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Cold Cases: Michael Dunahee, Victoria (1991)

The Story

On March 24, 1991, four-year-old Michael Dunahee wanders toward a playground while his mom plays touch football. He is out of sight for only a moment - and simply vanishes. The abduction, as Victoria police label it the next day, is a shocking crime never before known in that city. As we see in this clip from two months after Michael's disappearance, the effort to find him is spreading across the country. And in Victoria, the boy's parents and the police are resolute in their belief that Michael is still alive -- based, they say, on both logic and faith.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: May 22, 1991
Guest(s): Bruce Dunahee, Crystal Dunahee, John Smith
Host: Barbara Frum
Reporter: Bill Cameron
Duration: 14:45
America's Most Wanted is produced by 20th Century Fox.

Did You know?

• Michael Dunahee was born on May 12, 1986. He disappeared at 12:30 p.m. on March 24, 1991 from the Blanshard Street playground and has not been seen since.

• In 2002, Crystal Dunahee told the media that British Columbia should have an Amber Alert system, which she believes could have helped her son return home safely after his abduction.

• In 2006, the Victoria Times Colonist reported that police had offered a $100,000 reward, and were actively pursuing 10 solid tips from the 550 they had received. Their case file contained 14,000 pieces of paper.

• In January 2009, a new possible lead emerged. A missing persons poster for Michael Dunahee was found in the Wisconsin home of the late Vernon Seitz, a man who claimed to be a psychic and had contacted families of abducted children. According to CBC News, during his dying days Seitz asked his psychiatrist to tell police that he had killed a boy in 1959 and knew of another child killing.

• Each year the town of Esquimalt, B.C. holds a five-kilometre "Keep Hope Alive" run "to raise awareness and funds for Michael and all other missing children across B.C." The "We will never forget Michael Dunahee" Facebook group had more than 6,000 members as of 2009.



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