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Cold Case: The Jack family mysteriously vanished in BC

It was more than 30 years ago when Ronald “Ronnie” Jack called his mother and left Prince George behind.

That phone call, at 1:21 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1989, was the last time anyone heard from Jack, his wife Doreen, his nine-year-old son Russel and four-year-old Ryan. It is believed the Jack family left their Strathcona Avenue home and got into a pickup truck with an unknown man. They have never been seen since ….


The mystery of the Jack family began on Aug. 1, 1989.

Ronald Jack met a man at his local watering hole, the First Litre Pub, four blocks from the family home.

The white male offered them jobs at a logging camp that was reportedly near Clucluz Lake — also offering daycare services for their children, the mystery man said.

Ronald Jack told his parents they were going to work in the bush at the camp. They would be back in 10 days, so their son Russell could start school.

In the early morning hours, they left with the unknown male in a dark-coloured 4×4 pickup truck.

They were reported missing Aug. 25, 1989.

In the intervening decades, cops conducted hundreds of interviews, searched homes and scoured the bush looking for any trace of the family.

Not a single clue was left behind.

Cops say the mystery man — as described in 1989 — is a white male, 35-40 years old, 6-foot to 6-foot-6 in height with reddish-brown hair, a full beard and wearing a baseball cap, red checkered work shirt, faded jeans, blue nylon jacket, and work boots with leather fringes over the toes.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.

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