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Title: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on April 04, 2007, 12:16:54 AM
Michael Wayne Dunahee was just four years old when he went missing from a Victoria playground at Blanshard Park Elementary School. It was March 24, 1991. His mother was playing ball in a nearby field while his father watched from the sidelines. Nobody saw what happened, but around 12:40 p.m., Michael had disappeared.

http://www.crimestoppers.net/details.php3?crimeID=394
http://www.missingchildren.ca/Files/MichaelDunahee.pdf


Michael Dunahee, Victoria (1991)
http://archives.cbc.ca/society/crime_justice/clips/17224/
A four-year-old boy vanishes from a playground with his parents nearby.
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: May 22, 1991
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on October 30, 2007, 05:14:32 PM
Here is where Outsider Theory would come into play. No similar abductions before in Victoria, according to one site, and then suddenly Michael Dunahee disappears....For any new phenomenon, you look for a new factor which influences or creates the criminal and the crime....
Give you another example: Austria had no history of violence against prostitutes. Then suddenly 4 or 5 of them get strangled. The killer was the son of a prostitute and an American soldier--Jack Unterwegger.

As for the Satanist angle, I don't think that would be anything new for Victoria. Although I'd look to see if there was anything new there too....
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on October 30, 2007, 09:22:01 PM
I was wondering about this case, was it a case of wrong time wrong place? In 1992 in Edmonton, some guy picked up some little girl off the street and raped and killed her. Only time he did it. 10 years later he was busted. Did was not from Edmonton, he was just really screwed up that day he said.

Could be what happened here. I think this case will be solved one day.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on October 31, 2007, 01:36:51 AM
Don't forget Tanya Murell,  kidnapped off the streets on her way home from school in the early 80's.

Crafty
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on October 31, 2007, 10:46:21 AM
That is the one in Edmonotn too right? I can't imagine how evil a person must be to do that to a kid and then leave the parents wondering for the rest of there life.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on October 31, 2007, 05:15:36 PM
Yes it was in 83, if I remember correctly.  I have a sister who was attending elementary school at the time and walking the same distance.  That is why I remember because we all had to take turns making sure she got home from school.  I wasn't even living at home at the time.  I would bus from school, pick her up, feed her lunch, walk her back to school, then I would head back to school myself.  As my dad was back in time to
pick her up at the end of the day.  I had to arrange with the high school to change around my classes so we could do this.  Oh and yes it was in Edmonton.

Crafty
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on October 31, 2007, 05:53:21 PM
That must have been scary. We left the Edmonotn area in Dec 82 or Jan 83 so I do not remember it at all. Although we had our fair share of those happen in Houston.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on October 31, 2007, 08:17:58 PM
I'd assume a good many of these kids feel victim to pedophiles too.

Has there ever been a cult murder in Canada involving kids even solved? That is an interesting idea, I remember hitchiking back in 92 and the driver told me I should not hitchike at Brooks Ab (between Calgary and Med Hat) because there were some devil worshippers.

I asked a person I knew one day about that who was from there, and she said all she heard was some stoners killing cows.

So do they exsist or is it myth? To this day, I have never read of anything happening in Brooks except there was a girl murdered who worked at Wal-mart last year (solved).
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 01, 2007, 12:34:01 PM
In 1992 in Edmonton, some guy picked up some little girl off the street and raped and killed her. Only time he did it. 10 years later he was busted. Did was not from Edmonton, he was just really screwed up that day he said.
It was the same thing in Toronto in 2004 with Holly Jones. With over 100 convicted pedophiles living within 6 blocks, it was a first-timer from Montreal who did it....
The crime was high risk, in broad daylight. He was a neighbour who had to know he'd become a suspect. Even then, the police may not have locked in on him if he didn't let a cop in his house who saw the new carpet. They still had to go the hard way to get his DNA. This kind of CSI is not useful in the Dunahee case right now but I see no reason it can't be solved without it.
High risk crimes often involve groups of 2 or more but the cult theory doesn't impress me right now. I don't see why a cult would need to abduct someone like that and risk full exposure when they can always find runaways or breed their own human sacrifices....Not to say a new raw recruit wouldn't go off on his own tangent or that the culprit wasn't involved in Satanic practices on his own....
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 01, 2007, 04:34:22 PM
From Kindheart
Hello Bucke, Your posting name i recognized from the Blk Dahlia right? Bucky, but spelled with an e. That Dahlia case also involved some breast removal and genital mutilations, just like the Edmonton cases! No wonder you found this little board. I also recognize you from the JtR site, as i read there frequently.Welcome, welcome!

Some comments for you on the Jones case.
It was 200 peds, in one mile radius from Holly's house.
He, that is Michael Briere was not a close neighbour, but was on the route Holly took everyday.He also lived in a corner house, right next to an internet-ice cream cafe (nice combo for freaks and kids).That corner has underage girls, who are being forced to pimp ALL the time. Michael would have literally been about 25 feet from these girls ALL the time, while browsing the net on his computer.The pimps there keep track of the girls from above, in a highrise apartment, that also looks over a local playground. The playground is the recruit zone. The cops did see the green bathmat from the front door, and because they had found green fibers on little Holly's body, they used their brains and focused. They also standing at the door noticed the brand new mop and bucket. Michael refused to let them have DNA as well. They staked out the Uhaul lot across the street and waited untill he discarded a popcan to obtain DNA.


Also if the use of forensics is not now useful to the Dunahee case as you stated, and it could be solved right now, what do you suggest? Admittedly i am short on details of Michaels case.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 01, 2007, 07:29:32 PM
I like to go with an A, B or C scenario, most likely to less likely. Your Edmonton case and my Toronto one proves that there is a pattern. I'd go with the Briere-type scenario first. And A, B or C, I'd stick with the Outsider idea.
That idea also came from a movie, actually a TV guide interview with a producer, Peter Sussman about his film on Adolf Hitler. Sussman attributed some of his behavior to overcompensation for not being really German.

Bucke comes from Bucky of the DePalma film. Funny enough, I was just checking who the director was and the other detective's name was Blanchard, just like Blanchard Park.... ???
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 01, 2007, 09:25:03 PM
From Kindheart
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I like to go with an A, B or C scenario, most likely to less likely. Your Edmonton case and my Toronto one proves that there is a pattern. I'd go with the Briere-type scenario first. And A, B or C, I'd stick with the Outsider idea.

I believe i see what what you are saying Bucke,
The Edmonton cases~ the first timer from the outside, moving into Edmonton from Montreal? How would Svekla fit into this scenario? Like cracked out, local disposal guy met in the hood, by the outsider?

Is this an A,B,C scenario to you?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 02, 2007, 12:42:59 PM
Outsiders who are first time killers may make up a percentage of the cases of murder but not all.
Not simple murders which could be anyone and often someone close to you but any sensational crime whether it be murder, terror, or kidnapping, whatever....If it's out of the ordinary, outsiders predominate....
But you've explained why it might be possible for the outsider to have the edge better than I could, Desespere....
Obviously, if Michael was abducted without the intention of murdering him, and I don't rule that out, being taken to a remote location is likely....or, just to cover all possibilities, a large property somewhere....

Svekla isn't is the news over here in the GTA like he should be. I never heard of the possibility he had help in his crimes until I read about it here. If he's a local boy and he's a major player in the disappearances, I say yes, he had accomplices. That would be my B scenario moved up to A.
I only have to give you the example of the Michigan Co-Ed Murderer, John Collins, who was from Windsor....There is some evidence he didn't work alone in Ann Arbor. He of course never confessed or gave any details of the crime. I think he was covering up for others....Is Svekla talking?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 02, 2007, 01:40:55 PM
It does not seem Svekla is talking, we have heard nothing about that. I wonder if his killing was different from the other bodies that have been found in Edmonton? Does anyone know how they were all killed? I assume they were beaten?

If he did have an accomplice, I bet that is why they wanted those Telus records, to check them out. ALso I would like to know why he brought a body in his bag? Was it to show off to his sidekick?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 02, 2007, 02:55:46 PM
I Google Earthed the site of the disappearance by searching for 971 Kings Rd Victoria BC, the community centre across the street. It's hard to tell where the playground was but Websleuths says it was directly in front of the school.
Since the Outsider theory didn't originate with me, I think I can say that Dennis Melvin Howe was from Saskatchewan....I found that information on this site....

Countries like Canada continually promote the concept of national unity and emphasize our common heritage and downplay regional differences. Where does that leave the Outsider theory? Outside?
Someday I hope Canadian authorities advancing geographic profiling will incorporate the nuances of geo-social reality into the science....

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 02, 2007, 03:52:55 PM
Canada, specifically the OPP and RCMP are coming up with some world class geo profileing software and training. I saw a show on it. I think the police technology and abilities are way way beyond what they were in 1991, I just hope some of that can be used to reach back and solve it.

Depending on the motive, the child could be alive still. Otherwise, if it were a pedoohile, he probably lives close by and the child is not alive.

I Google Earthed the site of the disappearance by searching for 971 Kings Rd Victoria BC, the community centre across the street. It's hard to tell where the playground was but Websleuths says it was directly in front of the school.
Since the Outsider theory didn't originate with me, I think I can say that Dennis Melvin Howe was from Saskatchewan....I found that information on this site....

Countries like Canada continually promote the concept of national unity and emphasize our common heritage and downplay regional differences. Where does that leave the Outsider theory? Outside?
Someday I hope Canadian authorities advancing geographic profiling will incorporate the nuances of geo-social reality into the science....


Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 02, 2007, 03:56:11 PM
To make it look like an Edmonton serial killer was responsible.

GOod point, I agree that is probably what he did. White did do that too.

