35 to 40 years old.
Witnesses described the man as having brownish-red hair, short beard and mustache, and wearing faded blue jeans, a red-checkered work shirt, blue nylon jacket and work boots with leather fringes over the toes.
Later, a relative told police the man had offered Jack and Doreen jobs at his logging camp in the Cluculz Lake area.
Ronald called his mother at 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 2, 1989, to tell her the good news about the couple’s jobs.
He said they would be away for 10 days to two weeks.
Investigators said the couple’s Prince George home appeared as if they had every intention of returning.
Anderson, who leads the Prince George RCMP major crimes unit, said someone knows what happened to the Jack family.
“That is why we want to keep these cases to the forefront,” he said. “We’re looking for the public to call us with information they may have.”
Nearly 13 years after the Jack family disappeared, Vanderhoof RCMP received a phone call from an unidentified man. The call was patched through to the Prince George police.
“The Jack family are buried at the south end of Gordie’s ranch,” the man told police.
Police searched the ranch they believed to be the one mentioned by the called, but found no evidence of the Jack family.
Police tracked the call to the Stoney Creek area, west of Fraser Lake.
There had been a party at the residence where the call was made, and police had been called to a noise complaint at the home. Interviews of the partygoers revealed nothing to further the investigation into the missing family.
Police are hoping the anonymous tipster will come forward again with information.
Ronald Paul Jack was 26 at the time of his disappearance, 5’6″ tall and 150 lbs. Doreen Ann Jack, also 26, was 5’2″ tall and 111 lbs.
Russell Jack was nine years old, 4′ tall and 90 lbs. Ryan Jack was four years old, 3′ tall and 55 lbs.
All had black hair, brown eyes and were of aboriginal descent.