MISSING: Two years since Surrey woman apparently drove off in the middle of the night

Published: November 28, 2012

Sarabjit Johal went missing exactly two years ago, on Nov. 28, 2010. Submitted photo

LARISSA CAHUTE 
VANCOUVER DESI

It’s been two years since Sarabjit Johal vanished from her Surrey home, but her husband won’t give up hope.

“I’m still waiting for her,” Malkit Johal told Vancouver Desi on Wednesday. “It’s been two years today (and) there’s no clue for her.”

It was Nov. 28, 2010 when the 21-year-old newlywed was last seen in the home she shared with Malkit and his parents near 126th Street and 96 Avenue. Around 3:30 a.m. it’s believed she left the house in pajamas and took off in her green 1992 Toyota Camry. Days later RCMP found the car in New Westminster, but there was no trace of Johal. The car still sits in Malkit’s driveway today.

According to Malkit, the couple had only been married eight months at the time and he worked at a pizza shop and Johal worked as a cleaner at Chocolate Works in Coquitlam. Malkit returned home from work early that morning around 2:30 a.m. and Johal was waiting up for him, he said. They spoke briefly and then he left to a nearby gas station for a few things. When he returned he realized her car wasn’t in the driveway.

“Tried calling her, she didn’t answer,” he said.

So he waited a couple of hours and then called RCMP.

“Since then they’re looking,” he said.

While Johal’s case is still considered active with Surrey RCMP’s serious crimes and missing persons units, there hasn’t been much movement.

“There has been no significant changes or updates on the file,” said spokesman Cpl. Bert Paquette. “We are following on tips and or possible sightings when we do receive those calls, but since the disappearance of Johal these tips and or calls, or possible sightings … have become quite rare.”

While Malkit admit it’s “pretty frustrating” there’s been no trace of his wife, he commended RCMP for keeping in touch with him about the case.

But to this day he still can’t explain her disappearance, which he said was out of character for her.

“I didn’t understand — why did she do that?” he asked. “I’m waiting for the RCMP (to) call me anytime and tell me that we find her.”

Johal is described as five foot six inches tall, 146 pounds, with long brown hair.

She is of South Asian descent and was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt, green jacket and white pajama bottoms with green shading.

According to Malkit, officers told him there’s a chance she may have left the country or that she’s no longer alive.

“I hope she’s still here,” he said. “She’s a part of my life, so I’m waiting for her.”

Anyone with information on Johal is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers.






Featured

10914RALLY15_217980852

Saskatoon woman, 65, faces death if deported to native Pakistan: lawyer

EVAN RADFORD THE STARPHOENIX A woman in Saskatoon who fled to Canada from her native Pakistan over accusations of adultery has lost a bid to…
Continue Reading »

COLD_MURDER_SENTENCE_20130410_210705138

Man jailed for murder of Vancouver girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea (with video)

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A man who spent 12 years on the lam before being convicted in the fatal shooting of his teenage girlfriend wants…
Continue Reading »

calf

Villagers worship ‘miracle’ calf in India born with third eye (w/ video)

VANCOUVER DESI People are flocking to a small village in southern India to worship a “miracle” calf believed to be an incarnation of a Hindu…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

B.C. teachers, employers reach tentative deal

THE CANADIAN PRESS RICHMOND, B.C. — A tentative deal has been reached in the British Columbia teachers’ strike, a mediator confirmed Tuesday. The breakthrough in…
Continue Reading »

B.C. teachers, employers reach tentative deal

THE CANADIAN PRESS RICHMOND, B.C. — A tentative deal has been reached in the British Columbia teachers’ strike. The breakthrough in negotiations came early Tuesday…
Continue Reading »

B.C. teachers, employers reach tentative deal

THE CANADIAN PRESS RICHMOND, B.C. — A tentative deal has been reached in the British Columbia teachers’ strike. The breakthrough in negotiations comes on the…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

underwater photos

Gallery: Couples pose for ‘romantic and beautiful’ underwater photos

VANCOUVER DESI Some memories need to be captured in the most beautiful and romantic settings, especially when it comes to life’s important occasions involving weddings…
Continue Reading »

heptathlete India

Indian athlete with six toes on each foot attempts to overcome deformity to medal at Asian Games

C. RAJSHEKHAR RAO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI – Merely wearing shoes is painful for Swapna Barman. She was born with six toes on each…
Continue Reading »

striking teachers

Kids attending Surrey farm school likely helping to feed some striking teachers (w/video)

GLENDA LUYMES VANCOUVER DESI Instead of pencils and books, kids took up carrots and cucumbers Thursday at “farm school.” As the teachers’ strike stretches on,…
Continue Reading »

crime-Reeva Steenkamp

South Africa prosecuting authority unhappy with Oscar Pistorius judgement in shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

IANS Pretoria – South Africa’s top prosecuting authority Friday expressed its disappointment on not being able to secure a conviction on the original charge of…
Continue Reading »

body odour-discrimination

San Diego cabbies outraged by body odour test used to ban foul-smelling drivers

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Body odour is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures to the waiting media as he returns after visiting Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha at her office in Chennai, India, Monday, Sept.15, 2014. The former California Governor is in Chennai as part of a promotional event of Tamil movie ‘I’. AP Photo/Arun Sankar K

Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Chennai for Tamil film launch, says he’d love to work with Shankar

IANS Chennai  – Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was in Chennai on Monday as the chief guest for the audio launch of Tamil film I, said he…
Continue Reading »

Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur

Gallery: Bollywood actors Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra on ‘food yatra’

IANS New Delhi – The lead actors of “Daawat-e-Ishq” Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra have embarked on a ‘food tour’ to promote their upcoming…
Continue Reading »

Shah Rukh Khan Deepika Padukone Bollywood sex

Salman Khan: Shah Rukh Khan and Happy New Year team will promote film on ‘Bigg Boss’

IANS Mumbai – Actor Salman Khan, who is gearing up with “Bigg Boss” season 8 says his rival Shah Rukh Khan will promote his film…
Continue Reading »