Living in Calgary, found the same thing. Everyone was from Saskatchewan, ONtario, Maritimes very very few were from Calgary. Calgary had 250,000 people 40 years ago, now has 1.1 million.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 03, 2007, 11:10:41 AM
Insider/Outsider is not a black and white thing. Sometimes it's greys. Not everyone comes at the same time or feels the same level of acceptance or alienation. There are different degrees and that's where the judgement call comes in  and you have to decide who's more of an outsider if that's what you're looking for.
Depending on the motive, the child could be alive still. Otherwise.... he probably lives close by and the child is not alive.
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What you might call killer versus keeper?

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on November 04, 2007, 01:31:34 AM
An outsider could be someone that doesn't feel as if they are a part of something.  Look at high school and why there have been so many shootings in the schools and colleges/universities.  So it could be someone that perceives that they are an outsider to others.  I don't necessarily agree that it is someone that isn't familiar with the back roads around Edmonton, especially around Sherwood Park.

Crafty (edited for clarity)

Insider/Outsider is not a black and white thing. Sometimes it's greys. Not everyone comes at the same time or feels the same level of acceptance or alienation. There are different degrees and that's where the judgement call comes in  and you have to decide who's more of an outsider if that's what you're looking for.
Depending on the motive, the child could be alive still. Otherwise.... he probably lives close by and the child is not alive.
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What you might call killer versus keeper?[/size]

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 04, 2007, 03:22:41 PM
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An outsider could be someone that doesn't feel as if they are a part of something.  Look at high school and why there have been so many shootings in the schools and colleges/universities.  So it could be someone that perceives that they are an outsider to others.  I don't necessarily agree that it is someone that isn't familiar with the back roads around Edmonton, especially around Sherwood Park.

Crafty

Good point Crafty, I guess a person who feels alienated could feel like an outsider. I think a lot of serial killers probably felt that way, and that contributes to there madness?

You don't need to be familiar with the backroads to dump someone that is true. But I would guess they live out that way, SE or E of Edmonton, that is what I think.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 05, 2007, 07:56:44 PM
Michael Wayne Dunahee was just four years old when he went missing from a Victoria playground at Blanshard Park Elementary School. It was March 24, 1991. His mother was playing ball in a nearby field while his father watched from the sidelines. Nobody saw what happened, but around 12:40 p.m., Michael had disappeared.
People DID see what happened. Police had two witnesses, children who were playing with Michael and knew him, including a 10 yeard old girl. They said they were playing hide-and-seek. The girl said she saw Michael go into a brown van. Other people saw a older model brown van parked in an alley by the school, the same brown van that did not show up for the re-enactment. (Kitchener Waterloo Record, Mar. 27, 1991, accessed through Toronto Star Archives)
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 05, 2007, 09:09:18 PM
That is the first time I heard of the brown van. Very interesting. Maybe the police don't feel very good about that Van and that is why they leave it out.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 05, 2007, 09:49:56 PM
Times Colonist report online quotes the Dunahee Investigation Team in 2006 saying the brown van tip was discredited in 1991 yet I found a Jim Bawden article in the TorStar archives still saying on March 21, 1992, that he was taken "reportedly by someone driving a brown van".

Is this the proverbial "white van", ala the Beltway Snipers? Or is it the other way around? Witness getting it right for a change....
The car would have been parked. Easier to identify or remember.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on November 06, 2007, 12:43:39 PM
This is the first I heard of a brown van and I lived in BC at the time of the abductions.  This would have been all over the news and in the Crime Stoppers Reenactment, that happened that week of the abduction.  As I had two small children, around the same age as Michael, I was very much aware of what was happening especially that abduction.

Crafty

Times Colonist report online quotes the Dunahee Investigation Team in 2006 saying the brown van tip was discredited in 1991 yet I found a Jim Bawden article in the TorStar archives still saying on March 21, 1992, that he was taken "reportedly by someone driving a brown van".

Is this the proverbial "white van", ala the Beltway Snipers? Or is it the other way around? Witness getting it right for a change....
The car would have been parked. Easier to identify or remember.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 06, 2007, 06:25:43 PM
Crafty, do you know what the immediate theory was in the day or 2 after this happened? FOr some reason, I never heard of this case back then, only recently. Thanks.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 06, 2007, 07:51:05 PM
This is the first I heard of a brown van and I lived in BC at the time of the abductions.  This would have been all over the news and in the Crime Stoppers Reenactment, that happened that week of the abduction. 
Neither did I ever hear of the blond in high heels with a notebook on Nicole Morin's floor just before her disappearance....
I can't say why the police dismiss the brown van theory but it's obvious, from the archived reports, the police didn't believe their 10 year old witness right off the bat....What didn't add up? That's what I want to know....

The brown van shows up on only a couple of Googled sites but it's there. Victoria police had "3500 tips in 15 years" on the brown van, so somebody must have heard of it....

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 07, 2007, 01:08:29 AM
At the time I do not think the police were trained well in these kinds of cases, so they probably had to reply on what is common, and were not prepared for the unthinkable. Kind of like what is going on in Trois Riverers in Quebec.

If they were trained, they would have visited each and every home within 2 kms of that spot. There is a good chance some pedophile who lives close by did it too.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on November 09, 2007, 01:14:41 PM
Crafty, do you know what the immediate theory was in the day or 2 after this happened? FOr some reason, I never heard of this case back then, only recently. Thanks.

The immediate theory was the parents had something to do with Michael's disappearance.  I remember thinking that the police were crazy.  What parent could ever hurt there child?  I was sooooooo naive back then.  My daughter is Michael's age and I remember freaking when a guy persuaded her to go look at puppies.  I had been laying down as I had one of those migraines the ones that make you so sick you can't think or see straight?  That was when Imetrex was in the testing phase and not yet on the market, so I was on heavy narcotics to deal with the pain.  A neighbor happened to notice her with this stranger and said to guy to get lost after ascertaining that my daughter didn't know the guy.  She came over and said, go to bed, I will deal with the kids.  So I did and was very thankful and grateful that people in the complex looked out for one another.

I say we need more people to step in ehen the see something seems not right, to follow their instincts.

Crafty
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 09, 2007, 08:09:26 PM
Yeah it would be better if people followed there instincts\intuition more. Animals do, but humans don't.

So have the parents pretty much been ruled out on this then? I wonder if it was someone who knew the family? And I wonder what the porpose of taling him is?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 11, 2007, 12:39:17 PM
This case is beginning to have all the earmarks of the Adam Walsh case. The police in Florida strongly suspected a live-in friend of the family who had been sent packing....Eventhough it happened in a public place with one of the parents there....He could easily have been spotted and recognized....
The authorities still refuse to close the case and admit it was Toole, eventhough 4 witnesses put him there inside the mall and outside with Adam....plus forensic evidence on the bayonet....The police lost the car with the bloody carpet....

I remember always thinking Michael was playing by himself near the edge of the forest and someone came out of the woods and snatched him because it sounded like no one saw anything. Now I know differently from searching the net and reading the old newpaper articles....

Newpapers I've learned are an invaluable resource for information on the case when books on the case are unavailable. A lot of information can be found by just reading the free sample of each article in the Archives.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 11, 2007, 09:50:43 PM
Des, a lot of libraries have great resoruces for reading old newspapers. If you ever make to your library, you can ask how to access those archives.

If I make it down to big city Library, I am going to see if I can access the news about this case.

P.S. Where are these archives you all are referring too?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 11, 2007, 10:56:14 PM
If I make it down to big city Library, I am going to see if I can access the news about this case. P.S. Where are these archives you all are referring too?
If you go downtown to check their collection, please see if you can find out any information on the "chief suspect", a 32 year old who was released around April 11, 1992. A search of the Toronto Star Archives, linked to the newspaper's website, yields only the one article dated that April 11. He passed a lie detector test....
I could spend all day at the reference library looking through the microfiche but I never get a chance to go downtown these days....
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 11, 2007, 11:51:06 PM
Most do. When I was living in Ottawa, they had many newspapers available at there DT branch. Probably Edmonton is the same, if you go the main branch (ussually downtown) you should be able to access them there.

Are you guys using some online service too? I just searched to see if I can find what you all are using and cannot find it.

Thansk.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke Bleichert on November 11, 2007, 11:58:56 PM
Google Toronto Star Archives and it's the third hit that comes up. Then you can search away for articles from 1985 to today....Try typing Michael Dunahee....
They have another site for older papers but I never tried it. I only used it for the Dunahee and Morin cases so far.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on November 12, 2007, 09:19:34 PM
Oh neat, thanks y'all. Too bad there is not a more extensive newspaper archves setup for Canada, it would be neat to read articles from the past. Toronto probably just covers that area, otherwise I would try that service out. Maybe I will anyway.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: solvy on December 12, 2007, 12:06:33 AM
Hello  Been hoping something would happen with this case  for ages. How can a 4 year old just vanish in broad daylight with hardly a clue to follow.  Does anyone know how many pedophiles were in the area at that time.  I`m thinking that the witness has been interviewed many times since the abduction, but haven`t heard a peep!
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on December 13, 2007, 12:05:49 AM
Hi Solvy,

I have no idea how many pedophiles live in the area, but probably a few. For a child to go missing like that, you can count on some sicko being involved. It is possible the police do have a couple of person of interest, and who knows, maybe one day they can solve this.

