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02-11-2004, 05:50 AM
Twenty years ago, a freckle-faced, wide-eyed 10-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from a San Francisco street corner and gave birth to what has become the missing children's movement in America.

02-11-2004, 01:18 PM
Twenty years ago, a freckle-faced, wide-eyed 10-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from a San Francisco street corner and gave birth to what has become the missing children's movement in America.

Doyle Twenty years ago yesterday. And Kevin would now be 30 years old now. It blew me away since I live here in the Bay area and still rememeber the day it happened. And because of this his parents could not take the strain and are now divorced. And he had 7 siblings . It is still a heart wrenching story.

02-11-2004, 08:32 PM
More information, links and flyers for Kevin Andrew Collins

DOB January 24, 1974
Date missing February 10, 1984





with age progression, to 28 years

story about a lady who performs concerts for the missing, inspired by Kevin

"The Eyes That See The World"
A poem by Laura Collins about her brother
If anyone can find the poem, please post it here, and thanks.

Kevin Collins Foundation
Toll Free, 800-272-0012

03-11-2004, 04:35 AM
For Kevin and all who miss him, Lanie
Help For The Missing

03-29-2006, 11:56 PM
I Too, grew up in the Bay Area and vividly remember the day it happened as well. So real and so scary! I pray that his family is getting some peace in their lives. :(

04-27-2006, 07:02 PM
Yes, all of us here in this area remember that day. We will always remember Kevin.

05-05-2006, 10:50 AM
I can not imagine what families like Kevin's have to go through... The years and years of not knowing is so unfair...

05-05-2006, 11:46 AM
Cases like these are so sad. :( I can't even begin to imagine what these parents must go through, wondering and imagining. I pray for all of these families and these children.

08-18-2010, 07:46 PM

Friday, February 10, 2006

Behzad Mofrad stole the wrong name.

Of all the identities he could have chosen to steal, he chose that of Kevin Andrew Collins, a child abducted from a San Francisco street corner 22 years ago Friday.

The name meant nothing to Mofrad, who had no idea Collins' abduction drew national attention and the boy was among the first whose picture would appear on milk cartons across the country.

"He really made a serious error in choosing this name," said Thomas Depenbrock, regional special agent in charge of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service, which investigates passport fraud. "I don't think he knew what he had gotten into, that this name was well known."

Mofrad, a 40-year-old man with addresses in Pinole and San Ramon, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty in November to a passport fraud scheme.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/02/10/COLLINS.TMP#ixzz0x0Kd0uYa

07-10-2011, 05:06 PM
I remember when this happened and it seemed like the case went cold fairly quickly. My brother had told me about someone contacting a Priest in San Francisco to drop Kevin off at some point but it never happened.....I am not sure if that was accurate.

I wonder if they had any suspects........suspects who could be tied to other missing kids in the area?

07-10-2011, 10:26 PM
I remember hearing that at the time also. I grew up in the Bay area and was pregnant at the time that Kevin disappeared. I remember thinking how scary it was that you could lose your child so quickly.

There were SO many child kidnappings and disappearances in that area. Just to name a few in addition to Kevin, there was Michaela, Amber, Anna, Polly, Ilene, and that is just barely scratching the surface.

Scary stuff, especially with so many cases as yet unsolved.

07-11-2011, 11:33 PM
I remember hearing that at the time also. I grew up in the Bay area and was pregnant at the time that Kevin disappeared. I remember thinking how scary it was that you could lose your child so quickly.

There were SO many child kidnappings and disappearances in that area. Just to name a few in addition to Kevin, there was Michaela, Amber, Anna, Polly, Ilene, and that is just barely scratching the surface.

Scary stuff, especially with so many cases as yet unsolved.

I agree! You would think that they would have been solved by now.

BUT it seems there are alot of missing kids in California....and Adults!
I was just cruising through the missing person posters and noticed that there were alot of MALE adults missing in San Fran, Oakland and a few other city's in the bay area, during the late 70's and early 80's, and they all seemed to happen in certain months, and the men just dissapeared without a trace.

Very strange!

