Project Prayer for The Missing- Kerry Johnson


Missing since :09/14/82
Missing from: Salem, Marion County, Oregon.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 11/27/64
Age at disappearance: 17
Weight:160 pounds
White female
Dentals: Not available
DNA: Not available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Johnson was last seen hitchhiking to her cousin’s home in Salem, Oregon on September 14, 1982. She never arrived at the house and has not been heard from since that time.

If you have any information concerning Johnson’s case, please contact:
Salem Police Department
Missing Persons Unit

At age 15 Kerry ran away for about six months.  She worked at a carnival, she is 5’7″, built solid and knew how to take care of herself.  The situation at home was such that even while gone, she still called Mom every two weeks to say “I’m ok, just not ready to come home yet.”  When she did return, she was 16, she got emancipated and lived with me for two years.  All was well, she had friends and was working.  But then she and a girlfriend decided to take some time off and go work at a carnival.  They were hitch-hiking, Kerry learned to defend herself against our brother Rock, so she could take care of herself.  Anyway the first truck they got into was going to CA and they decided to go visit my cousin down there.  On the way they made some new friends, then returned home.

The girlfriend and her boyfriend and Kerry then drove to Reno to work at the fair.  But Kerry was restless, so she went back to see the friends in CA.  She called us from their house on 9-14-82 and said she was heading back to Reno and would be home (in Oregon) on 10-1.  That is the last we ever heard from her.  My Dad went to school with a lady who is a psychic, her son knew Kerry, and Helen had helped the police find kids already.  So she did a reading and said Kerry got in a truck with Spanish writing on it, that she had gotten really sick, but that she wasn’t dead.  Three months later before Mom and Dad headed to CA to look for her (she is in the police records as involuntarily missing) Helen did another reading and said Kerry was much better, she had taken a leadership position and she had a cat.  Those last two are definitely Kerry traits!  But that she had accepted the people she was with as her family and did not know she was missing.

Since there were already people in jail and unwed Moms and lots of drug use in our family, plus how close we have all been, there just isn’t anything Kerry could have gotten into that she wouldn’t have let someone know where she was, if she could. Plus she was the last of all the cousins to turn 18 and we had been planning a big sex, drugs and rock and roll party for months, on her b/day as we would all be old enough then to thumb our noses at rules – SMILE!   So we figure either she got sucked into a cult, or she is a Jane Doe somewhere.   

We just ask God to watch over her where ever she is, to watch over all missing children and their families, and if it is His will, that they would come home to their families.
Connie Backes-Sister

If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons  at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687.

All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.

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