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« Reply #120 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


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« Reply #121 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.
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Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
« Reply #122 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.


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Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
« Reply #123 on: September 09, 2013, 08:50:39 PM »
The DNA tests results are in and the man in question is NOT Michael Dunahee.


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« Reply #124 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:

  • Two months after the kidnapping, 35 Canadian cities plastered missing-child posters with Michael's information at bus stops and other public spaces.
  • America's Most Wanted, a popular U.S. true crime program, appealed to the public for help and received reports of some 200 sightings across the country.
  • Every household in B.C.'s Lower Mainland received a missing-child poster.

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. (

"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."


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Re: Michael Wayne Dunahee - Abducted - Victoria BC 1991
« Reply #125 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 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.


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« Reply #126 on: February 20, 2016, 05:32:27 PM »

I just read the article from 2009 below and a few items stand out:
  • If Vernon Seitz was 62 how could he confess (in 2009 since this story is from 2009)  to his psychiatrist that he had killed two children in 1959? He would have been 12 at the time he claims he killed two children.
  • They refer to Millstream Park. If you perform a Google search, there is a Millstream Park in St. Joseph Minnesota.
  • The article says the perp had tons child porn and pictures of abuse from the 1980s and 1990s. If so, then they should look into Jacob Wetterling who went missing at the age of 11 on October 22, 1989 in a park in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

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:

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.

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.