It is the worst thing to have a child go missing and not know what happened. The people who do that to kids are the worst amung us.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Carol-Lynn on January 03, 2008, 10:04:15 AM
I think we should start going after the goverment and have all ped's branded,Something in the middle of the forhead that would read I am a loser and a Ped.
I have never been abbrused as a child But I have had friends who this has happend to and it makes me sick.There childhood stolen from them and there lives changed forever.
Anyone just Anyone who would hurt a child needs to be spade or nutterd. >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on January 10, 2008, 05:54:16 PM
There is an age enhanced photo of Michael on the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

(http://ca.missingkids.com/photographs/RCMP9107542e1.jpg)  He is age progressed to 17 here.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on January 11, 2008, 05:54:24 AM
Thanks for posting that. Wow, they sure can do a great job with that technology now, it looks real.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on January 11, 2008, 02:21:03 PM
You are welcome.  I have seen what the artists go through to get the pictures done.  They are the true experts.

Crafty
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: solvy on January 21, 2008, 12:40:47 AM
following up on archived news, I found a bit more info on the "chief suspect" in the Hamilton Spectator dated Apr 15/92

Victoria police interviewed a 32 yr old one month after micheal dunahee disappeared. The man (not named) lived at a Gorge Road hotel, blocks from the school.  He saiid he was in a mental institution, and fighting a drunk driving charge when police first questioned him.  He was vague about his whereabouts at the time of the abduction, saying he was working as a cook at a Victoria hotel, or visiting Seattle.

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on January 21, 2008, 08:11:59 AM
Wonder if he was a known pedophile. Based on the fact he has never been located and there is no trace, I think some pedop got him. I pray that it turns out he is sitll alive. Maybe one day we will learn.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: kindheart on January 21, 2008, 09:57:57 AM
Thanks Solvy, newsbits are great when we can find them, thanks for posting this and welcome from me, kindheart. ;D
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: solvy on January 21, 2008, 04:55:46 PM
 I think somewhere I did read that he had a previous charge involving a minor male, can't remember where I read it though.  I wonder if he ever had a brown van? 
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on January 21, 2008, 08:52:14 PM
Maybe that is why they wanted to talk to him??

I wonder if this is a case of the police know who did it, but are just short of being able to charge someone due to laws the favor the accused?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: solvy on January 22, 2008, 12:43:10 AM
Thank you Kindheart for the welcome.   Chris , I think there are a lot of those types of cases  around.  Which doesn't instill confidence in the policing by me. I wonder if they keep tabs on him, and if the Seattle connection was ever checked out.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on January 22, 2008, 07:03:11 PM
I am sure this type of case probably caught the police off guard so they were a step behind right off the bat. But I am very sure they checked out each lead and then rechecked it. There are so many hoops the police have to jump thru and regulations etc, I am sure that slowed things down a lot.

It really is too bad we cannot get more info about this. I would really like to know who and if they have someone in mind? Maybe they did but he died? Is in prison?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: kindheart on January 26, 2008, 04:27:05 PM
Edit, Solvy i just reread the Dunahee thread and found my answers. No need to find that link as Bucke left references.Thanks anyways  ;D
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Takmet on February 21, 2008, 06:59:28 PM
Victoria police interviewed a 32 yr old one month after micheal dunahee disappeared.
Is this the 32 year old Brian Ladd saw in a dream reading on the case? He gave the name S. Denen.
http://briansdreams.com/warnings304.htm (http://briansdreams.com/warnings304.htm)
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on February 22, 2008, 01:04:41 AM
Wow, a sex offender who took off? I am certain the police must have checked every single possible lead related to this guy. I bet the investigators have a theory on this case, I wonder what it is?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: solvy on February 22, 2008, 01:25:46 AM
takmet, I guess it could be.  I got that info from a news bit @ the Hamilton Spectator.

There is no way to confirm any of Brian Ladds dreams unless someone has insider police clues that haven't been published.  I tried the name any way I could, but came up with nothing.  No luck tracing the other numbers etc.  I admit I do watch his site, but don't put much faith in  it.

As Chris is certain so am I that every stone has been turned more than once in this case.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on June 13, 2008, 07:58:58 PM
I used to live in Victoria and had just came back to the maritimes before Michal Dunahee disappeared. This was so hard to believe. The school was only three blocks from where I lived. You have to wonder also if he could have been taken over to the US, the ferry goes to Seattle and it would have been easy to take him out of Victoria and on the ferry. I went over on the ferry a couple of times and it is quite a busy time on there. Just a thought that he could be in the US.  Very good photo enhancement of how he would look today.  It would be a great thing if he was found, it could happen. It has to be an awful thing to go through  for his family all these years with no leads.  ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on June 14, 2008, 12:18:07 PM
Good point, it is probably just a short trip too.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on January 07, 2009, 07:10:45 AM
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/01/06/bc-missing-boy-case.html

U.S. police have found a "missing person" poster of a Victoria boy who disappeared almost 18 years ago at the Milwaukee home of a possible child killer, CBC News has learned.

Michael Dunahee disappeared on March 24, 1991, from a park near his home in Victoria. One of the biggest Canadian police investigations ever ensued, but he was never found.

At the time, his family believed Michael, then 4? years old, had been abducted. His missing-person file remains open, and a Victoria police officer is still assigned to the cold case.

CBC News contacted Crystal Dunahee, Michael's mother, on Tuesday, but she declined to comment on this latest twist until after she receives more information.

According to Milwaukee police, Vernon Seitz, 62, confessed last month to his psychiatrist that he had killed two children in 1959. Milwaukee police later raided Seitz's home and found him dead of natural causes.

Child pornography uncovered
But officers made significant discoveries in his basement: piles of child pornography and files on unsolved missing children cases in the United States from the late 1980s and 1990s.

Milwaukee police are refusing to discuss the case, saying the investigation is ongoing, but CBC News obtained results of their search warrants Tuesday.

Among the hundreds of items seized in Seitz's basement were scores of drawings of nude boys in bondage, books on cannibalism, blond human hair and a bone.

A "missing person" poster of Michael was also found, along with a copy of a map of somewhere not in Milwaukee, titled "Millstream Park."

Northwest of Victoria, there is a Millstream Road that leads to several remote parks.

Victoria police said Tuesday they have not been contacted by any U.S. officers but are interested in any new leads or links in the Dunahee case.

While Seitz confessed to killing two children, he never mentioned anything involving the Canadian boy to his psychiatrist, Milwaukee police said.

Local investigators are attempting to trace Seitz's movements in the late 1980s and early '90s to determine whether he travelled to Canada, specifically B.C.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on January 07, 2009, 01:36:20 PM
Oh My!  I hope we find out one way or the other.  This was a child that I couldn't get out of my head.  I wonder if the guy could be connected to the disappearance of Tanya Murrell?

CraftyGal
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on January 07, 2009, 01:41:51 PM
Here is another article from NBC, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28529171/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28529171/).

From the article, bolding is mine.

Among the flyers of missing children were those depicting Jacob Wetterling, who was 11-years-old when he disappeared from his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota in October of 1989, and Michael Dunahee, who was just 5 when he vanished from Vancouver, British Columbia in May of 1991.

It is unclear whether Seitz had any involvement in either of those cases, but his alleged deathbed confession raised numerous questions, especially since police found children's shoes in Seitz's home.

CraftyGal
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on January 08, 2009, 11:38:01 AM
I gues the guy was pretending to be a psychic too. The family says this guys name is familiar.

I understand that familes of victims get hammered with contacts from psychics all the time, I have wondered how many of them are really just sicko's.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on January 08, 2009, 12:02:16 PM
I distinctly remember the time Michael was abducted in Victoria. This was only a couple of blocks from where I lived. It always stuck in my mind, because it was just after I came back to NS.  I always wondered what happened to Michael, because it is such an open area there and surely someone would have seen him being abducted. He just must have walked away with someone, possibly lured away by a promise of something. I was sure glad to see something on the news about it and that his mother and father can find some closure to what happened to Michael. Good luck on solving this case. If he was taken away, he could have been taken on the ferry out of Victoria and over to Seattle. I mean he was only four and a half, someone could tell him his mom and dad were going to meet him there or something and just get away with taking him in plain sight.  ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: mauvelilac on January 08, 2009, 12:57:02 PM
Chris: A good psychic waits until the family contacts them. I once made the mistake of approaching a family listed somewhere on this forum years and years ago. I was having really strong visions of who had taken the child, where the child had been taken to etc and was informed that my intentions were better focused towards donating money so the family could hire a private investigator. I'm sorry but to me a private investigator is usually not always a retired police officer. Why hire someone when you have a department doing the same thing? Could never understand the rationale in that. To make a long story short, this family hired a psychic from the States(I was doing it for free) and the child still hasn't been found.
A good psychic will also not take money from a grieving family, that's just not something I will do unless the distance to travel is a fair distance and I otherwise couldn't afford to go on my own at their request.
Dudes like the one that contacted the Dunahee family gives us all a bad name and just for the record I would like to say that I don't consider myself a "sicko". And to clarify, I know you didn't necessarily direct that at anyone but I just want to say when you grow up as I did, seeing thing that no one else can see, hearing things no one else can hear,  smelling things that no one else can smell, you are very often labelled as sick. And it's dudes like the one that contacted the family that perpetuate the myth.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: never_lose_hope on January 08, 2009, 05:34:09 PM
How great would it be to finally have answers!! Even if tragic.. answers.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: solvy on January 09, 2009, 04:13:44 PM
It will lilely take some time to sort thru all the information, but I feel this man had nothing to do with Michael.  I think that LE knows who dun it here, but lack concrete evidence to convict.  Just my opinion tho.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: mauvelilac on January 09, 2009, 04:18:42 PM
I agree with you Solvy. I don't believe so either.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: D1 on January 09, 2009, 05:05:57 PM
So shortly after this guy confesses to a couple of old child murders, his shrink turns him into the cops after which he is found dead of natural causes by the police when they go to arrest him. There they find a poster of Michael Dunahee and assumptions are that this could be the abductor. Pretty straightforward stuff all in all??

