Victoria police are collecting a DNA sample from a man a tipster believes bears a striking resemblance to Michael Dunahee, the Victoria schoolboy who went missing in March 1991.
Constable Mike Russell of the Victoria Police Department told The Huffington Post B.C. that officers were acting based on a tip, but that the DNA testing was the last part of a thorough investigation and was expected to rule the person in question out.
News of the investigation came to light Wednesday when a 26-year-old Canucks forum user calling himself "Canuckels" posted online that he had been contacted by police.
The man posted a picture of himself and talked at some length about his background, according to Vancity Buzz, who quoted the original posts.
"I don’t know what to think, part of me thinks it could be but others don’t," Canuckels wrote. "I just want them to take my DNA and figure this out, think about this for a second, you second guess everything in a short period of time this is really tough…"
The thread has since been taken down by forum moderators concerned for the man's privacy.
Police could not give any indication how long the DNA testing would take, saying only that it would be done on a priority basis.
Dunahee went missing from the school playground at Blanshard Elementary School in Victoria, B.C., sparking one of the biggest investigations in Canadian history.
Media widely reported his disappearance in Canada and the United States, resulting in at least 11,000 tips.
Over the years, police have released a number of composite sketches to show what the blond-haired, blue-eyed boy might look like as a teen and young adult.