A Celebration of Life will be held in Fort St. John on Thursday for Rene Lynn Gunning, whose remains were discovered in Grande Prairie, Alta. last month.

Gunning’s father, Jo, has been speaking out about his daughter’s death after her remains were identified through dental records, more than six years after she went missing in February 2005.

Jo Gunning says he wants to remind people that the “Highway of Tears” does not just exist near Prince George, B.C., but that people go missing every day across Canada. He is urging young people not to hitchhike and has previously stated that he is committed to taking that message to students.

He says there are women who go missing every day and young people need to be made more aware of the dangers of hitchhiking. He says his daughter thought she was invincible but now she will never return home.
Rene Gunning was 20 years-old when she disappeared with 16 year-old Krystle Anne Knott of Dawson Creek.
The two young women were last seen in Edmonton after allegedly finishing a bottle of vodka near the West Edmonton Mall’s Ice Palace. They told friends that they planned to hitchhike to either Fort St. John or Dawson Creek.
The Celebration of Life will be held at the Friendship Centre from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Fort St. John Friendship Society in care of Sisters in Spirit.