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#1 amor de cosmos

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:42 AM

New link in cold case of Victoria boy missing since 1991
Michael Dunahee hasn't been seen since he disappeared from a local park

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | 11:04 PM ET
CBC News

U.S. police have found a "missing person" poster of a Victoria boy who disappeared almost 18 years ago at the Milwaukee home of a possible child killer, CBC News has learned.

Michael Dunahee disappeared on March 24, 1991, from a park near his home in Victoria. One of the biggest Canadian police investigations ever ensued, but he was never found.

At the time, his family believed Michael, then 4½ years old, had been abducted. His missing-person file remains open, and a Victoria police officer is still assigned to the cold case.

CBC News contacted Crystal Dunahee, Michael's mother, on Tuesday, but she declined to comment on this latest twist until after she receives more information.

According to Milwaukee police, Vernon Seitz, 62, confessed last month to his psychiatrist that he had killed two children in 1959. Milwaukee police later raided Seitz's home and found him dead of natural causes.

Child pornography uncovered

But officers made significant discoveries in his basement: piles of child pornography and files on unsolved missing children cases in the United States from the late 1980s and 1990s.

Milwaukee police are refusing to discuss the case, saying the investigation is ongoing, but CBC News obtained results of their search warrants Tuesday.

Among the hundreds of items seized in Seitz's basement were scores of drawings of nude boys in bondage, books on cannibalism, blond human hair and a bone.

A "missing person" poster of Michael was also found, along with a copy of a map of somewhere not in Milwaukee, titled "Millstream Park."

Northwest of Victoria, there is a Millstream Road that leads to several remote parks.

Victoria police said Tuesday they have not been contacted by any U.S. officers but are interested in any new leads or links in the Dunahee case.

While Seitz confessed to killing two children, he never mentioned anything involving the Canadian boy to his psychiatrist, Milwaukee police said.

Local investigators are attempting to trace Seitz's movements in the late 1980s and early '90s to determine whether he travelled to Canada, specifically B.C.

http://www.cbc.ca/ca...g-boy-case.html

Missing B.C. boy's poster found in Milwaukee
Canwest News Service
January 6, 2009

VICTORIA — Police have found a poster of a B.C. boy who disappeared in 1991 inside the home of a possible U.S. child killer, an American television station reported Tuesday night.

Michael Dunahee, a blond boy with a big smile, was four years old when he disappeared on March 24, 1991, from a park near his Victoria home. It's one of the most well-known missing person cases in Canadian history.

Dunahee has never been found.

Milwaukee TV station TMJ4 reported Tuesday that U.S. police found a missing person poster of the boy inside the Milwaukee home of Vernon Seitz, 62, who confessed just before dying to killing two children in 1958.

Search warrants obtained by the TV station revealed that police found "'missing flyers of small children from nearby states and communities, along with news articles of missing children' and 'books on how to perform cannibalism.'"

A poster of Dunahee was among the posters, TMJ4 reported.

Police also found newly poured concrete in the basement and elevated dirt piles in the backyard, said the station.

It's unclear whether Seitz was involved in the Dunahee case, the station reported.

Dunahee's mother, Crystal, said police finding a poster of her son seems insignificant.

"It's a poster," she said. "We sent out hundreds and thousands of posters across Canada and North America."

Local police were unaware of the report when contacted.

Insp. Clark Russell, head of investigative services for the Victoria police, said members of the department would be interested in talking to their Milwaukee counterparts.

"By all means, we would send guys back to Milwaukee, whatever it takes to follow up on it if there's something there. But we have yet to receive any official notice from the Americans."

Victoria police Det.-Sgt. Al Cochrane has been investigating the cold case.

"It's definitely a catch-22," Cochrane said earlier this year about spending countless hours working on a constant stream of clues. "But I still believe there's somebody out there that knows what happened to Michael and for whatever reason hasn't been able to come forward and say it."

Officials offered a $100,000 reward for information on the case in 2006.

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Dunahee case surfaces in U.S., but no hard evidence
By Jeff Bell, Times Colonist
January 7, 2009

Media outlets in Milwaukee, Wisc. are reporting that a now-dead man with possible ties to a pair of 1958 child murders had material in his home relating to other cases of missing children, including Victoria's Michael Dunahee.

Television station TMJ4 said 62-year-old Milwaukee barber Vernon Seitz is alleged to have made a deathbed confession to his doctor about the murders, but died from what are believed to be natural causes on Dec. 15, before police could begin to investigate. A subsequent search of Seitz's one-storey, single-family home, as described in an affidavit from Milwaukee's First Judicial District, had an officer discovering child pornography near Seitz's bed, along with paintings of naked boys being tortured by adults.

The affidavit also said the officer saw "missing" flyers for young children from nearby communities and states, along with news articles of missing children.

According to TMJ4, a poster about Dunahee's 1991 disappearance was among the items found. The station ran 1991 television footage from the initial stages of the Victoria investigation.

