Dunahee family walks to ‘Keep the Hope Alive’: 27th anniversary of Michael’s disappearance


WATCH: It’s been 27 years since four-year-old Michael Dunahee went missing from a Victoria park. His parents are still desperate for answers. Isabelle Raghem reports. 

“Somebody’s got that one clue to help solve the disappearance of Michael, our son, we’re just waiting for that one lead,” said Bruce Dunahee, Michael’s father, during a walk in his son’s honour Sunday.

The Dunahee’s,  and the community’s desperate search for answers is what drew a crowd of over 100 to the 27th annual “Keep the Hope Alive” run and walk in Esquimalt this weekend.

“It’s heartwarming. It’s nice to see we still have supporters behind us that come out every year,” said Crystal Dunahee, Michael’s mother.

March 24th marks the anniversary of the disappearance of four-year-old Micheal Dunahee.

The blonde boy is believed to have been abducted in the spring of 1991. He was last seen playing on the playground at the former Blanshard Elementary in Victoria.

His abduction sparked one of the largest police investigations in Canadian history.

“We just want that one piece of information to come forward to help us,” added Crystal Dunahee.

“It gives me and Crystal a lot of hope knowing that people have come out for years and years haven’t given up,” said Crystal’s husband.

Police have received thousands of tips throughout the decades but none have closed the case.

“Any time there’s a file that involving a child it just takes the emotion to a new level, ” said Victoria police Inspector Keith Lindner, who has worked on the case on-and-off since the beginning.

“For those of us who’ve worked on it for a long time and come out to this run or other events, we hope every year is the last year because I’m able to give the Dunahees some closure.”

There’s hope an event like this will push someone to finally come forward.

“We’re just hoping the person who took Michael or knows something realizes that we’re here to stay until we find our son, just help us,” added Bruce Dunahee.

For more information on the case or to submit a tip, you can visit the Dunahees’ website:  http://michaeldunahee.ca.

A tip can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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