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Coroner identifies remains as missing Prince Rupert resident

Improvements to DNA technology have allowed the BC Coroners Service to provide closure to the family of a Prince Rupert man who went missing in 1981.

The Coroners service says remains discovered on Mount Hays near the city have been positively identified as those of 19-year-old Robert William Johnston.

Johnston went missing in 1981, and despite extensive searches, he could not be found.

His remains were discovered by hikers on Mount Hays in 1995, but DNA technology at the time was not advanced enough to produce a viable profile.

A recent initiative by the Coroner’s Identification and disaster Response Unit to profile difficult unidentified remains cases produced a DNA profile which was compared to familial profiles and match to Johnston.

The BC coroner’s Service continues to investigate the death.

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