Despite their abiding suspicions, without a body the cops were unable to charge Marvin with any crime. Over the years, investigators would continue to test Lucy’s DNA against any unidentified human remains that came their way. However, there were no clues and never any matches. Marvin went on to remarry and forbade Linda and Daniel to even mention their mother’s name. The old man died of natural causes in the 1990s.
But it was also natural for his children to wonder what had become of their mom. “I don’t remember much about my mother,” Linda sadly reported to the Canadian newspaper National Post in an interview from August 2013. “When my father remarried, me and my younger brother were not allowed to bring up Lucy’s name. So all I was left with were two little pictures of Lucy, and one bigger one. That is all I knew of my mother.”
Indeed, by 2013 so many years had passed since Johnson went missing that a breakthrough seemed unlikely. Linda, a former nursing home attendant, was herself a grandmother by this time. The then 49-year-old lived in a basement apartment in Surrey with her 16-year-old grandson who had special needs.