Officers working in the Makayla Chang murder case in Nanaimo are turning to the public to find a man they say is now being called a person of interest in their investigation.
Police say they have exhausted all avenues of the investigation and are unable to locate 59-year-old Steven Michael Bacon.
Makayla’s family says she had a disturbing bond with Bacon, who wanted to adopt her and called her his “dearest baby bird.”
When 16-year-old Makayla first disappeared in March 2017 police also turned to the public to help find Bacon — he was located in April of that year and was interviewed.
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In a statement to CHEK News, Makayla’s family says:
“It’s frustrating that no one has been brought to justice in her death, we are grateful the RCMP is doing this. We are hopeful they’ll be a break in the case soon.”
RCMP do not know if Bacon is still on the Island.
“While we cannot rule out that he is in Nanaimo or remains on Vancouver Island, we have been unable to locate him and are now asking the entire country to help us, as we believe he has important information,” said Sgt. Rob Graves from Nanaimo RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit in a statement.
He is described as a white 59-year-old white man, who is five-feet 10 inches tall, and is 200 pounds. He has grey hair and/or facial hair. He has a distinctive tear drop tattoo under his left eye, a Bugs Bunny tattoo on his upper right arm and an unidentified tattoo on the back of his right hand.
He may be using alternative names such as Michael Dufour, Michael Vincent Defoure, Steven Michael/Mike Vincent or Mike Jannis.
He is also known to use public transit.
Anyone with information on Bacon’s whereabouts is asked to contact local police or the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.comor call 1-800-222-8477.