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The search for Michael Dunahee continues with age-enhanced sketch

The new sketch aims to show what Michael Dunahee might look like at 34.
Image Credit: Victoria Police
March 24, 2021 - 8:58 AM

Michael Dunahee went missing 30 years ago today and to bring new attention to the case, Victoria Police released an age-enhanced sketch of what he might look like now.

“It is our hope that this new sketch, which shows what Michael may look like today, as a grown man, will help bring us the answers we need," his mother, Crystal Dunahee said in a statement.

Michael would be 34 years old today and Cpl. Virginia Bernier worked with the Dunahee family and Victoria Police to create the image.

“It’s an honour to be part of this investigation. Michael’s story really hits home for all of us. It’s my hope that my work, in some small way, helps resolve this file.” BC RCMP Forensic Sketch Artist Cpl. Virginia Bernier said in a media release.

It was March 24, 1991, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the four-year-old boy went missing from the Blanshard school playground, just a short distance away from his family. A large number of people were in the area at the time for a touch football game but a sign of the young boy was never found. Extensive searches involving hundreds of volunteers and multiple police agencies have yet to discover what happened to Michael 30 years ago.

Over the years, the Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive run has continued annually in Victoria, a fundraiser to keep up awareness and pleas for information. His family refuses to give up on finding out what happened to Michael 30 years ago.

"We want to commend the Victoria Police Department for their commitment to finding Michael, and their efforts today to continue the search,” Lianna McDonald, Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, said in a statement. “Michael did not just vanish. Someone somewhere knows what happened to him. It’s been 30 years – it’s time to come forward and share that information and help this hurting family.”

Victoria Police have launched a webpage where anyone can offer tips if they might know what happened to Michael. Tipsters can also call 250-995-7444 instead.

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