10-26-2012, 07:59 AM

Friday, October 26, 2012
Dan Noyes , Chief Investigative Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Kevin Collins was one of the first missing children whose case got national attention. Thousands of tips came in over the years, but they all lead nowhere. But now the I-Team has uncovered the one serious lead San Francisco police either missed or chose to ignore.

10-26-2012, 08:34 AM
Kevin's Charley Project page:


10-27-2012, 08:12 PM
He might have thrown him off the Golden State bridge? How awful!

That would explain why he was never found. the currents around the bridge are wicked!

11-24-2012, 01:21 AM
I know John Dunkle is a possible suspect, as stated in Charley Project, but after reading he was last seen talking to a tall blond haired man, and was seen in a car with two white males, I can't help but wondering if the SFK are responsible. I know a little boy isnt there "usual" victim, but we must remember these guys were on stuff when they did a lot of this-ANYTHING is possible with them and ANYONE around this time period, and who is in CA (southern), could have been a victim. Just a theory,

12-07-2012, 10:58 PM

Henry K. Lee
Published 6:48 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2012

(12-07) 18:46 PST OAKLAND -- A man convicted of fraud for stealing the identity of missing San Francisco child Kevin Collins has been charged in federal court with using another missing child's name fraudulently, court records show.

01-29-2013, 09:12 PM
"Bones have been unearthed at a home at Masonic Avenue and Page Street during what could be a search for 10-year-old Kevin Collins, who disappeared nearly 30 years ago, according to ABC 7-TV."

01-29-2013, 10:01 PM
Bones discovered in home may be missing Bay Area boy Kevin Collins


01-29-2013, 10:03 PM

There is a news video at this location with a written story. There will be newer news after 6 pm pet

01-30-2013, 03:23 AM
Reporting they are most likely animal bones and being sent for testing.


"Police said preliminary assessment of the bones indicated that they are from an animal and not human in origin, but that further analysis of the bones was necessary."

01-30-2013, 08:32 AM
Break in 1984 case?

01-30-2013, 01:55 PM
Break in 1984 case?

The SFPD now says they're checking out a report that Dunkle was in jail the night Kevin disappeared. They talked to Dunkle in San Quentin last week. He denied killing Kevin but couldn't tell them if he was in jail or not that night.

How frustratingly inept that they to this day still do not even know if he was in jail the day that Kevin disappeared?? I feel like LE did fail Kevin to some extent for not listening or following up much sooner on this tip. Waiting to see where this investigation goes...

01-30-2013, 09:18 PM
In this CBS article:

Kevin Collins Missing: San Francisco home searched in case of 10-year-old's 1984 disappearance (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57566642-504083/kevin-collins-missing-san-francisco-home-searched-in-case-of-10-year-olds-1984-disappearance/)
January 30, 2013 11:07 AM

"A law enforcement official said a "person of interest" in Kevin's disappearance lived in the house at the time. That person has since died.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the search warrant used to inspect the property was sealed.

During the search, cadaver dogs indicated the presence of remains under the concrete in the garage. Police said a preliminary review of the remains showed them to be animal bones, but the San Francisco medical examiner's office was conducting further tests.

Police didn't disclose what prompted investigators to seek a search warrant and renew the probe into the case. The FBI and the Alameda County sheriff's department contributed to the search Tuesday."


I really want to know who it was that lived there in 1984 and has since died. Why won't they release the name?

A neighbor who lives in the building next door and has since before Kevin disappeared, was interviewed on tv news last night and said he knew the person and he couldn't imagine him being involved. But, of course we have heard that before.

But, another thing I am very curious about is that the Alameda County Sheriff's Department is somehow involved in this case. Alameda County is across the Bay, across the bridge, it comprises Oakland, Berkeley, etc. It doesn't make sense to me that they would be involved in what appears to be a strictly San Francisco City and County case. Maybe a suspect lives or lived in Alameda County?

And, I agree, not knowing where Dunkle was at the time, after all this time, is mindboggling.

With that said, it would be fantastic if this current attempt to solve it succeeds.

01-30-2013, 09:26 PM
Kevin's sisters:

Sisters hope break brings closure in Kevin Collins case (http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law/collins-sisters/nT9qg/)
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

"HAYWARD, Calif. The search of a San Francisco home for the remains of long-missing ten-year-old Kevin Collins brought up a wave of emotions Tuesday night for his sisters, Michelle and Laura Collins.

