41,035 missing person reports were filed in Canada in 2013 of adults who had gone missing. 85% of those cases were solved within a week. The families of those who have remained missing over the years reached out to the fifth estate after we launched the Finding Emma campaign. Here are some of their stories:
Missing: Luke Degerness
D.O.B.: June 29, 1993
Date reported missing: June 7, 2007
Last seen: June 8, 2007
Location: Prince George, B.C.
Contact to report tips: 1-877-KID-TIPS (543-8477) or Prince George RCMP 250-561-3300
It’s what every parent of a missing child aches for. A phone call saying their child is still alive. In April 2014 a man claiming to be Luke Degerness called the MissingKids.ca hotline. He said he was looking for his mother’s contact.
Gina Degerness has long since moved away from the Prince George home she shared with Luke before he disappeared. But citing privacy reasons, the hotline declined to provide Gina’s number to the caller. He never called back.
Gina, is now appealing directly to Luke through the fifth estate, hoping against hope that the call was not a prank and that her son is still alive.