Bruce and Crystal Dunahee, parents of Michael Dunahee, attend a press conference in Victoria on March 23, 2011. It was 25 years ago that four-year-old Michael Dunahee disappeared from a Victoria playground just steps away from his parents, sparking a massive search that has never ended. (Photo: Deddeda Stemler/Canadian Press)In 2013, a Metro Vancouver man bearing a striking resemblance to an age-enhanced picture of Michael willingly offered a DNA sample for testing, but Victoria Police eventually concluded it didn't match that of the missing boy. "We're finding it really hard to believe it's been 25 years and we still don't have answers," said Dunahee. Still, the investigation remains open into how the blond-haired, blue-eyed youngster vanished without a trace. "In a lot of cases ... that police deal with, it's usually that one piece of information that we're missing, and we're just hopeful that we receive that one tip that we need to bring closure to the family," said Const. Matthew Rutherford of the Victoria Police Department.
"Every file's an open file until there's adequate conclusion," he added. "It's still an active investigation." The Dunahee family continues to believe, despite the pain that persists. "It's like picking a scab off: you're going to open it up again, and you relive it over and over again," Dunahee said. "(But) the hope remains." — Follow @gwomand on Twitter
"We're just hopeful that we receive that one tip that we need to bring closure to the family."
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