Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Kevin, circa 1984;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 39 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 10, 1984 from San Francisco, California
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: January 24, 1974
  • Age: 10 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'6, 72 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, gray/green eyes. Kevin has freckles on his face and a small horizontal scar on his tongue. He had a stocky build in 1984.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A San Francisco Giants jacket and his school uniform, which consisted of a white short-sleeved dress shirt, a dark green sweater, brown corduroy pants and beige Nike sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Kevin has dyslexia, a learning disability which makes it difficult for him to read.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kevin was last seen at approximately 6:40 p.m. on February 10, 1984 in his hometown of San Francisco, California. He was last seen sitting on a bench at a bus stop on the corner of Oak Street and Masonic Avenue, waiting for a bus to take him home from basketball practice. He was witnessed talking at the bus stop to a blond man about six feet tall, in his twenties or thirties. The man was accompanied by a large black dog, possibly a Great Dane. He has never been heard from again.

    It is possible that Kevin was abducted by two Caucasian men driving a four-door royal blue 1967 Ford Galaxy, but that report has never been confirmed. The northern California child killer Jon Dunkle is possible suspect in his case. His three known victims physically resembled Kevin and were in roughly the same age group. Dunkel has never been charged in connection with Kevin's case, however.

    Dan Leonard Therrien was questioned as a possible suspect in Kevin's disappearance in 1984, and police searched his apartment, with his permission. He used several alias dates of birth and alias names, including Raymond William Stewart, Kelly Lee Dawson, and Kelly Sean Stewart, and the San Francisco police knew him as Wayne D. Jackson. He lived across the street from Kevin's school, had a history of sex crimes against children, he resembled the man with the dog that was seen talking to Kevin before his disappearance, and he owned a large black Doberman dog. Photographs of Therrien are posted below this case summary. Two witnesses at the time failed to pick him out of a lineup, the search of his home yielded nothing, and he was released.

    Unbeknownst to the San Francisco police, at the time they questioned him he was wanted for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two thirteen-year-old boys. He had been arrested for the crime, but skipped bail and fled the country before the case was resolved. Therrien was still in San Francisco and was living under an alias name when he died of natural causes in 2008. In early 2013, authorities renewed the investigation and searched his former residence again. They found some bones under the apartment building's garage, but believe they are animal bones.

    Kevin was in the fourth grade at St. Agnes School when he disappeared. He the sixth of ten children in an Irish Catholic family, and resided in the 2500 block of Sutter Street in San Francisco. His siblings ranged in age from 7 to 19 years old in 1984. One cousin and one foster child were also living in the Collins residence. Authorities do not believe Kevin ran away from home, as he got along well with his family and was not having any problems except for being bullied at school. His parents divorced amicably five after his disappearance. In 1994, they held a memorial service for him. His father founded a missing children's organization, the Kevin Collins Foundation, but it closed in 1996 due to financial constraints. Kevin's case remains unsolved. His mother still lives in the area, but his father has since moved out of the United States. His case remains unsolved.

    Therrien 1982 Therrien 1981 Therrien 2008
    Left and Center: Dan Therrien in the early 1980s;
    Right: Therrien, circa 2008

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Francisco Police Department
    415-558-5500

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    202-324-3000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Operation Lookout
    California Attorney General's Office
    KTVU
    The Doe Network
    MisterSF.com the Heart of the City
    The San Francisco Chronicle
    Unsolved in the News
    The Hutchinson News
    Child Quest International Inc.
    CBS San Francisco
    KGO-TV
    The Huffington Post

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    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 5, 2013; age-progression updated.

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