Coincidentally, some years ago a shrink from the Chilliwack area was allegedly told a similar story about Michaels abductor by the spouse of someone who claimed he had confessed to it. I do not know how Canada's laws work on this topic or whether the Canadian shrink would even be allowed to tell the police or not. Maybe he did tell?? Coincidentally, Terry Arnold was living in the Chilliwack area at the time the story was told to the shrink.
Arnold- http://mindytran.com/arnoldscrimes.htm (http://mindytran.com/arnoldscrimes.htm)
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: mauvelilac on January 09, 2009, 06:16:20 PM
Shrinks are supposed to carry the same level of confidentiality  with their patients as lawyers have with their clients, same goes with doctors and priests and so on and so forth. Anything obtained and presented as evidence by a breach of said confidence should and would be dismissed. Yes, before anyone asks I took a three year law course in my younger days. A lot has changed, I realize but I doubt highly that would have.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: D1 on January 09, 2009, 06:24:06 PM
Are the U.S. laws different from our's in this respect? Is it legal there or was it somewhat of an anomaly for the shrink to tell?
d1
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on January 09, 2009, 06:41:22 PM
Usually any shrink is not allowed to divulge any information about their patient. I think there has to be a special order from the court in order to be able to have access to a file. I know in Canada, even when RCMP are doing any kind of a case, you cannot ask for a copy of the file that the officer has. You have to have a special order from the court to get the information. I believe it is the same in Canada as it is in the US, you cannot get a shrink's file to display before the court. I just wonder why this man would have a copy of the poster for Michael. We all know that there are many copies of missing children posted in public places, so why would he have Michael's????There could be a reason, he could have abducted him. I guess now there is not much of a chance of knowing if he did unless other evidence is found. Hopefully something comes out of the investigation. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: D1 on January 09, 2009, 08:47:10 PM
I do know there was at least one case here in Canada where the psychiatrist told the police and then even testiified against her client. That was the case of Tony Gallup now convicted of murdering a little girl. This was from a fairly recent trial in Lethbridge Alberta. Why was it allowed here but not in other cases?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: never_lose_hope on January 09, 2009, 09:06:54 PM
Everything is confidential unless you talking about hurting someone else physically.. then they can't keep it confidential.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: haunted on January 09, 2009, 09:17:09 PM
Never: that sounds like it makes sense. Confidentiality and privileged information I would think can only go so far. I also wonder after a patient dies if there is as much of an obligation to protect information from sessions, if it could be used to say, solve a cold case.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: D1 on January 09, 2009, 09:29:35 PM
There's  kind of a fine line between threatening to offend and being a risk to offend. I believe Gallop told his shrink that he was having trouble controlling himself and thought he may offend, which isn't alot different than having a client whom you know is a serial offender who can't control himself. One you are legally bound to turn in, and one you are obligated into silence. Thats a huge difference for such a slight change in perception.

In the latest case involving Dunahee, the shrink apparently told the cops while the perp was still alive even though there didn't seemed to have been any threats made. But that's the U.S.

It is unknown if the information given to the Chilliwack shrink was passed on to the police. The spouse of the man who allegedly confessed to the abduction may have been too scared to do so on her own.  So unless it was legal under these conditions, here's another lead that can never be pursued.

Interesting that these same conditions seem to apply in some way everytime that Terry Arnold is mentioned in or around where and when  a crime like this occurs. The identity of the woman was not disclosed, Suspicions it could be Arnold arise only from his being in the same area at the time of the disclosure.

After so many years Michael needs the wall of silence to break somewhere if anything is to happen but I doubt the most recent US guy is it. He confessed to two other earlier child killings, his memory hadn't failed him so while he was at it, why not confess to the rest if there were more?

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Maureen on January 10, 2009, 08:58:57 PM
There was a law that was enacted a few years ago that if a patient or a client told his /her psychiatrist doctor, priest or whatever that they were involved in a serious crime such as murder, rape, child abuse and whatever, it is against the law to report it. I know this for a fact because I had an incident with Clayton's case where a witness was admitted to hospital because he tried to commit suicide. I contacted the RCMP and when he tried to tell me doctor/patient confidentiality, I told him about this new law. His only comment to me was that I am doing well in my research of new laws. He did nothing about this. 
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: mauvelilac on January 19, 2009, 03:19:08 PM
You know Des, I'm wondering about Ron. He contacted me a few months back about another child on here wanting me to do a composite for him. From our conversations, he didn't give me the impression he was psychic, quite the contrary. I kind of lost it with him around Christmas time, haven't heard from him since.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Chris on January 19, 2009, 05:31:21 PM
Oh yeah, mooskie math.... now that was creepy!
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: CraftyGal on February 02, 2009, 05:47:34 PM
Yeah and unfortunately I was the one who asked him to come here.  I was asked from someone on AMW through a private massage about Ron, so I gave them the information.  It was around the Cedrika case.  My internet friendship with Ron had started because of another missing child.  I was sent a picture with no information through a friend of mine.  The picture was of a young girl named Rachel who is missing from the States.  Ron said he had information and it went south pretty quick after that.

Craftygal
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: mauvelilac on February 13, 2009, 03:54:32 PM
This is pretty old, at least two years I've been going to this forum and it was on there then. Brian leaves his files open till the people are found. I have no comments because I never did get anything on Michael probably because it's difficult for a four year old to come across, they are scared, confused, etc.

http://www.briansprediction.com/warnings304.htm
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: never_lose_hope on February 21, 2009, 04:32:45 PM
How terrific would it be Des if he were right... Market Square and John St.. are also locations in Toronto... hmm well probably a lot of places LOL.. anywho  I hope his prediction is right and there is a chance the family will one day be reuinited with their long lost boy.. it's possible``
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Flakes on July 07, 2009, 10:11:53 AM
I'm new to this forum but have followed Michael's case very closely from the beginning as I lived in the same community as the family and knew the parents. I was also driving by the park during the football game his Mom was playing when Michael was abducted. There was a brown van parked away from all the other cars, I saw it with my own eyes. The brown van has always been the strongest clue. I've made two reports to the police with information passed on to me from another source identifying a specific individual (family friend) as the abducter. The police have never contacted me to follow up on the information. The individual who gave me the information also contacted the police numerous times during the investigation and subsequent years. The individual in question was a close friend of the family, drove an older brown van, was an alcoholic and coordinated the searches after the abduction.  What the police did not know at the time of the investigation was that this individual had molested his own son when he was the same age as Michael. The individual was raised on Vancouver Island, had parents living in Qualicum Beach, an oceanside community approximately 2 hours north of Victoria. His father was a career cop with an alcohol problem and had molested his son from an early age. I knew this individual well and personally thought he was weird enough  that when my own children were young I would not leave them alone in his company. There were complaints from other families about inappropriate behaviour with young boys, it was always put down to him having been drunk. He was eventually discharged from the military because of his alcohol abuse. I think had the police known at the time of the crime that this guy had molested his own son the case would have been solved long ago. The individual in question was at one time a member of the military and lived in various locations across Canada. It would be interesting to see if there are any unsolved similar cases in any of those locations during the times he was there.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: D1 on July 07, 2009, 03:38:37 PM
Excellent information flakes..Shades of the Lynne Harper Stephen Truscott story come to mind. A military member implicated..no follow up investigation..What's up with that? And then there is the highway of tears investigation, a cop implicated, again no followup.
http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,2276.0.html (http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,2276.0.html)
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on July 07, 2009, 07:02:04 PM
Wow, Flakes, this is definitely a bright light in this case that should have been followed up. This person should have been taken in for questioning. Also, his van should have been taken and gone over with forensics. What I want to know and cannot figure out is, why do police take so long to do the right kind of investigating. There are several murders right here in our province that should be solved. The evidence is there, maybe not the smoking gun, but these crimes cannot just be left to go cold. Several are cases where they know the spouse is responsible for the crime and nothing happens. This happens much to often and the fault is, the investigation is not done properly. If I was the mother and father related to Michael, I would be on this and would never let it die. I would go to the media if I had to and get some action on the case. I would be on the front page and I would not give the persons's name that I felt did the crime, but I would certainly make him sweat and let him think they were coming for him. Also, they should be doing a background check on the places he was in the military, as you have stated, there maybe other children missing and he is responsible for it. Sure hope something comes of this. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Flakes on July 08, 2009, 10:51:34 AM
Capeheart;

This has been reported to the Victoria Police Department numerous times. For whatever reason they don't even bother responding to the information. Mind you the Victoria Police Department aren't known for "getting their man". I know that this guy was investigated at the time of the crime but what the police did not know then was that he molested his own son. His young son was given up for adoption to a family member (maternal) when he was 6 or 7 although he still had contact with him. For all I know he may not have admitted that he had any children. However the police have been told several times by the child's mother and adopted parents that he molested his son. His son is still alive and living in Victoria so it would be easy enough for the police to investigate the matter. This guy was at the park the day Michael disappeared. Coincidence? I don't think so. He apparently got rid of the brown van shortly after the abduction and remained friends with the Dunahee family. I intend to spend some time over the next weeks/months investigating missing children cases in the towns, provinces where he was stationed as we were there at the same times. This individual and his wife were very close friends of ours for many many years I knew him well and I don't think this was his first incident. It haunts me that Michael has not been found.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on July 08, 2009, 07:16:59 PM
I can understand why this haunts you.  I did live in Victoria and came home just before Michael was abducted. I know exactly the school that he was abducted from. I think it was Blanchard Street, if I got the name right. This certainly sounds like the possible suspect in this crime, a crime that should have been solved many years ago. I have seen Michael's picture in our area for some years, I don't know if it is still posted or not. I cannot understand why they don't want to bring this case forward. I just cannot understand these cases going cold. It has to be very traumatic to lose a child and never know what has happened to them or they cannot grieve properly. The parents would never get over this loss of a child, not know where he is. ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Flakes on July 10, 2009, 08:41:28 AM
I know that one theory at the time was that the police believed a family member (grandfather) was involved, perhaps they are still holding on to that theory and that is keeping them from viewing new information with unbiased eyes.

