10/22/2013 22:43 EDT | Updated 12/22/2013 05:12 EST

'They thought Dad had killed Mom'

A Surrey, B.C., woman has spoken about being reunited with her mother in Whitehorse, 52 years after the mother mysteriously vanished from the family home.

Linda Evans was a young child when her mother, Lucy Ann Johnson, disappeared in 1961.

Johnson's husband was considered to be the prime suspect in her alleged murder until the day he died, but no evidence or remains was ever found.

Then in June, police reopened the cold case and Evans was inspired to track down her mother.

Evans spoke to the CBC's Deborah Goble about what it was like to meet her mother — and a new half-sister — after all these years.