RCMP seek help on cold case

By Andru McCracken


Valemount RCMP are looking to get in touch with the family of Donald Edward Johnston, who was presumed to have died on October 29, 1972 at the age of 24.

Corporal Jacob Joslin put out the request on April 6th. He said there are no new developments, but he wished to get in contact with the family.

In October 1972, Johnson had lived in Valemount for 1-5 years, though reports on this differ. He worked for the BC Forest Service Engineers as a First Aid attendant. His boss there was Ted Szemecz. He was married and had a newborn child.

On the night of October 28, Johnston and friend Wayne Roberts were hunting near the Canoe River area when they shot a moose on the far side of the river. As it was just before dark, they tried to wade across the river to locate the moose. They made it across the river, but could not locate the moose. They decided to come back the next morning in the daylight. When attempting to wade back across, Johnston slipped and fell into the river. He has not been seen since.

We are interested in speaking with his wife and child (who would be 47 years old). Apparently they may have moved to Kamloops shortly after.
RCMP are hoping someone remembers the name of Donald Johnston’s wife or child, or know how to contact them his friend from Kamloops, Wayne Roberts.

Email information to jacob.joslin@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or call 566-4466.

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