It was Blanshard Street School on a Sunday afternoon. The sports field at that school is wide open and very visible from a major roadway so somebody had to have seen something. Without the Victoria City Police Department dedicating an investigator I don't think they'll ever solve this one.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke B on July 10, 2009, 09:35:24 PM
Hello Flakes,

Can you tell us more about the family-friend suspect? What's he like? Let me guess--nice guy?
I think the guys who make kids disappear are like the ones who snap and then everyone says, "Oh, but he was such a nice guy!" Meanwhile, that's the first guy who does it.
If you saw the movie The Changeling about Gordon Stewart Northcutt from B.C., you might notice what I'm talking about. Clint Eastwood did a good job of portraying the child killer. Go figure why he's like the nicest guy there next to the Angelina Jolie character, Christine Collins.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on July 11, 2009, 08:10:06 PM
I also saw "The Changeling" and felt it was an extraordinary movie. It is hard to know the face of a killer. As we know that it happens so very much in child murder cases and domestic violence. Everyone sees "the nice guy" and when something violent happens, it is hard to wrap your mind around it. If the police felt it was a family member, well that is not okay. It is not okay for a family member to kill another, no, I don't think that is why this case is not solved. I believe that in places like Victoria, where abduction, murder and other violent crimes, they do not have enough forensic investigators. More training is needed in places such as Victoria and Halifax for solving these murders. There are a lot of unsolved crimes and a lot of people getting away with it. The government should be forthcoming with programs to educate and training forensic specialists in solving violent crimes. So very many unsolved in this country, it is pathetic. ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Flakes on July 17, 2009, 11:06:40 AM
Sorry for the delay in responding, I've been away for a few days.
The family friend guy, the individual who I strongly believe was responsible for Michael's disappearance looked and acted like the most harmless individual you could ever meet. He had big puppy dog eyes, acted more like a child than an adult, was completely non-threatening in every way. In all the years I knew him (over 30) I'd never seen him get frazzled about anything. He was just a big happy drunk.  However from the first time I met him when I was 18 (I'm now 60) I knew in my gut that something was not right with this guy. His wife was my best friend and he worked with my ex-husband as a musician in a military band. We were transferred to the same places, lived close to each other, hung out together etc. Another family who had three young boys were also friends and I do recall that at one time there was some talk about him having made inappropriate advances to the oldest son. I think that behaviour was put down to him having been drunk at the time. Although his wife had been providing daycare services for me I decided to no longer leave my son with them. The guy made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I did not learn about him abusing his own son when he was 5 years old until a couple of months ago when I was speaking with his ex-wife. His son at the age of 5 looked very much like Michael Dunahee. I'm sure that if the police investigated this guy at the time they most likely determined that he was just a harmless drunk. However they did not know that he had molested his own 5 year old son.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Bucke B on July 17, 2009, 04:37:29 PM
The family friend guy, the individual who I strongly believe was responsible for Michael's disappearance looked and acted like the most harmless individual you could ever meet. He had big puppy dog eyes, acted more like a child than an adult, was completely non-threatening in every way.
Your description fits the profile of this type of child abductor. They are almost invariably nice guys--and I don't think it's just because nice people can draw children to themselves easier. Strangers may need to be nice or act nice but not a relative or family friend.
I was shocked to find out these people didn't fit my pre-conceived ideas but were very much like myself. The only difference is I don't travel like these guys. I just hope, if they're nice, they can be persuaded to give up the location of the bodies anonymously, if not by confessing.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: rose on July 21, 2009, 12:55:07 PM
Michael was a very beautiful little boy with big blue eyes, This will haunt me till  till I die.

How this could happen in Victoria is beyond me.  Michaels family are wonderful people. I wish this case could be solved so they can go on with their lifes. 
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on July 21, 2009, 10:39:42 PM
Get to the media on this case, bring it out in the open again. Have a candlelight vigil in Victoria, get people involved again and give the public some information maybe, something that the public maybe able to help. It won't get solved burying the file under dust. I think they should have a reawakening and a fresh set of eyes look at this case and maybe something will come out of it. At least they will feel like they have done their best to solve this. I don't believe they have done their best at all. ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Wyte Tatanka on August 19, 2009, 12:45:36 PM
Excellent information flakes..Shades of the Lynne Harper Stephen Truscott story come to mind. A military member implicated..no follow up investigation..What\'s up with that?
The family friend/military man suspect in Michael\'s disappearance is now dead too. I don\'t know if looking into his old haunts might yield clues to a possible dump site.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: calgarygirl on September 11, 2009, 01:03:25 PM
Just thought I'd mention they are discussing this case right now on Access television. I'm in the calgary area and it's 1:00pm on channel 13. I find it so coincidental that I am reading about this case and at the very moment they are talking about it on tv.  maybe this will make something spark.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on September 11, 2009, 05:45:20 PM
Calgarygirl, this is really good news. Hoping that we get that show down here in N.S. I really would be interested in seeing the evidence that was noted on that show. It sure may bring some new action on this case. Thanks for posting that information. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: solvy on October 08, 2009, 12:19:52 AM
Hi Flakes,

If I am reading your post correctly, you have contact with the ex-wife?  What is her take on the theory if I might ask?

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: debbiec on October 25, 2010, 11:50:36 PM
http://www.mcsc.ca/ProfileDetail.aspx?ID=30 (http://www.mcsc.ca/ProfileDetail.aspx?ID=30)

Age Enhanced Photograph of Michael
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Concerned on March 23, 2011, 07:36:52 PM
20 years....

Quote
B.C. parents still lacking 'closure' 20 years after son went missing
 BY KATIE DEROSA, POSTMEDIA NEWS MARCH 23, 2011 8:12 PM
 
It's been 20 years since Michael Dunahee disappeared from a playground in Victoria. But his memory lives on with his parents, Crystal and Bruce shown here in this file photo with Michael's sister Caitlin.
Photograph by: File photo, Postmedia
VICTORIA — Twenty years after the disappearance of a four-year-old B.C. boy — a case which became one of Canada's largest missing persons investigations — his parents made an emotional appeal for new information on what happened to him.

"It feels like we're stuck in a time capsule in realizing that 20 years have gone by without the answers that we want," said Michael Dunahee's mother, Crystal, at a news conference at Victoria police headquarters on Wednesday. Her husband, Bruce, looked on, fighting back tears.

"Someone knows what happened to Michael and where he is today," Crystal said. "We are asking them to come forward and pass on that information to help us find some closure."

Next to her was a board with missing posters showing a happy blond boy wearing a sky blue shirt and a red bow tie.

Michael disappeared in the middle of the day on March 24, 1991, from a park at Blanshard Elementary school, now University Canada West, in Victoria.

More than 100 police officers from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland were involved in the search but he — nor a body — has never been found.

Michael's parents refuse to give up hope that their son might one day turn up alive; He would be 24 years old today.

The couple still keep a bedroom in their house for Michael, filled with his toys, clothes and unopened Christmas and birthday presents.

"You can't close a file until you know you have the final answers," Crystal said. "There is no ending yet."

Victoria detectives have chased nearly 10,000 tips, and the investigation remains active.

Insp. Bob Gehl, head of the police department's investigative section, is currently in charge of the file.

"It's kind of nice the police are as stubborn as we are," Bruce Dunahee said. "They don't want to give up and neither do we."

The Dunahee case remains among the most famous missing-person cases in the country.

Recently, there was talk of a possible link between the disappearance and a possible child killer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In January 2009, a Milwaukee TV station reported that U.S. police found a missing-person poster of Michael inside the home of 62-year-old Vernon Seitz, who confessed just before dying, to killing two children in 1958. Victoria police dismissed any connection.

Residents in Chase, B.C., became convinced that a young boy who moved to the community with his parents around the time of the disappearance was Michael. They only came forward with their theory in 2006. Victoria police tracked down the family and conducted a DNA test on the son. In February, they determined he was not Michael.

And a man in Port McNeill, B.C., was also rumoured to be Michael until DNA tests also proved otherwise.

A $100,000 reward remains available for anyone with information on the case.

Deputy police chief John Ducker, the only remaining Victoria police officer who worked on the case immediately after Michael's disappearance, said he is still haunted by it.

"Someone out there is responsible," Ducker said. "That someone has lived with this burden for far too long and we encourage them to come forward today."

Crystal Dunahee is now the president of Child Find B.C. and was instrumental in setting up the Amber Alert system in B.C., which quickly notifies the public and surrounding police agencies in cases of possible child abductions.

http://www.canada.com/news/parents+still+lacking+closure+years+after+went+missing/4491158/story.html

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: moomur on March 24, 2011, 10:52:59 AM
I really feel for the parents.  Can't even begin to imagine what they are going thru.  Especially when you don't know what happened to him.  I hope they find closure someday.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Concerned on May 28, 2011, 09:14:29 AM
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Michael Dunahee's mother plays key role in launching website to protect kids
BY KATIE DEROSA, TIMES COLONIST MAY 25, 2011

The mother of Michael Dunahee was in Ottawa Tuesday to support a new online tool she hopes will make it easier to find missing children and prevent child abductions.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection launched the website MissingKids.ca, which includes a video of Dunahee, who was four years old when he disappeared from a Victoria playground on March 24, 1991.

