Mary Johnson a 39-year-old indigenous American citizen of the Tulalip Tribes went missing on November 25, 2020 while on her way to a friend’s home in Oso, Washington, the day before Thanksgiving, but she never made it. A year later, her disappearance remains a mystery.
Even though family members have posted flyers, put up a billboard on a local interstate, and a reward for information was offered by the FBI, Johnson, like many other missing Indigenous women in the United States, has not been found.
“At this point, we’re information-driven, any information we get is followed up on, but leads are harder and harder to find as we get further along,” said Wayne Schakel, a detective sergeant with the Tulalip Tribal Police Department.
What Happened to Mary Johnson?
On November 25, Mary had arranged for a friend to pick her up on Fire Trail & give her a ride to Arlington, but it is not known if she reached her destination; her husband reported her missing on December 9th.
Mary is 5’6, 105 pounds, and Native American w/ brown hair, brown eyes, and one or more tattoos including a sun on her upper arm; she may use the surname Davis and/or wear glasses.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is advised to contact Detective David Sallee with the Tulalip Tribal Police @ 360-716-5962.
39-year-old Mary E. Johnson was last seen walking on Fire Trail Road in Tulalip, Washington on December 1st. Mary had arranged for a friend to pick her up on Fire Trail & give her a ride to Arlington, but it is not known if she reached her destination; her husband reported her pic.twitter.com/scvnRLVqNR
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Executive Order to curb Crisis of Violence against Native Americans
On November 15, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies, including the departments of Justice, Interior, and Homeland Security, to create a strategy within 240 days to address this “crisis of violence” against Native Americans.
While signing the order, Bide said, “For far too long, justice has been elusive for many Native American victims, survivors, and families. Criminal jurisdiction complexities and resource constraints have left many injustices unaddressed”
The President further said, “previous executive action has not achieved changes sufficient to reverse the epidemic.” Nearly 5,300 American Indian and Alaska Native girls and women were reported missing last year, data from the National Crime Information Center shows. Of those cases, 578 were reported “active” at the end of the year.