During an interview with KTVU, the two women said they let their brother go years ago assuming he'd been murdered.

But they admitted they have always struggled with the question of what happened. And now, after nearly 29 years, they wonder could this finally be the break they've been waiting for."


02-01-2013, 03:04 PM
I won't get my hopes up, but I do hope they find him in their latest search!

02-01-2013, 11:30 PM
KRON4 has been doing some 'digging' and has come up with some info on who the SF Police cold case squad is focusing on. I have seen his name spelled Therrien with an 'e', which I think is the correct spelling. The house is the second from the corner on Masonic. I think St Agnes is in the next block to the north and on the other side of Masonic.

Deceased Neighbor Listed as Primary Suspect in Kevin Collins Disappearance
[I]By: Brian Shields - Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:59:35 -0800

"SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- A now deceased former Haight-Ashbury resident who lived across the street from where 10-year old Kevin Collins went missing in 1984 is now the primary focus of the San Francisco Police cold case squad investigating the case, KRON 4 News has learned.

Dan Therrion(sic), pictured from a drivers license photo taken in March of 2003, lived adjacent to Saint Agnes where Collins attended basketball practice just before his disappearance. A former landlord tells KRON 4 Therrion, who went by the name "Kelly", sported blond shoulder-length hair in the mid-80's. That's similar to the description of the last person seen talking with Kevin."


"... home Therrion used to share with his former partner Jack Chow. Authorities say Chow and the people now living in the home on Masonic are not suspects in Kevin's disappearance."


"Kevin's mother, Ann Collins, tells KRON 4 news, one of the clues that sticks in her memory is of a witness who said he saw the boy talking with a man with a black dog. Therrion had such a dog at the time, police say. The victim's mother says police have told her why they're focused on Therrion's former home but she is not at liberty to say."

More including picture and video which won't play on iPad without Flash...


02-02-2013, 08:32 PM
Ann Collins seems like such a nice lady, I sure hope she gets some answers soon. Another bay area kidnapping that has gone on for too long!

02-03-2013, 12:11 AM
I so remember this case. I always thought Kevin was a victim of Charles Lake and Ng.

Oh my, to see them searching is a blast from the past and a good thing!


02-03-2013, 01:42 AM
As sad as it may be, I sincerely hope that they find Kevin - an answer to a cold child kidnapping case would be refreshing. It would restore my hope I think.

02-03-2013, 09:37 AM
Can I just say creepy looking? Some of these kidnappers look just like the guy next door, but he sets off my gross meter.

02-06-2013, 02:35 PM

By Jean Elle and Lori Preuitt |
Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 |
Updated 9:44 AM PST


San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr has announced he will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to provide "an update on the cold case investigation of the disappearance of 10-year-old Kevin Collins."

02-06-2013, 05:42 PM
"San Francisco police probing the 1984 disappearance of a 10-year-old boy are asking for the public's help in providing information about a man with a criminal past who died five years ago."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SFPD-looking-at-man-in-Kevin-Collins-case-4256610.php#ixzz2K9pxs2Rf

02-07-2013, 03:47 AM

San Francisco News
Police release new details in Kevin Collins case
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco police are hoping someone will come forward with information on a man who may have been the last person to see 10-year-old Kevin Collins before he disappeared nearly 30 years ago. Police say this person of interest in the case had several aliases and an extensive criminal record. ABC7 News reporter Vic Lee was the first at the search scene last week and has been leading coverage of this story.


"He was a man of many names and police say that's why they had such a tough time investigating him. He had at least five different aliases. "On April 16, 1981, Jackson was arrested under the name Wayne Jackson, in the Fisherman's Wharf area in San Francisco, for kidnapping and lewd acts on a child," said Lt. Tim Plyer said."


"Jackson bailed out and never showed up for his court appearance. He was arrested six months later and spent six months in jail for that offense. Police say he used another one of his aliases when he was arrested in Canada nine years earlier. "Jackson was wanted in Canada under the name Raymond Williams Stewart for a 1973 incident where he allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted two juveniles," Plyer said."