"Twenty years is a long time to be searching, but with MissingKids.ca we have renewed hope of receiving new information to help us find Michael," Crystal Dunahee said in a news release.

She met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson who support the initiative.

The website launch was centred around today being International Missing Children's Day.

Families will be able to register their missing child on the site and receive support from a trained caseworker, who can use social media and technology to help locate kids.

People can sign up to receive missing-children alerts if they want to help in searches. The site also has a national missing-child database and information for parents and children on how to prevent abductions.

In just one day, the site received thousands of hits.

Victoria police spokesman Const. Mike Russell said social media have resulted in faster dissemination of crucial information about possible abductions.

Russell pointed to an April case in which a sixyear-old child went missing from Macaulay Elementary School. A Twitter post by the police department led to a quick and safe recovery.

Michael's parents have never lost hope that their son will one day be found alive somewhere.

Victoria police say the Dunahee file is still active, with 100 tips coming in since the family made an emotional plea on the 20th anniversary of the disappearance.

Crystal Dunahee, the president of Child Find B.C., has long been an advocate for improving how missing-children cases are handled.

She was instrumental in setting up the Amber Alert system, which quickly notifies the public and surrounding police agencies in cases of possible child abductions.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

© Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Michael+Dunahee+mother+plays+role+launching+website+protect+kids/4836372/story.html
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: leonagleant on September 14, 2011, 02:21:48 PM
Nice to see that Crystal Dunahee will be receiving the order of B.C. for her work on behalf of missing children.

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: debbiec on April 05, 2012, 11:55:21 AM
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 12:59 PM PT

The family of Michael Dunahee, who disappeared more than 21 years ago in one of B.C.'s most infamous missing child cases, has issued a new age-enhanced image of their son.
The new picture is an estimate of what Dunahee would look like as a 26-year-old man, more than two decades after he vanished without a trace from a the playground of Victoria's Blanshard Elementary School on March 4, 1991.

He was last seen wearing a blue-hooded jacket with red lining and red cuffs, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt, multi-coloured rugby pants and blue sneakers.

Michael's parents, Crystal and Bruce Dunahee, have never given up hope of finding their son and last year launched a website, www.michaeldunahee.ca, containing photos and video of Michael, and a link to submit tips.

The four-year-old boy's disappearance saw police conduct one of the largest searches for a missing child in Canadian history and Dunahee's parents helped put in place the Amber Alert system now used for missing children.

But despite more than 10,000 tips, police are no closer to solving the case, which remains active

 
http://www.iammissing.ca/Missing%20Start%20Jan-11.html#Michael_Dunahee_0 (http://www.iammissing.ca/Missing%20Start%20Jan-11.html#Michael_Dunahee_0)
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: leonagleant on November 23, 2012, 11:32:24 PM
A book has been released on the Michael Dunahee story with his family's participation and with partial proceeds going to Childfind:

http://www.globaltvbc.com/video/michael+dunahee+book/video.html?v=2308728388#stories
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: cana_nomad on November 26, 2012, 04:58:58 PM
Well this is freaky.

I literally just googled the Dunahee case last night and again, had no clue why and now I see a recent post about it on here.

Normally, when things like this happen with me out of the blue, it's because something is about to be brought to light.  Not sure if you would call this a gift, or a coincidence.

Michael was 4 when he was taken.  I am wondering if he was raised by someone else and forgot who he actually is, but I think it would take a very high level of trauma to alter his memory to that extent.  If he was molested, that would explain it.  Children under 6 tend to block any memories associated with the abuse.

Micheal's case is one that puzzles me for this reason- he was young enough to have his identity changed, but now would be old enough to at least accidentally find out who he is.  That is why I lean towards the theory that Michael was killed.

It's like the Murrell and Dupres cases- vanished in broad daylight. 
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Charles on February 26, 2013, 12:25:42 AM
 I was walking by Blanchard school that day an old dodge or more likely Fargo van almost hit me I jumped out of the way it was travelling alley parallel Quadra st west bound it never stopped when turning left onto the road I was angry and chased the van towards Quadra it stopped at red light the driver looked at me in the mirror on door I saw something that made me stop a kind of creepy evil sense came over me and in those days I was a street kid not afraid of anyone I knew something bad was in play but had no idea what or if that I could prove the reality of what could have been is truly sad I told my lawyer what I knew later he talked to police and verified that they already know what I know I guess they never found that van I don't know but the Victoria police sure weren't able to respond adequately and goes to show community police and private and public sector have to have a means of working together quickly that van never should have been able to disappear plus it was an antique easy to spot?
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: leonagleant on February 26, 2013, 09:08:01 PM
And the van should have been easy to trace via registration papers too. I have heard mention of a van being parked near the location where Michael was last scene but the details seemed vague.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: debbiec on March 24, 2013, 10:20:56 PM
Victoria police appeal for tips on 22nd anniversary of Michael Dunahee’s disappearance

The Canadian Press
March 24, 2013
 

Sunday marked the 22nd anniversary of the disappearance of four-year-old Michael Dunahee, but police say they haven’t stopped looking.

Dunahee went missing from the school playground at Blanshard Elementary School in Victoria, sparking one of the biggest investigations in Canadian history.

Media widely reported his disappearance in Canada and the United States, resulting in at least 11,000 tips.

Const. Michael Russell with the Victoria Police department issued a statement Sunday noting that the case remains an active investigation.

He’s asking anyone with information about Dunahee’s disappearance to call the Victoria police detachment or Crime Stoppers.

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-police-appeal-for-tips-on-22nd-anniversary-of-michael-dunahee-s-disappearance-1.97446 (http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-police-appeal-for-tips-on-22nd-anniversary-of-michael-dunahee-s-disappearance-1.97446)

Family photo of Michael Dunahee, who went missing from a Victoria playground on March 24, 1991, at age 4.

Photograph by: Dunahee Family


click to enlarge
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: lostlinganer on July 24, 2013, 09:27:16 PM
interesting but strange... I really don't get this article :-\  previous posts suggests there have been numerous possibles tested in the past.  ... so this article lacks detail for sure.

VICTORIA - Victoria police say they don't believe a B.C. man is the same person who went missing as a child from the city in 1991, but they're going to collect his DNA just to make sure.

Michael Dunahee disappeared from the school playground at Blanshard elementary March 24, 1991, sparking one of the biggest investigations in Canadian history.

Media reports across North America resulted in more than 11,000 tips to police.

Police say one tip has identified a man who could be Dunahee and who lives on B.C.'s mainland.

They say while they don't believe he is the missing child, police will collect his DNA because they have made a commitment to the family to investigate all tips thoroughly until Dunahee is found.

http://www.capebretonpost.com/Canada---World/Sports/2013-07-24/article-3327471/Victoria-police-get-tip-in-historic-case-of-missing-B.C.-boy%2C-turn-to-DNA/1
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: leonagleant on July 24, 2013, 10:11:24 PM
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/man-resembling-michael-dunahee-asked-for-dna-sample-1.1382502

I find the aged photo oddly distorted whereas the young Michael was a cute little boy who would have grown to be a handsome young man. Interesting that people reported this mystery man as resembling Dunahee. Perhaps they found something about his life curious as well?

Strange coincidence that there are news stories about two very cold cases this week - a Dunahee lookalike and a lookalike in the search for Melvyn Howe, the murderer of Sharin Morningstar Keenan.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: leonagleant on July 24, 2013, 11:20:01 PM
http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/07/michael-dunahee-canucks-forum-abduction/

Wow - the resemblance that is uncanny is between the mystery man and Michael Dunahee's father. They are dead ringers! I have always maintained that is the comparison people should look at in missing persons cases not the phony and misleading aged enhanced images. Now my hopes are really up and fingers crossed that this could be Michael, though police don't believe it.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: lostlinganer on July 25, 2013, 11:07:17 AM
I read your link leona;   as others have commented there:
- he remembers little or nothing about the first five years of his life.  (possibly because he was kept at home and schooled for a few years)
- he went to many schools because they moved a lot.

 - and he, himself states:
Quote
My mother always kept me separated from my family for good reason that I don’t need discuss publicly my dad left when I was young, and here’s a truth my sister is a drug addict that I haven’t spoken too. In years and I can’t go to my moms place as of right now because there’s an investigation into my mothers death, like get a grip I never once said I am him, but I’m obviously curious if they contacted me and want a DNA test…ok.

