Anniversary of little Michael Dunahee’s disappearance passes

Victoria police continue to actively investigate missing person case

Twenty-one years ago today (March 24), little Michael Dunahee disappeared from a Victoria park, sparking one of the largest police investigations in Canadian history.

Victoria police continue to investigate the missing person case.

Four-year-old Michael vanished from the playground at the former Blanshard elementary school on March 24, 1991. He was last seen around 12:30 p.m.

While Michael played at the playground, his mother Crystal was getting ready for a football game at the nearby field.

His father Bruce stood just metres away checking a game score. When Bruce looked over at the playground, he couldn’t see his little boy.

Within a half hour, police officers were combing the area.

This time last year, Michael’s parents, who live in Esquimalt, spoke at a police press conference in the hopes of generating tips that could lead them to their son. Michael would now be 25 years old.

“(His memories) are still embedded in our lives and in our hearts,” Crystal said at the time. “We know someone is out there who knows what happened. We need to find closure so we can move forward.”

Over the years, Cyrstal has become an advocate for missing children. She heads Child Find B.C.

In 2002 she lobbied for the introduction of the Amber Alert system in which information about missing children is promptly relayed to the public through different media channels.

Anyone with information about Michael Dunahee’s disappearance is asked to call the Victoria Police Department tip line at 250-995-7444 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

For details on the case or to see an age-enhanced photo of what Michael may look like today, please visit michaeldunahee.ca.

 

-with files from Erin Cardone.

emccracken@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Mom who lost son to brain tumour in March joins the 24th annual Brain Tumour Walk

The Brain Tumour Walk takes place at the University of Victoria on Sunday, May 26

Comic Con announces winning artist in $500 ViGuy competition

Van Isle Comic Con announce judges’ award winner, People’s Choice voting now open

Sooke woman is ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at Thetis Lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Victorian makes gridlock fun with traffic bingo

How far into your drive before you yell BINGO?

Throwback Thursday: Shamrocks revisit the 1950s with new uniforms

Victoria team introduces its new white jersey for the 2019 70th anniversary season

VIDEO: Journey of SD62 Aboriginal graduates recognized at ceremony

‘Enriching and empowering’ ceremony encourages students to hold onto their identities

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana growing ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Building a close-knit community in Sooke

Knit 2 Purl Together a community event

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Most Read