SF Cops Name Suspect in 1984 Abduction Case

Search resumes for body of Kevin Collins

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2013 11:52 AM CST

(Newser) – San Francisco police have reopened a 29-year-old abduction case, renewing the search for the body of Kevin Collins, who disappeared in 1984 when he was 10 years old, and publicly naming a suspect for the first time. That suspect, who was last known as Dan Leonard Therrien but has gone by at least four names, died in 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Therrien had a history of pedophilia, and matched the description of a 6-foot-tall man seen with Kevin shortly before his disappearance.

Investigators searched Therrien's home back in 1984 and found nothing. But in recent days, police used cadaver dogs and jackhammers to search his property, Reuters reports. They quickly found bones buried in the garage, but initial testing seems to indicate that they're from an animal. Kevin was one of the first missing children ever put on a milk carton. "This is a case that haunts the San Francisco Police Department," the police chief said. "We carry it with us every day."

This driver's license photo shows Dan Leonard Therrien, a person of interest in Kevin Collins' disappearance.
This driver's license photo shows Dan Leonard Therrien, a "person of interest" in Kevin Collins' disappearance.   (AP Photo/SFPD)
In this March 2, 1984 file photo, Ann and David Collins, parents of missing 10-year-old Kevin Collins, hold one of their posters during a news conference in San Francisco.
In this March 2, 1984 file photo, Ann and David Collins, parents of missing 10-year-old Kevin Collins, hold one of their posters during a news conference in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
This undated family photo shows Kevin Collins, a 10-year-old San Francisco boy who disappeared in 1984.
This undated family photo shows Kevin Collins, a 10-year-old San Francisco boy who disappeared in 1984.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via San Francisco Chronicle)
This 1982 booking photo shows of Dan Leonard Therrien, who has been described as a person of interest in the case of Kevin Collins.
This 1982 booking photo shows of Dan Leonard Therrien, who has been described as a "person of interest" in the case of Kevin Collins.   (AP Photo/San Francisco Police Department)
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