March 23, 2013 marks the 22nd anniversary since the kidnapping of Michael Dunahee, then 4. Click here to view anniversary video.
- Full Name: Michael Wayne Dunahee
- Missing From:
- British Columbia
- Birthdate: May 12, 1986
- Date of Disappearance: March 24, 1991
- Age Then: 4
- Age Now: 26
- Race: White Sex: Male
- Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
- Height: 3’0″ Weight: 51 pounds
- Other: Michael was starting to show freckles when he disappeared
Michael Dunahee was four when he vanished in Victoria, BC as he played in Blanshard Park Elementary School, also known as Blanshard Street Playground. He has never been found.
On March 24th, 1991 at approximately 12:30PM Michael’s mother, Crystal Dunahee pulled into the parking lot of Blanshard Park. She was a part of a female football league and practice was being held at the field right beside the playground where Michael wanted to play. Michael’s father, Bruce Dunahee, reminded his son not to wander away from the playground or leave with any of the other children. He then took Michael’s younger sister, 16-month-old Caitlyn, and walked no more than 100 meters away to the side of the ball field to watch the game. About five minutes later Bruce looked over at the playground and it was empty. Michael was nowhere to be found.
Victoria Police were called and a search around the vicinity was immediately searched but he was never found.
Two other witnesses, in addition to Michael’s parents, told the police that they did see Michael playing in the park that day. His family was quickly ruled out as a possible suspect and it is believed that he was kidnapped.
Michael’s disappearance was National news for many year and was reported mainly in Canada and the US.
The case sparked one of the largest police investigations in Canadian history and to date, over 11,000 tips have been received and followed up on. However, despite the large number of tips, and dozen of searches, police do not have any solid leads in the case.
Michael’s mother Crystal has become an advocate for missing children’s issues in British Columbia, and currently serves as the president of Child Find British Columbia. The community of Esquimalt, part of the Greater Victoria metropolitan area, holds an annual charity event called the Michael Dunahee “Keep the Hope Alive” Fund Run to raise money for Child Find. 2013 will mark the 22nd annual run.
Photo of Crystal Dunahee speaking out about Michael her missing, presumed abducted, son.
In 2002, Crystal lent her voice to support the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in calls to introduce an Amber Alert system in BC, stating that she believes her son would have been found had such a program existed in 1991. The Amber Alert system has since been implemented in most regions of Canada.
A reward of $100,000 is being offered for any information on the possible whereabouts of Michael Dunahee, or the arrested and conviction of those responsible for his disappearance.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:
Victoria Police Department (250) 995-7444
Child Find 1-800-387-7962