N.S. police search home linked to suspect in teen's disappearance
Published Saturday, March 9, 2013 6:13PM EST
Police and the medical examiner’s office spent Saturday continuing to search a home in Shad Bay, N.S. that belongs to the brother of an incarcerated man who is a suspect in “several homicides” in Eastern Canada.
Local RCMP would only say Saturday that they are at the home in relation to an ongoing investigation. CTV Atlantic has confirmed that the home belongs to the brother of Andrew Paul Johnson, who has long been considered a suspect in the disappearance of Kimberly McAndrew.
McAndrew was 19 years old when she went missing in August 1989 after finishing her shift at a local Canadian Tire. While the search for McAndrew went on for years, police failed to make a break in the case.
Johnson is serving time in a B.C. prison for kidnapping and unlawful confinement. Documents from the National Parole Board obtained by CTV show Johnson has a long history of sexual offences, and in 2001 was declared a dangerous offender. That status was revoked in 2006, but reinstated two years later.
In May 2011, the board denied him parole, saying to Johnson: “You continue to be a suspect in several homicides in Eastern Canada.”
McAndrew’s sister told CTV that police have been in touch with her family to let them know about the search at the Shad Bay home. However, police did not say the search was linked with a specific investigation.
Police also told CTV that Johnson’s brother is not connected to the search.
Local resident Linda Slaunwhite went to the home on Saturday to observe the police at work. She told CTV that she believes she is one of the last people to speak with McAndrew as a customer at the Canadian Tire store.
“I’ve been thinking about her ever since, especially where I last saw her and I was the last one she waited on,” Slaunwhite said. “It’s bothered me ever since.”
Saturday marked the third day that investigators were at the home, and police said they will remain there indefinitely.
With a report from CTV Atlantic’s Garreth MacDonald