The sketch shows an estimation of what Dunahee may look like today, at 34.

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Police have released an age-enhanced sketch of Michael Dunahee, who disappeared from a Victoria playground 30 years ago when he was four years old.

The sketch, released Thursday, on the 30th anniversary of Dunahee’s disappearance, shows an estimation of what Dunahee may look like today, at 34.

“It’s a drastic age difference from four to 34,” said Cpl. Virginia Bernier, a B.C. RCMP forensic sketch artist, in a video statement released by Victoria Police.

“My hope is by creating this image of Michael, this age progression rendering, that people will be able to view him as what he would look today, since it’s been 30 years since his disappearance.”

Mom Crystal Dunahee said the sketch encompasses her and husband Bruce and their daughter’s likenesses, and was more realistic than previous computer-generated sketches.

Victoria Police also launched a new online tip portal at vicpd.ca/michaeldunaheetips.

Bruce and Crystal Dunahee have turned their tragedy into a grassroots effort to protect other families.
Bruce and Crystal Dunahee have turned their tragedy into a grassroots effort to protect other families. Photo by Victoria police

“We have gone 30 years without knowing where Michael is, so if someone recognizes the new sketch of Michael, or knows anything, any little piece of information, that could help us find closure, bring Michael back to us — that’s all we are asking,” said Crystal in the video.

On March 24, 1991, Dunahee disappeared from Blanshard Elementary School playground, triggering one of the biggest missing-person investigations in Canadian history.

The case remains unsolved.

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