The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) and the family of Lucas Degerness are appealing to the public to come forward with any information about his disappearance or whereabouts. Ten years ago today, at age 14, Lucas disappeared from Prince George Secondary School in Prince George, British Columbia.
His mother, Gina Degerness, later discovered that Lucas had spent that summer night at a friend’s house and left sometime in the morning. He has never been seen again.
“Yet again, son, I haven’t heard your voice or seen your handsome face in so many years. This horrible limbo of a life is wearing me out. My heart breaks a little more each day,” said Gina Degerness. “I am super sad and hope that you have the heart to contact us. If you are unable to do so, perhaps someone who does know what has happened will contact us. There are many ways to do so and remain anonymous. I love you son, no matter what.”
Hope that Lucas is out there: 2014 tip
In March 2014, the Canadian Centre’s MissingKids.ca tipline received a call from a male stating he was Lucas Degerness. There were details about the short call that gave Gina hope that this could truly be him, including the name the caller used for her and the way he said his last name, which is usually mispronounced.
“Heartbreak is all too familiar for families of missing children, but calls like this bring new hope,” said Christy Dzikowicz, director of MissingKids.ca. “We have so much hope that Lucas is out there and that the public can help. Look at the age progression photo — really look. Does he look familiar to you? He could be anywhere in Canada, but we believe he is out there somewhere.”
On this anniversary of Lucas’ disappearance, MissingKids.ca asks that if you remember even the smallest piece of information, come forward and report what you know. It could mean bringing Lucas home. Tips and sightings can be submitted to MissingKids.ca online, by calling 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477) or by calling Prince George RCMP at (250) 561-3300.For more information or to set up interviews with Christy Dzikowicz and Gina Degerness, please contact:
Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection