VIDEO: Keeping the hope alive, 28 years later

A Victoria police officer warms up with some young runners for the annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive Run on Sunday. (Nina Grossman/News Staff) A Victoria police officer warms up with some young runners for the annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive Run on Sunday. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
A Victoria police officer warms up with some young runners for the annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive Run on Sunday. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Runners warm up before the annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive Run on Sunday. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

It’s been 28 years since their son disappeared, but Crystal and Bruce Dunahee will never give up on finding Michael.

Over 140 people showed their support for the family on Sunday at the 28th annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive Run. The 5-km run or walk was open to people of all ages and abilities and started at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre, with all proceeds benefiting Child Find B.C.

“Basically, the message is we’re going to be continuing to do this even once Michael comes home,” said Crystal Dunahee. It’s about keeping that line of communication open with your children for personal safety. And letting families and children know that if something happens…we won’t give up on you.”

RELATED: Michael Dunahee case remains unsolved after 25 years

Michael Dunahee was four when he went missing from the playground of the former Blanshard Elementary School in March, 1991. The search that followed was one of the largest searches in Canadian history – and it never ended.

“We know that somebody knows what happened. We ask you to step forward,” said Victoria police chief Del Manak.“This shocked the community. Not just our community here but across Canada and across the world. I can tell you that it impacts our communities and our officers who have worked on this case for 28 years.”

Manak said over 300 Victoria police officers have been assigned to Michael’s case over the last 28 years and an additional 1,500 officers from other jurisdictions contributed, including the FBI and RCMP.

The police have received more than 11,000 tips on the case – and are still seeking more.

“Today we ask for more tips to come in,” Manak said. “This is an open and active investigation for the Victoria police department.”

Anyone with information about Michael’s disappearance is asked to contact Victoria police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

RELATED: 27th anniversary for the disappearamce of Michael Dunahee



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Saanich Police looking for information relating to suspicious death

The body of a man was found on Crease Avenue just after 9 a.m. on Saturday

250th Free Little Library installed in Victoria

Greater Victoria now has the highest density of mapped little libraries in the country

Urbanists hope to see Victoria’s unused rooftops, parkades, parking lots become usable green space

Downtown Residents Association says city dwellers should have access to parks

For the love of fibre: fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Cemetery tour explores Metchosin’s early history

A tour with grave consequences for those wishing to explore Metchosin’s history takes place Aug. 25

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

Most Read