Helen Claire Frost

Helen Claire Frost was born on the 17th October, 1952. Her parents were Daphne and Dennis Frost, and she had an older sister called Sandy. In 1956, the family moved from London, England to Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Dennis worked as a sweeper operator, and the family was described as being stable.

In 1969, Helen moved to Prince George, British Columbia, and in November 1969 Sandy joined her. The sisters shared an apartment on the 1600 Block of Queensway, along with a woman called Darlene and Darlene’s young child.

In the spring of 1970, Helen went to a home for unwed mothers in Kamloops to give birth to a daughter, Sandra Jeanette. Sandra Jeanette was born on 13th May, 1970. Shortly after this, Helen returned home, but her daughter was taken into government care. Helen tried to regain custody of her daughter, but she was unsuccessful. Sandy said that Helen came out of the social workers office “just bawling her eyes out, and we never talked about it again.” Helen’s relationship with the father of Sandra, Stefan Grumpner, broke down between the birth of her child and Helen’s disappearance.

Whilst Helen lived in Prince George, she worked a number of jobs including a busgirl in Hudson’s Bay Company cafeteria, and a gas station painter for a company that worked between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

Although Helen was considered to be an introvert and quite shy, she also could be very spontaneous. In the summer of 1967 (Helen was 14 and Sandy was 15), the pair went to Abbotsford to work as berry pickers. The next summer, 1968, the sisters went to Penticton and ended up hitchhiking and sleeping outside due to the jobs they were promised not working out. They would often ride with truckers who would buy them a meal and contact other truckers to take them on the next part of their journey. Helen was comfortable with this high-risk behaviour.

On 13th October, 1970, Helen decided to go for a walk. She asked her sister Sandy if she wanted to come, but Sandy declined as it was too cold. Helen then left their apartment at around 8:20pm, saying she was only going for a quick walk. This was the last time anyone saw Helen.

Helen Claire Frost

Sandy reported Helen missing on 15th October, 1970. Sandy said she did not report Helen missing immediately as she thought she could have been at a friends house. But once it had reached two days, and Sandy nor Helen’s friends had heard from her, Sandy filed a missing persons report with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Sandy told the RCMP that Helen had left her identification, money, and clothes behind. After filing the report, Sandy said she felt like the RCMP did not do anything to help, and Sandy said that because she was so young and inexperienced at the time she did not push the RCMP to do more for her sister.

The search efforts to find Helen were mostly done by Sandy and Sandy’s friend. Sandy’s friend did determine that a truck driver had seen Helen hitchhike from the Husky gas station in Prince George, but the RCMP were unable to verify this. Sandy has been the lead driving force behind the search for Helen, along with the help of some friends. As the RCMP do not have a statues of limitations on serious cases, Helen’s case still remains open. In 2017, new officers were assigned to Helen’s case.

In 2018, Helen’s daughter Sandra Jeanette (now known as Michelle Johnson), reached out to Sandy after searching for her birth mother. Later in 2018, Sandy and Michelle were reunited for the first time.

In her efforts to find Helen, Sandy has put up missing person flyers, written articles and created a Facebook group to help find her sister. Sandy also pushed for Helen to be added to the E-Pana list of victims who have gone missing along Highway 16, also known as the Highway of Tears. The RCMP denied this request, stating that Helen’s case did not fit the criteria which is a contradiction as there are many cases similar to Helen’s on the E-Pana. At the moment, there are 18 victims on the list, and none have been added since 2007.

There is no evidence that Helen was involved in an accident which caused her disappearance, there have also never been any remains found that have been identified as Helen’s. There is also no public knowledge of any witnesses coming forward about an accident that involved Helen.

Although Helen has run away in the past, Sandy says that it was not the case as Helen left all her clothes, money and identification behind. Sandy also does not think Helen committed suicide, as there was no note behind. However, it is likely that Helen was feeling a bit stressed at the time of her disappearance, due to living in an apartment with a young child after having to give up her own, and the breakdown of her relationship with Stefan Grumpner.

On the 30th May, 1974, a woman’s remains were found in a shallow grave, wrapped in a blanket. The remains were found in the wooded area behind a house on Shewville Road, Connecticut. The distance between Shewville Road and Prince George, where Helen was last seen, is 3,014 miles (4,851 kilometers). The remains were skeletal when they were found. In July 2018, internet sleuth Joseph Calash, pointed out that these could be the remains of Helen Frost. As of 5th June, 2020, the Connecticut State Police and RCMP are actively working to determine if this Jane Doe is, in fact, Helen Claire Frost. At the moment, this Jane Doe is known as New London County Jane Doe or Lorraine Stahl.

As of 2021, Helen is still classified as missing and her case still remains open. Helen is the first victim of the Highway of Tears, but the RCMP still refuse to add her name to the E-Pana list of victims.

Helen’s missing poster


True crime, missing, unsolved, indigenous, Canada

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