Michael's mother, Crystal, said she is not overly concerned with police finding a poster about her son. "It's a poster," she said. "We sent out hundreds and thousands of posters across Canada and North America."

No further link to Michael Dunahee has been established, and local police were unaware of the report when contacted by the Times Colonist.

Insp. Clark Russell, head of investigative services for Victoria police, said members of the department would be interested in talking to their Milwaukee counterparts.

"By all means, we would send guys back to Milwaukee, whatever it takes to follow up on it if there's something there. But we have yet to receive any official notice from the Americans."

Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz acknowledged that there were unusual things found in the search, but she told The Associated Press that the investigation didn't come up with anything to show a connection with missing children.

"To suggest that this guy had anything to do with these missing children cases is absolutely inaccurate," she said.

Michael Dunahee was four years old when he disappeared from a Victoria playground on March 24, 1991. Victoria police continue to sift through tips, and have dealt with hundreds since officials offered a $100,000 reward in 2006.

The Dunahee family honours Michael and missing children each year with a community run and walk.

http://www.timescolo...html?id=1150319

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:53 AM

I am fairly sure that this person is not involved. I listented to the radio and the discussion with the mom and police seem to say that the link is unlikely and that the posters were easy to get.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:59 AM

When I first read this I thought - what a heart wrenching development for the family, and I hoped it wouldn't lead to all these painful feelings being stirred up again for nothing. But it sounds like the Dunahees are reacting rationally to the news. It is a slim lead if a lead at all, and they seem to know it.
Such a sad affair, but at least they turned his abduction into a charity event that helps other children.
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#4 amor de cosmos

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:58 AM

Mysterious U.S. man was 'familiar' to family of missing Michael Dunahee
Last Updated: Thursday, January 8, 2009 | 12:53 AM ET
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http://www.cbc.ca/ca...nahee-case.html

#5 Phil McAvity

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 11:29 AM

making news out of nothing at all.
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#6 Mr_E_Squirrel

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:03 PM

http://www.vancitybu...orum-abduction/
It has been 22 years since Michael Dunahee vanished from the school playground at Blanshard Elementary School in Victoria, B.C. on March 24, 1991. He was only 4 years old, and the case is still unsolved to this day.

In recent weeks, an online forum user that goes by the name “Canuckels” thought there was a possibility that he may be Michael Dunahee. He claims he was contacted by the Victoria Police Department and is now awaiting the results of a time intensive DNA test for a possible match.

This is above link is from Victoria Explorer's FB Feed

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:16 PM

That's a hell of a thing.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:14 PM

Very sad.

Best to keep this quiet until the test is done as I am sure that 99.9999% of these guys turn out to be quacks. Most be horrible for the family.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:03 PM

They showed a picture of the guy and Bruce Dunahee said there is no way thats his kid

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:07 PM

This guy just gives up a blood sample, I hope they told him he had rights.
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#11 gumgum

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:29 PM

They showed a picture of the guy and Bruce Dunahee said there is no way thats his kid

Look at his mouth.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:54 PM

The gum line and the way they are around his teeth aren't even close.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:31 PM

Look at it again. And look at the puffiness on either side of the bridge of the nose. Look at the shape of the mouth and the eyes.
The only thing that makes me doubt it's him is the hook of the nose on the grown person. But that could possibly be the nature of this particular smile.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:06 PM

Look at it again. And look at the puffiness on either side of the bridge of the nose. Look at the shape of the mouth and the eyes.
The only thing that makes me doubt it's him is the hook of the nose on the grown person. But that could possibly be the nature of this particular smile.


The nose might be incorrect, but then again you are looking at a computer generated image on the left to make the comparison.

I say that it could be him if you compare the shape of the left ear, and what appears to be a mole on the left cheek.

http://www.vancitybu...orum-abduction/

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:41 PM

^i wasn't comparing to the computer image. I was looking at this one: http://www.vancitybu...orum-abduction/

But just look at the teeth. They are strikingly similar.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:51 PM

^i wasn't comparing to the computer image. I was looking at this one: http://www.vancitybu...orum-abduction/

But just look at the teeth. They are strikingly similar.

How can you even compare the teeth when Dunahees lower teeth are all his baby teeth comparing baby teeth to adult teeth is not what I would call a reliable comparison and secondly you cant even see teh lower teth of the big guy. Dunahees top two middle teeth are adult teeth but are so new they havent been pushed together yet.

If you are trying to to compare computer generated teeth on the composite drawing that is even more funny I assume you said that tounge in cheek

#17 gumgum

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:15 PM

^You should read it again.

#18 Holden West

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:49 PM

Probably a false lead but boy, the family resemblance is right in the strike zone.




source:http://www.vancitybu...orum-abduction/ http://lightingtheir...-march-24-1991/
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Posted 11 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

^To follow up on that post, the results were negative; he's not Michael.
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