WATCH ABOVE: Cst. Mike Russell from the Victoria Police speaks to Global News BC1’s Sonia Sunger about the case.
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.”
Watch the March 2013 story below:
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.
– With files from Erika Tucker
Watch our story from 2014 on the 23rd anniversary: