Missing August 1st 1989

The Jack Family 1989
Doreen Ann Jack – Age: 26
Ronald “Ronnie” Jack – Age: 26
Russell Jack – Age: 9
Ryan Jack – Age: 4




The Disappearance

On Tuesday, August 1, 1989, Ronnie Jack left the First Litre Pub in Prince George, British Columbia, feeling hopeful. At 26 years old, Ronnie had been out of work due to a back injury, and the Jack family had been living on welfare. Someone at the bar that night offered to help. 

Old First Litre Pub

The man told Ronnie about a job opportunity for him and his wife, Doreen, at a logging camp or ranch in the Cluculz Lake area, about 40 km west of Prince George, past Bednesti. Ronnie was offered a job bucking logs, and Doreen was offered a position as a cook’s helper in the camp kitchen. The man told Ronnie the camp even had a day care for the couple’s two sons: Russell, who was 9 years old, and Ryan, who was 4. The Jacks didn’t have a car, so the man offered to drive them to the job site that night.

At 11:16 p.m., Ronnie called his brother and told him about the “camp job.” Two hours later, he called his parents in Burns Lake, B.C. Ronnie said the family would be at the site for 10 to 14 days and would be home by the time school began.

 

Apartment Block

The man waited for Ronnie, Doreen, Russell and Ryan to pack their belongings. At 1:21 a.m. on August 2, 1989, all four members of the Jack family were seen leaving their home at 2116 Strathcona Avenue, and piling into the man’s four-wheel drive, dark-coloured pickup truck.

 

 

The Suspect

Suspect in Jack Family disappearance

He was described as Caucasian, 6’ to 6’6” tall with reddish-brown hair, a short, full beard and moustache.

His hair went to the bottom of his ears and was parted on one side. In 1989, he was 35 to 40 years old, and approximately 200 to 275 lbs. He was wearing a baseball cap, a red checkered work shirt, faded blue jeans, a waist-length blue nylon jacket and work boots with leather fringes over the toes. 

A Tip

Nearly seven years later, the most significant tip about the Jack family’s disappearance came early on a Sunday morning in January. On January 28, 1996, at 8:33 a.m., a man in Stoney Creek, B.C., called Vanderhoof police with a brief message: 

The Jack family are buried in the south end of (?) ranch.

The Police would eventually trace the call to a residence in Vanderhoof. There was a party going on at the residence at the time of the phone call and the person or persons making the call was never identified and they have never called back.

Descriptions

Ronald Paul Jack

Age Enhanced 40 years

Date of Birth: circa 1963
Age: 26 years old
Race: Native
Gender: Male
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Ronnie
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

Russel Fabian Jack

Age Enhanced 40 years

Date of Birth: circa 1980
Age: 9 years old
Race: Native
Gender: Male
Height: 4’0″
Weight: 88 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

Ryan Paul Jack

Age Enhanced 40 years

Date of Birth: circa 1985
Age: 4 years old
Race: Native
Gender: Male
Height: 3’3″
Weight: 55 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

Doreen Ann Jack

Age Enhanced 40 years

Date of Birth: circa 1963
Age: 26 years old
Race: Native
Gender: Female
Height: 5’2″
Weight: 110 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

Jack Family Podcast from Cold Case Canada

Anyone who may have information that might help 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. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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