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‘Keep the hope alive’: Michael Dunahee walk and run marks 33rd anniversary of disappearance


This past weekend; parents, children and community members gathered in Esquimalt for the Michael Dunahee ‘Keep The Hope Alive’ Walk/Run. 

VicPD says that they are continuing to search for Michael Dunahee after 33 years since his disappearance. 

According to police, on March 24th, 1991, at around 12:30 p.m., 4-year-old Michael Dunahee disappeared from the area of the Blanshard School playground, just a short distance away from his family. 

At the time, there were many families and spectators in the area for a football game.

Police say they conducted an extensive search of the area and had hundreds of volunteers and other police agencies aiding in the effort. 

Three years ago, in 2021, VicPD launched a new website for people to easily submit tips on what may have happened to Dunahee. 

VicPD says that since its launch, hundreds of tips have come in. 

This investigation is one of the largest missing person cases in Canada, according to police. 

Anyone with information about Michael Dunahee’s disappearance can submit a tip online or contact VicPD’s dedicated Michael Dunahee tip line at (250) 995-7444. 

“All it could take is one person to bring Michael home,” said VicPD.

On Sunday, March 24th, the annual Michael Dunahee ‘Keep The Hope Alive’ Walk/Run took place in Esquimalt as a way for the Dunahee family to raise awareness for their missing son and to try to get their message out so this will not happen to any more families. 

All the money that gets raised goes to Child Find BC, an organization launched by the Dunahees to help other parents whose children have gone missing. 

This year there were 167 participants in the walk/run and over $2,000 was raised for Child Find BC.

Curtis Blandy

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