This leaves me asking myself if perhaps, upon the recent death of his supposed mother, did someone close to these people finally decide that now would be the time to contact authorities anonymously about this boy?  I also find it intriguing that this mother kept him
Quote
possibly! isolated from his father
  ... wonder what that could mean?  what father?  seems like his family led a life of precarious aspects which could have been the result of having an abducted child on their hands... then he becomes isolated from this family home because his "supposed mother's death" is under investigation and that home out of bounds, it would seem....... and the photos displayed at that link couldn't be any more accurate! jmo!
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: capeheart on July 25, 2013, 04:13:58 PM
I remember this case so well. It happened right after I came home from Victoria. I lived only about three blocks from where this happened and I couldn't believe it, because Victoria is such a nice place. It seems funny that the police are asking for DNA on this young man. I wonder if they have done an investigation on the background here about the young man. It sure sounds like it could be Michael. I mean about the mother not allowing him to see his dad. And does he remember his dad or maybe this is the part that is shady here. Maybe there was never a dad around and she was moving all over the place to keep his identity a secret. There is probability there for sure. Hoping they do find out and can clear it up.  :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: cana_nomad on July 25, 2013, 07:22:59 PM
Please please let this be him.  Really, how amazing would that be?  It just sounds like too many coincidences for it to not be him.  It is hard to see from outside of this lens, but even listening to me describe this, my husband said it was a pretty convincing lead.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: palisades on July 26, 2013, 06:36:14 AM
The photo of "Canuckels" bears a striking resemblence to Michael Dunahee's grandfather as a young man:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=harvey-joseph-dunahee&pid=149828532#fbLoggedOut
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: leonagleant on July 26, 2013, 07:42:03 AM
You know there is a similarity in expression on the face and eyes in particular though "canuckles" has a much larger nose more like Michael Dunahee's father. Thanks for posting that picture of the grandfather. It's just so hard to say if real resemblance is there in comparing photos or whether we are reading too much into it. I would love to know who thought of canuckles in the first place as a match cause I sure would not have seen it going from age enhanced photo alone. I can only assume that some suspicion about canuckle's geneology and history (e.g. not really belonging to his parents who raised him) played a part in the tip to police. I sure hope they don't ship the DNA to a slow lab in Ottawa that takes six months to provide an answer on this one.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: D1 on July 26, 2013, 11:18:09 AM
One would hope that there were something too it for the press to afford this much media coverage to the story. Its a bit cruel to the family to jump the gun in situations like this imo. I knew the mother of one missing person who just sat on pins and needles every time a body was discovered anytime around her vicinity. Many sleepness nights waiting and wondering. This guy should be tested by all means but maybe a little more discretely and I do hope for the sake of the family that the results come in sooner than later. More times than not, there is no match in these sort of circumstances..
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: leonagleant on July 28, 2013, 10:51:42 AM
When Michael Dunahee was kidnapped, the investigators/profiles said that it was a male, implying a male pedophile, who knew the area well, who was the kidnapper. Everyone talked about a dark van seen in the parking lot at the time. It was the first kidnapping by a stranger on Vancouver Island. As time goes on, and investigators said he could still be alive, it would suggest that Michael was kidnapped by someone who wanted to raise a child, though he would be a very difficult child to hide given his picture was plastered across the country. The best one could do would be dye his hair to change his appearance.

Also, following that scenario, these days we know about abductions that can occur involving a couple.

If you look on the Dunahee website and see videos from the day you will see that Dunahee's father as a young man was an extremely good looking young man, with almost Hollywood good looks and curly hair. Michael Dunahee as a boy was very cute as well. This man who someone thinks might be Dunahee looks like the now middle aged father quite a bit but is not nearly as attractive as the father was as a young man. Also young Michael Dunahee had elfin ears that were on a different placement on his head relative to his eye level compared with this man "canuckles".

  Sounds like there are family mysteries to be solved in canuckle's life but I'm not going to get my hopes up too high that he is the real deal.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Logical on July 28, 2013, 05:57:08 PM
I wonder if the mother that died made a death bed confession, or someone called police after she died and told them he was DM?

We believe I too as a child was attempted to be abducted, I was waiting with siblings at the front of a store in Toronto maybe 4 yrs old, siblings got restless went for Mom, when they returned an elderly lady was escorting me across the street at an intersection, my mother called my name, i tiruned to look at my mom and the woman just dropped my hand and kept walking, left me in the middle of the road. Lots of pedestrians and traffic, she was gone in a second. I have no recollection of this incident.

Logical


Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: jellybean on August 01, 2013, 12:01:23 PM
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/police-go-quiet-over-new-development-in-michael-dunahee-case-1.1384728


Police go quiet over new development in Michael Dunahee case
The Canadian Press
 Published Friday, July 26, 2013 8:30AM PDT 
 Last Updated Friday, July 26, 2013 8:31AM PDT 


VICTORIA -- Police have gone quiet and a website has pulled postings in the wake of a social media frenzy about the latest development in an historic and infamous cold case involving a four-year-old missing boy.

Victoria police announced Wednesday they're collecting DNA from a B.C. man identified by a tip as the possible grown-up Michael Dunahee, who vanished without a trace from a school play area where he was with his parents nearby March 24, 1991.

Investigators have been careful to say they believe it is unlikely the man is Dunahee. On the Facebook page "We Will Never Forget Michael Dunahee", someone identifying themselves as Dunahee's sibling wrote the tests are a "formality."


CTV BC: Police testing Michael Dunahee lookalike 
Victoria police say they don't believe a B.C. man is the same person who went missing as a child from the city in 1991, but they're going to collect his DNA just to make sure.

"We do not have any results yet," said the Facebook post. "We have been told that this is a formality and the police use the DNA so they can be 100 per cent before dismissing any tips."

But the police and the Facebook post couldn't dismiss the possibility that Dunahee might have finally been found alive, prompting breathless speculation.

Tweets by individuals and media organizations Thursday included "Surrey man could be missing child," "Rumours swirl that man could be B.C. child who disappeared in 1991," "Michael Dunahee, can it be?"

News stories published side-by-side photos, highlighting the uncanny resemblance between the adult who said in an online post he was approached by police for his DNA and the police composite sketch of what Dunahee would look like as an adult.

"I never once said I am him, but I'm obviously curious if they contacted me and want a DNA test," said the posting on a fan forum run by canucks.com, and quoted extensively in media reports.

That site was taken down Thursday morning, replaced with a note from the administrator.

"A member had posted (in confidence between the membership), and that information was taken outside of the forums and distributed," wrote the administrator. "In respect to this person's privacy, this matter is now closed in order to keep in line with that."

But the posting was reproduced on the website vancitybuzz.com.

The story has now appeared across the country, running in national newspapers, metropolitan dailies and the websites of broadcasters and community papers.

The story has always generated widespread interest, a set of circumstances that appear in any parent's worst nightmare.

Crystal Dunahee, the boy's mother, appeared on the "Geraldo Rivera" talk show with John Walsh, the host of America's Most Wanted," in January 1993.

After meeting a psychic on a Seattle, Wash., television talk show, she travelled to Torrence, Calif., the following year to chase down a lead.

Bruce Dunahee, the boy's father, also said at the time he had travelled to Wyoming with a psychic to search for his son.

In February, 2005, Victoria police announced they hired some retired serious-crime investigators to review five cases, including the Dunahee's.

Victoria police announced in March 2006 a reward of up to $100,000 for information that leads to the successful conclusion of the case.

The investigation headed to Milwaukee, Wis., in January 2009. Media reports at the time indicated police had found a poster of Dunahee in the home of a man who had died of natural causes but confessed to his psychiatrist to killing two children in the late 1950s.

Last November, author Valerie Green published a new book on the case. The book's cover displayed photos of Dunahee just before his disappearance and a composite sketch of what he'd look like as a 22-year-old man.

On vancitybuzz.com, the unidentified man said he had been contacted by Victoria police who had taken his blood, was "freaked out," and even began to question his own identity, saying he had no memories prior to Grade 1.

"Think about this for a second: you second guess everything in a short period of time. This is really tough."

Making matters worse, he added, was the recent death of his mother who kept him separated from his family.

"I don't know what to think," he added. "Part of me thinks it could be, but others don't. I just want them to take my DNA and figure this out."
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: jellybean on August 10, 2013, 07:34:36 PM
http://globalnews.ca/news/771218/michael-dunahee-dna-case-test-results-may-take-months-to-come-back/

 
August 9, 2013 9:24 am
   
Michael Dunahee DNA case test results may take months to come back

By Amy Judd     Global News

Victoria Police say it may take months for the DNA test results to come back in the Michael Dunahee case. They are not saying why it might take that long.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: SAP on August 11, 2013, 09:19:30 AM
Might be b/c of the backlog they have for reasons of forensic testing that may need to be done first for court cases. Yet I would think this is also of utmost necessity to put both families minds at ease. Can you just imagine the Dunahee family who have searched all these years and they must wait; as well the question seems to be burning for this young man as well. Police did say they don't think this young man is Michael Dunahee but are just doing it as a follow up on all tips they get. I wouldn't be too happy waiting that is for sure.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: D1 on August 11, 2013, 10:14:35 AM
I have no idea why this charade is even being allowed to play out in public like this. Some very basic preliminary testing paternity/ familial typing can be done privately quite cheaply with results back in weeks. The results are not as accurate but they are say within 94 - 98 % accuracy compared to 99.9% I.m quite sure that is enough to either rule in or out any of the possibilities. The complete test could be done afterwards if justified.

Seems we have DNA games going on within our official testing facilities. We, (our government) has cut back funding for DNA labs and at times it seems they use some high profile examples to demonstrate how long the wait times are. It puts a publicly recognized constriction on the system which can be used as an excuse for long wait times for court cases Police charges etc.. Eventually it will justify more tax payer funding via taxes etc.. The Dunahees are being used as pawns imo. 
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: SAP on August 11, 2013, 12:05:22 PM
I guess it was meant to be quiet but the young man posted his concerns on a sports forum of sorts and the media got wind of it and played it up. So the forum took down the posts to protect the young man's ID. He had been approached by police but felt he had to talk to someone about it and chose the wrong place.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: eyeswideopen on August 12, 2013, 08:47:24 AM
What a nightmare this must be for this young man as well, to have to sit and wait months to see who he is.  Wouldnt want to be in that position, waiting to find out if every think you have known all your life and everything to do with your mother could turn out to be a lie.  A nightmare indeed
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: D1 on August 12, 2013, 10:25:55 AM
Dragging it out like this is a bad procedure for instances like this imo. The Dunahees have gone through enough and don't need to endure what I'm sure could have been settled to preliminary satisfaction much more quickly. . Lots of people have scant memories prior being 5 years old. Many have reasons for wanting to forget other than having been abducted. Not so long ago a young man was found suffering from amnesia and the media made broad appeals to the public to identify him. Eventually he was identified as being a former European gay porn actor and that was the last heard from him.

