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40 years later, RCMP say the search continues for missing Chilliwack girl

Joanne Pederson disappeared from the Sardis area in February of 1983 and would be 50 years old today

It’s been 40 years since a Chilliwack girl went missing, and RCMP are still hoping to find out what happened to her.

On Feb. 19, 1983 Joanne Pederson disappeared. On a cold and wet day, the girl was walking home with her sister and a cousin. The older girls bolted ahead after an argument and when Joanne got to her house it was locked and she couldn’t get in.

She walked to the nearby Penny Pincher convenience store near the corner of Vedder Road and Watson Road. Joanne called her mom from a payphone around 8:20 p.m., and that’s the last anyone heard from her. By the time her mom and stepfather arrived to pick her up around 30 minutes later, Joanne was gone.

According to Chilliwack Progress coverage, a massive search was conducted involving the RCMP, Chilliwack Search and Rescue and even armed forces members from CFB Chilliwack. The Progress offered a $1,000 reward for information, and tips were received. An unknown man wearing a brown jacket was seen with the girl in the phone booth, and only recently have police been able to identify that man. He was ruled out as a suspect, leaving RCMP no closer to cracking the case.

FULL ARTICLE: https://www.theprogress.com/news/forty-years-later-rcmp-say-the-search-continues-for-missing-chilliwack-girl/

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