Details of Disappearance
Johnson was last seen at Big Rock Base Camp in Idaho County, Idaho, fourteen miles from the town of Powell, on October 2, 2018.
She worked as a camp cook for Richie Outfitters, which organizes hunting trips in the Montana and Idaho wilderness. The place she disappeared from is only accessible on foot or by horseback. She had previously worked as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, and her friends stated had good survival skills and 25 years of wilderness experience.
She was last seen when the hunters left the camp. The next day, October 3, the hunters had radio contact with Johnson, but were unable to understand what she was saying. She has never been heard from again. When the hunters returned to the campsite on October 5, Johnson and her Border Collie dog, named Ace, were both gone. She had left her jacket behind on a table, lying on top of her gun.
The search for Johnson was called off on October 16. Three weeks later, Ace was found wandering alone at the Moose Creek ranger station, about fifteen miles from the campsite Johnson disappeared from. Although underweight, the dog was in good health. A photo of Ace is posted with this case summary. There was no sign of Johnson.
Johnson's daughter, who lives out of state, does not believe her mother's disappearance was intentional. Her case remains unsolved.