The mother of a 30-year-old Edmonton woman who vanished on Christmas Eve fears her daughter is already dead.
“I can’t feel her, I can’t feel my daughter,” Marless Johnson said Friday, her voice breaking. “My baby, I don’t know where she is.
“A mother knows. I know she’s gone.”
Johnson said she has no doubt her daughter was the victim of foul play.
Billie Wynell Johnson was last seen on the evening of Dec. 24 in the area of 113th Street and 107th Avenue.
On Thursday, two weeks after she vanished, Edmonton police identified a suspect vehicle and suspect driver in the case.
Investigators are now seeking the public’s help in tracking down the male driver and the pickup truck he was driving on the night of Johnson’s disappearance.
Police released surveillance images of the vehicle and urged anyone with information on Johnson’s disappearance to come forward.
The suspect vehicle identified by police, a black Dodge Ram, was captured on surveillance video leaving the downtown area and headed west out of the city between 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 1:14 a.m. on Christmas Day.
Police also released a surveillance image of the driver, in a blue sweater and black face mask, as he enters what appears to be a convenience store.
Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen the truck and driver on Christmas Eve or observed any suspicious activity involving either.
Marless Johnson said she spent time with her daughter earlier that night at her home near 111th Avenue and 130th Street.
Her daughter came by for a few hours on Christmas Eve. She seemed sad and sat down with her mother for a few drinks before returning home to the apartment where she had been living for several weeks a few blocks away.
That was the last time Johnson heard from her. She called to wish her daughter Merry Christmas the following morning but her calls went unanswered.
As Boxing Day came and went, she grew increasingly afraid about her daughter’s welfare.
Billie’s phone went dead. Her usually busy social media accounts fell silent.
Knocks on her apartment door that night and in the following days went unanswered.
Right away, Johnson had a bad feeling.
“I got this real ugly feeling in my chest,” she said. “I was so scared. This is so out of character for her.”