Investigators with the Victoria Police Department continue to search for Michael Dunahee, a person that went missing 31 years ago as of March 24, 2022.
On March 24th, 1991, at approximately 12:30 p.m., four-year-old Michael Dunahee disappeared from the area of the Blanshard School playground, just a short distance away from his family, says Victoria Police.
Dunahee’s family was in the area at the time participating in a touch football game at the time of Michael’s disappearance. An extensive search was launched immediately, which involved hundreds of volunteers and police from multiple agencies, however, he was never found.
Last year, investigators released an age-enhanced sketch of Michael — created by BC RCMP forensic sketch artist Cpl. Virginia Bernier — showing Michael as he may appear at 34 years old. Additionally, an online tip portal was also launched in the hopes that he may be spotted. Hundreds of tips have been received and continue to be investigated, however, VicPD has not landed on a breakthrough in the case at this time.
“Michael’s family has turned their tragedy into a grassroots effort to protect other families. The annual Michael Dunahee ‘Keep The Hope Alive’ Run has been a fixture in our community for 31 years,” reads a statement from Victoria Police. “Each year, families run and walk both to mark Michael’s disappearance and highlight the ongoing search, but all monies raised go to Child Find BC.”
Victoria Police investigators are continuing to work on Dunahee’s disappearance in the hope that they can find answers.
“We remain committed to solving Michael’s disappearance,” VicPD Chief Del Manak said. “Our investigators truly appreciate all of the information and support we are receiving from our community.”
The investigation into Michael Dunahee’s disappearance remains one of the largest missing person investigations in Canada, let alone Vancouver Island.
Anyone with possible information about Michael Dunahee’s disappearance is being asked to visit vicpd.ca/michaeldunaheetips or contact VicPD’s dedicated Michael Dunahee Tip Line at 250-995-7444.