October 3, 2011
For Immediate Release
'MichaelDunahee.ca' provides access to never-before-seen video, photos and more
Winnipeg, MB: When four-year-old Michael Dunahee went missing over 20 years ago, his family didn't have the Internet and social media available as tools to assist in the search for their son. Today, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection launched MichaelDunahee.ca - a new website the organization hopes can significantly raise awareness of the case and lead to new tips and information coming forward.
"The reality is that there is someone out there who knows something about Michael's disappearance, and we need to use every tool available to us to get them to come forward," said Christy Dzikowicz, Director of MissingKids.ca - the Canadian Centre's national missing children resource centre. "We hope Canadians will explore the site, look at family photos and videos, and importantly - get involved in the search. If anyone has information that could help, they can report a tip to police or at MissingKids.ca, and we're also encouraging them to take advantage of social media tools to help spread word of this new site and Michael's story."
The story of Michael Dunahee's disappearance is that which makes up a parent's worst nightmare. He went missing on Sunday, March 24th, 1991, from a playground at Blanshard Elementary School in Victoria, British Columbia, with his parents only a few feet away. MichaelDunahee.ca provides up-to-date information and news on Michael's case, and features family photos and videos - including never-before-seen footage of mom Crystal's journey and reflections on her son and his disappearance.
"A special occasion comes and goes and you always know that there's one person missing from the table....He's 25 now, so we've missed kindergarten and all the different steps through school ....Is he married? Does he have children? It's the worst nightmare you can possibly imagine, one I wouldn't wish on anybody."
Crystal Dunahee, from the 'In Search of Michael' video. Visit michaeldunahee.ca to watch the entire video.
"The Victoria Police Department is extremely pleased to be able to partner with MissingKids.ca and now with MichaelDunahee.ca, as we want to be able to use any means available to receive information to assist us in bringing Michael home," said D/Sgt Alan Cochrane, with the Historical Case Unit of the Victoria Police Department. "For me personally, being the officer who has led the investigation into Michael's disappearance for the last seven years, access to social media brings new hope that we can quickly spread word of Michael's case and hopefully reach the person or person's out there who know what happened to him. Our main goal has always been to bring Michael home and now there is another way to do that."
"The Internet is a whole new tool that wasn't available when Michael went missing twenty years ago. With the launch of this new website we are showing the world that we are not giving up on Michael, and we will continue to do what we have to do to bring Michael home," said Crystal Dunahee, Michael's mother.
MissingKids.ca is Canada's missing children resource centre. A program of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, MissingKids.ca offers searching families support in finding their missing child and provides educational materials to help prevent children from going missing.
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Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection