Person of interest named in Kevin Collins abduction 29 years after

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Authorities announced Wednesday that they have a “person of interest” in the 1984 disappearance of 10-year-old Kevin Collins in San Francisco, California and have asked the public’s help for any information about the case.

In a news conference, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said Dan Therrien, who lived near Masonic Avenue and Page Street in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood where Kevin was last seen, is now a person of interest.

Suhr added that Therrien’s description and an unknown history of arrest in Canada in 1973 for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting two 13-year-old boys made him a possible suspect. In 1981, Therrien also served six months in jail for a felony charge of a lewd act on a seven-year-old.

Therrien, who died in 2008, was questioned by police after the boy went missing.

Reports stated Therrien used at least five aliases and police revealed he was known as Wayne Jackson during Kevin’s disappearance.

Kevin was last seen was on his way home from a basketball practice at St. Agnes School talking to a man with blond hair and a large black dog.

Last month, police searched the home where Therrien resided in 1984 and recovered several bones in the garage, but the bones were reportedly from a small animal.

Suhr also asked for the public’s help for any information about the case.

It was reported that investigators visited the home of Kevin’s mother and showed photos of Therrien to see if they would recognize him.

Kevin, who was one of the first missing children with a picture on a milk carton, would have been 39 years old on January 24.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the SFPD Major Crimes Unit at (415) 553-1145.

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