Police still seeking answers on mystery of missing family

Nearly three decades after their disappearance, Prince George RCMP remain hopeful a particular person will step forward who may have the clues that will solve the mystery of what happened to the Jack Family.

Husband Ronald (Ronnie), wife Doreen, both 26 years old, and children Russell, 9, and Ryan, 4, were last heard from during the early morning of Aug. 2, 1989 when Ronnie called his mother in the Burns Lake area. It is believed that shortly after that phone call, the family departed their home on Strathcona Avenue in Prince George.

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They have never been seen since.

In the time that followed, someone anonymously provided information to a third party by telephone and then regular mail. The third party passed that information to police but RCMP have hit a dead end and are asking the original source to contact them directly.

"We would like to speak to this individual in order to gain greater clarity and insight into the information that was provided" said Staff Sergeant Kent MacNeill, in charge of the Prince George RCMP's Serious Crime Section. "Every bit of information we receive has the potential to further this investigation."

Anyone else who may know something about the disappearance and has not yet spoken to police is also urged to reach out.

"The disappearance of the Jack family has greatly impacted many for nearly three decades, but none more than their family and friends" says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. "Having information about what may have happened to the Jack family must weight heavy on anyone with it. Please come forward and help provide some much needed answers to this mystery."

According to the RCMP's National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains website, Ronald Jack met a man at a Prince George pub on Aug. 1, 1989. The two went back to the Jack's home and during the early morning hours of the next day, Ronald call his mother to say he and Doreen were leaving for a "camp job."

It also appeared they took their children along after they were told there was daycare at the camp. Ronald had indicated to his mother that they would be gone for about 10 days, and that they would be back for Russell to start the school year in September. However, they never returned and they were reported missing on Aug. 25, 1989.

Anyone with information about the family or what happened to them is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers and if you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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