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Investigation continues into 1989 disappearance of Prince George family

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“For four persons, including two children, to go missing is very unusual and in fact may never have happened in Canada before or since.”

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.: SEPT. 10, 2019 – The Jack family (from left to right: Ronald, Doreen, Ryan and Russell) of Prince George, B.C. [PNG Merlin Archive] HANDOUT / PRINCE GEORGE RCMP / PNG

It was the promise of work that prompted Ronald and Doreen Jack to pack up their belongings and their family, climb into a truck with an unknown man and leave their Prince George home in 1989.

The Jack family hasn’t been seen or heard from in the 30 years since.

On Tuesday, Prince George RCMP renewed their call for information, as the investigation into the missing Jack family continues.

“I would like to ask from the bottom of my heart that everyone with information come forward to police,” said Marlene Jack, sister of Doreen.

“Please help bring our family home.”


PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.: SEPT. 10, 2019 – The Jack family (from left to right: Ronald, Doreen, Ryan and Russell) of Prince George, B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE RCMP / HANDOUT

According to investigators, it’s believed Ronald, also known as Ronnie, spoke to a man at a neighbourhood pub the evening of Aug. 1, 1989 about securing work for himself and Doreen. The man offered the couple jobs at a logging ranch, thought to be located near Clucluz Lake, about 40 kilometres west of Prince George.

As the couple did not have a vehicle, the man offered to drive the Jack family to the ranch that evening. The man went with Ronnie to the Jack family home, about four blocks from the pub, and waited while the couple packed their belongings and gathered their two sons.

While packing, Ronnie called his brother in Southbank and his parents in Burns Lake. Around 1:30 a.m., the group piled into a dark four-wheel drive pickup truck and set off.

The family was set to return in 10 days but they never appeared and were reported missing on Aug. 25, 2019.

The man who drove off with the Jack family is described as a white man, about 35 to 40 years old, standing 6-foot to 6-foot-6 and weighing about 200 to 275 pounds. He had reddish-brown hair with a full  beard.


Investigative documents relating to the Jack family disappearance fill more than 60 boxes.

Over the years, police have identified several sites where the bodies of the Jack family may have been buried. The most recent excavation took place Aug. 28, 29 and 30 on a section of property on the Saik’uz First Nation, south of Vanderhoof, but no signs of the family was found.

Investigative documents about the Jack family’s disappearance have grown to fill more than 60 banker boxes, as police continue their efforts to locate the family.

“The disappearance of the Jack family over 30 years ago is a tragic and haunting memory in our community,” read a statement issued by Cpl. Craig Douglass.

“For four persons, including two children, to go missing is very unusual and in fact may never have happened in Canada before or since.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the Jack family’s disappearance or their whereabouts to contact investigators at 150-561-3300.

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