Rose Doolan came to Juneau this week hoping to see her brother for the first time in 32 years.
"We love him and we want him home," the British Columbia woman said after finding no signs of Judge Anthony Robinson in Alaska's capital.
Robinson had been appointed a provincial judge in British Columbia about a year before he disappeared. On Feb. 14, 1972, he was last seen aboard his boat heading home in inclement weather to the community of Kincolith, B.C. He never arrived, Doolan said.
Neither his boat nor his body was ever found, she said.
Next Monday would be his 70th birthday, she added.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Prince Rupert, Robinson is still considered to be missing at sea.
Doolan said a man matching Robinson's description reportedly was seen around Juneau earlier this year.
She said it is possible her brother has amnesia and is living on his boat up the coast, not knowing he has a family looking for him in Kincolith or that he belongs to the House of Chief Mountain.
"My mom and father went to the grave not believing he died," she said.
Her mother died in 1996, a couple of years after hearing that someone matching his description had been seen in Ketchikan. She always regretted not checking out the story, Doolan said.
Last week, she arrived in Juneau on the ferry from Prince Rupert. She brought fliers bearing a picture of her brother the way he looked 32 years ago, along with a plea for help in finding him.
Doolan said she has left fliers in Southeast Alaska communities where the ferry stops. She believes he may be living on his boat, which was named Boston Rock.
"A man we spoke to downtown said he believed he had seen (someone matching the description of her brother) at McDonald's and Alaskan & Proud," she said. She added that the man is looking for also may have been seen at the library.
More recently, though, someone fitting her brother's description was seen in Hoonah, she said.
Doolan said she is hoping to find the man who has been seen sailing in the Southeast who looks like her brother. At least that would solve one mystery, she said.
She plans to head home on the ferry after midnight tonight.
"I have a big family at home waiting for him," she said, referring to her bother. She has two younger and two older sisters, one brother, plus many nieces and nephews who want to see their uncle.
People who believe they may have information about Robinson can call the RCMP in Prince Rupert at (250) 624-2136 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Tony Carroll can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.