Michael Dunahee disappeared at the peak of a trend in rising crime that had been hitting Canada since the 1960s. In between 1983 and 1992, Canada's rate of child abductions increased by 65 per cent. But unlike most of those disappearances, there were no family members within the Dunahee family with designs on abducting Michael. And while British Columbia in this era was cursed by the occasional serial killer targeting children, none were known to be in the vicinity of Vancouver Island at this time.
Michael Dunahee was four years old when he went missing on March 24, 1991. Dunahee's family is not the only one haunted by the mystery surrounding his disappearance. The RCMP's Missing Persons Unit — which continues to investigate the case — has spent 30 years working on it, but from the outset, the case defied normal investigative techniques: There was no body, no crime scene, not even a verifiable witness.
The RCMP's Missing Persons Unit investigated the case in its entirety for three decades, but has never found a definitive lead or a single person who saw anything unusual on that late afternoon in March 1991.
The disappearance of Michael Dunahee is one of the most confounding and unusual missing children's cases in Canadian history.
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