Dunahee family marks National Missing Children’s Day

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – It’s one been more than two decades, yet one of the best-known missing persons cases in Canada remains unsolved. On this National Missing Children’s Day, a BC family continues to hold out hope their little boy will be found.

It was March 24, 1991 when a then four-year-old Michael Dunahee vanished from his parents’ sight as they unloaded the family car at a Victoria park.

More than two decades later Crystal Dunahee, Michael’s mother, says after all these years, she has never — and will never — give up hope. “Until we have the answer that tells us otherwise… We just know that some day something will happen and the right piece of information will be brought forward to help us put the pieces together as to what happened.”

She adds the family last spoke to police in March of this year, around the anniversary of Michael’s disappearance. The case remains open.

“The investigation is ongoing. They continue to get tips. They always bring in more staff when different anniversaries are marked just to help man the phones because they get so many calls.”

Dunahee admits it’s difficult to hear the stories about children who go missing and she wants people to keep their eyes open for any kids, adding the smallest piece of information could bring a family the closure they desperately need.

“We do what we can to keep everything going and try to keep our own sanity as well. Like, I do a lot of running so I go out and pound the pavement when I get frustrated.”

Acknowledging it’s still hard, she adds day-to-day, as a family, they don’t really talk about Michael’s disappearance. But he is the motivation that continues to push them forward.

“It does and… especially the message for other children is letting them know that if something was to happen to them, that your family wouldn’t give up on you. You can’t just close the door and say, ‘No, I’m not going to do it,’ because it really doesn’t set the right message… You don’t have the answers. You need to continue moving forward until you have the answers that you can actually close that door.”

If you have any information about this case you are asked to call the Victoria Police Detective Tip Line at (250) 995-7444 or at (250) 995-7654.

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