“Lucas, Please Call Us” Pleads Grandfather
Prince George, B.C. -There are glowing candles, and while friends and family gather to mark a birthday, this is no party. It is a vigil to mark the 22nd birthday of Lucas Degerness, who has been missing since June of 2007.
They have a birthday wish of their own, that Lucas will be found.Lucas was just 14 when he left a meeting at his school in Prince George where he and his mother had spoken with the vice-principal. The teen left and spent the night at the home of a friend, then disappeared.
His grandfather, Lynn Parry remains optimistic that his grandson is out there, somewhere “I think he just moved on with his life and doesn’t want to have anything to do with us” said Parry as tears threatened to spill from his eyes.
When Lucas disappeared, Parry says the family plastered the area of Prince George where Lucas was known to frequent and where friends suggested he might have gone with flyers. “We would put up the flyers, and the next day they would be torn down, then someone said they spotted him in the BCR ( industrial area on the east side of Prince George). We looked and looked, but couldn’t find him.”
There would be other searches, but none turned up any trace of the missing teen.
(at right Lucas Degerness as he looked at the time of his disappearance photo 250News archive)
Last year, a male, claiming to be Lucas, contacted the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s MissingKids.ca program in Winnipeg. All efforts to track down the caller failed says Lucas’ mother Gina Degerness “We don’t know if it was someone playing a cruel prank, or someone who thought I needed to have hope”. She now lives in Edmonton and wasn’t able to make it to what has become a painful annual event on the steps of the Prince George Courthouse but here heart is with those who gathered this evening “I haven’t lost hope.”
But for tonight, the only positive news is that the weather held up for the vigil “Last year it was 20 below, and the year before that was just unbearable” says Lynn Parry, but not nearly as unbearable as not knowing what has become Lucas.
“Lucas, please call us” is the message Lynn Parry sends to his grandson.
The disappearance of Lucas Degerness remains a missing person’s case with the RCMP. Anyone who may have any information on his disappearance is asked to contact the RCMP or CrimeStoppers
In June 2007, after a meeting at his school with his mom and vice-principal, then 14-year-old Lucas spent the night at a friend’s place before disappearing the following day. He was thought to be carrying a large camouflage backpack. His family has not seen him since that day seven years ago. Lucas’ 21st birthday was this January, another milestone his mom, Gina Degerness, marked without her son.