Once someone has forgotten their past, its easy enough for them to forget why they wanted to forget in the first place and you run into things like this. There may be something lurking back in his past, he may have suffered past abuse or any number of other things that can cause one to want to forget. Mental health issues can prompt this sort of behaviour. Being abducted is not necessarily on the list of things people always try to forget. For some that is the only memory they try to hold onto. This could have been handled differently, more compassionately and more expediently for all concerned IMO.
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: jellybean on August 12, 2013, 10:13:10 PM
to quote D1

Dragging it out like this is a bad procedure for instances like this imo. The Dunahees have gone through enough and don't need to endure what I'm sure could have been settled to preliminary satisfaction much more quickly.  unquote

Perhaps there is a faster way of checking his dna = private labs as an example, as
we are backlogged here in Canada.

It places the Dunahee family on a waiting list?  Not to mention the young man who by now is questioning his heritage.

The police did say that they have reservations about there being a match - so am wondering if the dna went into a long line up. In other words they focus on priority cases first and to their way of thinking this is not a priority.?

It is not of much help to the Subjects involved that is for sure.


jb

Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: leonagleant on September 09, 2013, 08:50:39 PM
The DNA tests results are in and the man in question is NOT Michael Dunahee.

https://www.vicpd.ca/media/media-releases/2013/vicpd-receives-dna-results-regarding-michael-dunahee-investigation
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Concerned on August 02, 2014, 05:54:51 PM
How police search for missing children decades later
Abducted at 4, Michael Dunahee is Canada's best-known abduction case
By Aleksandra Sagan , CBC News Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:26 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 26, 2013 10:42 AM ET

Police have been searching for Michael Dunahee for more than 22 years, since the then four-year-old boy disappeared during a family outing in Victoria, B.C. While the missing child is believed to have grown into a 26-year-old man, police investigative techniques have also matured, making the Victoria Police Department hopeful that Michael's case can still be resolved.

On March 24, 1991, Michael disappeared from a school playground while with his parents and younger sister.

The disappearance — labelled an abduction the following day — sparked one of the largest child abduction investigations in Canadian history, involving nearly 100 police officers from the region and across B.C.'s Lower Mainland.

Almost two decades ago, Michael's case went what would be considered viral by today's standards:


Social media savvy investigations

Twenty-two years later, Michael remains missing. But now investigators are becoming more savvy with new technologies, Sgt. Lana Prosper, who runs the RCMP's National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains, told CBC News.

[investigators] try to think outside of the box as far as they can to see what else is out there or what new technology could help them bring closure," she said.
The centre offers a computerized photo-age progression service for children who have been missing for at least two years.

Based on the newest photos of the child and photos of their biological family members, a trained forensic artist creates an image showing what the child would look like today. A missing person website created for Michael shows photos of what he would look like at five, 10, 15, 17 and 26 years old.

Prosper said investigators not only use these photos to update flyers and websites, but also for online sleuthing. Tips and searches using images can bring up social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter with photos of the missing child, she said.

A few years ago, investigators located a Canadian child who had been missing for 15 years when they discovered photos on a social media account of a person who looked like an artist's rendering of the missing child, she said.

The person had been kidnapped at such a young age and removed from the former environment to such a degree that this person never realized there had been an abduction. The name of the person cannot be released because the case involved a minor.

Investigators also search for photos being posted by the kidnapper.

Signy Arnason, the associate executive director for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, said usually those cases involve children kidnapped by a parent rather than a stranger. Though she recognizes the importance of online sleuthing in missing children cases.

"Most people — almost all people — have some type of technological imprint on the internet," she said. "You never know what you're going to find."

Online presence is crucial

The centre works to keep missing children cases in the public eye, she said, and helped Michael's parents create a website to serve as a home base for all the information about his case.

"It's the most well-known case in Canadian history in terms of a missing child," she said. Over the course of the investigation, police have looked into more than 11,000 tips.

"Somebody knows what has happened to this boy, so we want to ensure that we are keeping that out in the public forum," said Arnason.

She said she hopes the website and any other publicity will help people come forward and reports tips or sightings, eventually leading to a much-needed break in the cold case.

Sgt. Prosper said investigators spend a lot of energy using social networking sites to reach potential tipsters.

When a new missing-child report emerges, or an older case like Michael's is revisited on its anniversary, social media can bring the story to someone who may have information, but is unaware of the situation, like a tourist who was passing through the area at the time, but did not see the local news the next day.

Keeping hope alive

Michael's parents, Crystal and Bruce Dunahee, both believe their son is still alive. Crystal calls it "mother's intuition."

Crystal Dunahee's son, Michael, was abducted 22 years ago in Victoria, B.C., but she remains hopeful that he is still alive. (www.michaeldunahee.ca)

"I'm just wondering, you know, do I have any grandchildren, or where he is, or what's going on with his life," said his father.

Propser said she thinks keeping hope alive is important for parents of children who have been missing for long periods of time and she doesn't view it as a negative thing.

"A lot of the time, as investigators, that's what we need too," said Prosper. "We need to know that the parents are hopeful. It keeps us motivated."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/how-police-search-for-missing-children-decades-later-1.1340766
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Besani on March 25, 2015, 05:43:54 AM
VANCOUVER – Michael Dunahee disappeared from the playground of a Victoria elementary school 24 years ago today. He was only four years old.

Dunahee was last seen at about 12:30 p.m. in the area of the school playground of Blanshard Elementary School on March 24, 1991.

He was wearing a blue-hooded jacket with red lining and red cuffs, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt, multi-coloured rugby pants and blue sneakers.

Victoria Police say Michael’s disappearance spawned one of the largest police investigations in Canadian history, and the case remains an active investigation. “Officers remain committed to this investigation and will continue to investigate the disappearance of Michael,” Victoria Police said in a release Tuesday morning.

In a March, 2013, interview with Global News, Crystal Dunahee looked back on that day: “Giving my permission to let him go play in the park by himself…I should have made him wait. That’s the hardest part to deal with.”

In 2013 police tested the DNA of a Surrey man following a tip from a member of the public that the man bore a striking resemblance to Michael.

The man said he had no prior memory to Grade 1, and believed there was a possibility he could be Michael Dunahee. However, it was confirmed he was not the missing boy.

The website michaeldunahee.ca was set up as a project of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, and provides information on the disappearance. The site displays family photos, home video, and maps of the area where he was last seen. It aims to raise awareness of the case as well as lead to new tips.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1900017/michael-dunahee-disappeared-from-victoria-school-24-years-ago/
Title: Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
Post by: Concerned on February 20, 2016, 05:32:27 PM

I just read the article from 2009 below and a few items stand out:

Here is an excerpt from a story about Jacob Wetterling's abduction: "On the evening of Oct. 22, 1989, Jacob Wetterling, 11, his brother Trevor, 10, and best friend Aaron, 11, were on their way home from a convenience store when they were stopped by a masked gunman who ordered them to throw their bikes in a ditch and lay face down on the ground. He  then asked each of the boys their age. After the boys responded, he instructed Trevor to run into the woods and told him not to look back or he would shoot him and then ordered Aaron to do the same...As Trevor and Aaron were running away, they glanced back to see the gunman grab Jacob's arm. When Aaron and Trevor reached the wooded area and turned around again, the gunman and Jacob were gone." Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/mom-pens-powerful-birthday-letter-son-missing-26/story?id=37054532


Here is the story that makes me wonder if he was ever a suspect or consideration for Wetterling's case. The boys that were in the park with him might be able to identify the guy if they have images from what this perp looked like back then.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/01/06/bc-missing-boy-case.html

U.S. police have found a "missing person" poster of a Victoria boy who disappeared almost 18 years ago at the Milwaukee home of a possible child killer, CBC News has learned.

Michael Dunahee disappeared on March 24, 1991, from a park near his home in Victoria. One of the biggest Canadian police investigations ever ensued, but he was never found.

At the time, his family believed Michael, then 4? years old, had been abducted. His missing-person file remains open, and a Victoria police officer is still assigned to the cold case.

CBC News contacted Crystal Dunahee, Michael's mother, on Tuesday, but she declined to comment on this latest twist until after she receives more information.

According to Milwaukee police, Vernon Seitz, 62, confessed last month to his psychiatrist that he had killed two children in 1959. Milwaukee police later raided Seitz's home and found him dead of natural causes.

Child pornography uncovered
But officers made significant discoveries in his basement: piles of child pornography and files on unsolved missing children cases in the United States from the late 1980s and 1990s.

Milwaukee police are refusing to discuss the case, saying the investigation is ongoing, but CBC News obtained results of their search warrants Tuesday.

Among the hundreds of items seized in Seitz's basement were scores of drawings of nude boys in bondage, books on cannibalism, blond human hair and a bone.

A "missing person" poster of Michael was also found, along with a copy of a map of somewhere not in Milwaukee, titled "Millstream Park."

Northwest of Victoria, there is a Millstream Road that leads to several remote parks.

Victoria police said Tuesday they have not been contacted by any U.S. officers but are interested in any new leads or links in the Dunahee case.

While Seitz confessed to killing two children, he never mentioned anything involving the Canadian boy to his psychiatrist, Milwaukee police said.

Local investigators are attempting to trace Seitz's movements in the late 1980s and early '90s to determine whether he travelled to Canada, specifically B.C.