Mounties looking for pair of missing people
Kamloops Mounties are trying to track down a teen who hasn’t been seen in more than three weeks.
Darren Jansen, 17, was last seen on April 6, when he left Kamloops with a backpack full of personal items and about $300 in cash.
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said investigators believe Jansen originally travelled to the Lower Mainland, as indicated by text messages and Facebook posts sent to friends and family.
However, police believe he might now be in the 100 Mile House area with a girlfriend, also 17.
Jansen is described as a First Nations teen, but he appears to be white.
He stands six feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing jeans, a light blue hat and a black jacket with red and white patches.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
• Kamloops Mounties are hoping tips from the public will help a local family track down a woman missing since last week.
Learned said Leah Rochelle Dawn Johnson’s family hasn’t seen or heard from the 31-year-old since April 19, when she spoke to her mother.
“It’s uncharacteristic for her to be away from home and out of contact with her family,” Learned said, explaining Johnson usually has contact with her family about every other day.
“There’s always a concern when a female goes missing.
“There’s nothing to suggest she has a direction or a route she might be going. That raises a concern and it’s one that I think anyone would recognize.”
Learned said Johnson has been going through “a stressful period” lately, but wouldn’t elaborate about what that means.
“She’s dealing with a lot of issues.”
Learned said Johnson has an estranged husband, but that investigators have ruled out a possible connection between him and her disappearance.
Police checked Johnson’s residence and found nothing out of the ordinary.
Learned said she has talked in the past about going to the Lower Mainland, and police agencies in the Vancouver area are being made aware of the file.
Johnson is a white woman, standing five-foot-two and weighing approximately 100 pounds.
She has long dark hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.