Mary Johnson, 40, also known as Mary Johnson Davis, was reported missing on December 9, 2020 The FBI’s most searched website
. She was last seen on November 25, 2020 while walking on Firetrail Road in the Tulalip Indian Reservation
in Marysville, Washington on the way to a friend’s house. According to the FBI, it never arrived.
Her disappearance is being investigated by the FBI’s Seattle Field Office and the Tulalip Tribal Police.
After the disappearance, Johnson’s family posted a billboard on Interstate 5 near the reservation, telling anyone with information to contact the Tulalip Tribal Police CNN subsidiary KING-TV.
Johnson’s siblings talked about it KING TV
They only became aware of their sister’s disappearance when their estranged husband called the police.
“He said she’s been gone a few weeks and that she usually isn’t gone that long,” her sister Gerry Davis told KING 5.
“If Mary saw this video, please contact someone, somehow contact you if you are in trouble,” Davis said in one Video on Tulalip TV
. âIf she is not well, let her come home. Take her home, for graduation, for us when it happened like this. Because it is a terrible feeling not to know where you are. “
The FBI encourages anyone with information about their whereabouts or disappearance to call the Seattle office, their local FBI office, or post a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
A crisis of missing Indian women
Indigenous families with missing women or girls say their cases are often ignored by law
due to legal hurdles, including thorny tribal jurisdictions.
That forced them to highlight their cases through social media campaigns, marches and protests such as the annual march of the missing and murdered indigenous peoples.
The National Crime Information Center has registered approximately 1,500 Native American and Alaskan missing persons in the United States, and 2,700 murders have been reported to the federal government’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
The Ministry of Justice reported
On some reservations, Native American women are being murdered at a rate more than ten times the national average.
But the existing data is not comprehensive, say proponents.
Annita Lucchesi, a descendant of the Cheyenne tribe and executive director of the Sovereign Bodies Institute research group, has tabulated missing and murdered cases in recent years.
The indigenous-led group has documented 2,306 missing Native American women and girls
in the United States since the 1900s. About 58% of those cases were homicides, the group said in a report
In April, Home Secretary Deb Haaland announced a new unit in the Bureau of Indian Affairs to address the decade-long crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.
“Violence against indigenous peoples is a crisis that has been underfunded for decades,” Haaland said in one earlier statement.
“Far too often, murders and missing persons cases in the Indian country remain unsolved and untreated, devastating families and communities.”
“The new MMU unit will provide the resources and leadership to prioritize these cases and coordinate resources to hold people accountable, protect our communities and close families,” she added.
The new entity is expected to “wield the full weight of the federal government” to investigate the cases and coordinate resources between the federal agencies and the Indian country, according to the Home Office.
CNN’s Nicole Chavez contributed to this report.