"He was released. Then, he fled the country. He successfully eluded arrest because he had changed his alias again once he returned to the Bay Area. He lived in the area mostly under the name Dan Therrien, the name he had when he died of natural causes in 2008."


This makes me very curious about the person who lives at the house now. I believe he was also living there for some time with Therrien. And, a guy who lived next door when Kevin disappeared and still does, who was recently on TV who said he knew Therrien. I am NOT thinking that either one had anything to do with Kevin's disappearance but if Therrien did, did these guys suspect anything? How much did his roommate know about his past history? Thirty years! Man! I hope they will solve it definitively.

02-07-2013, 09:28 AM
Listed on Doe Network as well

02-07-2013, 11:34 AM
Police name suspect in 30-year cold case of 'milk carton' boy who went missing on way home from school

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2275003/Police-suspect-30-year-cold-case-boy-went-missing-way-home-school-ask-publics-help-investigation.html#ixzz2KEC5Vuxn
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02-07-2013, 11:43 AM

Kevin Collins disappearance: Police name person of interest

By Joshua Melvin
Posted: 02/06/2013 05:35:34 PM PST
Updated: 02/06/2013 08:46:18 PM PST

"One of the pieces of evidence pushing the renewed effort is Therrien's 1973 arrest in Canada for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting two 13-year-old boys. Because of Therrien's litany of monikers -- he also went by Raymond William Stewart, Kelly Lee Dawson, Kelly Sean Stewart -- police didn't learn about the charges until recently.

In the Canadian case, Therrien -- who police also identified Wednesday as Wayne Jackson -- went on the lam and was never arrested. Police didn't say where it happened in Canada or reveal any other details.

Investigators also say Therrien matches the description of the person last seen talking to Kevin as the fourth-grader at St. Agnes School was going
home from basketball practice in the Haight-Ashbury District.

Two independent witnesses told police they saw the boy with a tall blond man with a large black dog sitting on the stoop of a Masonic Avenue home, San Francisco police Lt. Tim Plyer said. Police later detained Therrien and questioned him about the disappearance. He also, at the time, gave police permission to search the home, the same one targeted during the Jan. 29 search. But police found nothing, and the witnesses couldn't be sure Therrien was the man they had seen talking to the boy."


02-07-2013, 03:19 PM

"Meanwhile, investigators recently learned that Jackson had been arrested in 1973 in Canada on charges he kidnapped two 13 year olds but fled Canada before that case could be resolved, police said"

02-07-2013, 04:43 PM
So he takes a kid and rapes him, gets arrested........then bails out and goes on the run.....is arrested again and ONLY GETS 6 Months????

No one see's a red flag when a grown man rapes a child and then runs?

It appears the only thing this guy learned was to not leave a witness. If they had given him 60 years instead of 6 months, Kevin Collins would still be alive!

02-07-2013, 11:40 PM
Does anyone know what kind of dog it was that the man had?

02-07-2013, 11:49 PM
"Therrien also matched the description of the man with a black dog who was seen chatting with Collins at the bus stop at Masonic Avenue and Oak Street. While Therrien also had a black dog, two witnesses could not positively identify him, Police Chief Greg Suhr said"

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2013/02/person-interest-dan-leonard-therrien-kevin-collins-case-has-checkered-past#ixzz2KHAld0Nq

02-13-2013, 01:15 AM
He might have thrown him off the Golden State bridge? How awful!

That would explain why he was never found. the currents around the bridge are wicked!

OMG! That is horrifying! Where did it say this? I read the Charlie Project Report and did not find that information.


02-15-2013, 12:02 AM
it was a story on serial killer Jon Dunkle and how he had stated he had thrown a kid off the Golden gate Bridge.

02-27-2014, 12:06 AM
Peter Chernoff "Eyewitness to "Satanic" Sacrifice at Bohemian Grove admits that he was an unwilling accomplice to the murder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW7mMou0Psk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?

The only place I see any mention of this guy relating to this case, and he has admitting to kidnapping Peter Collins??

02-25-2015, 02:10 PM
How sad. His case jumped out at me like many others I've come across. And weird how the last couple of times he's been mentioned is February and now when I'm also commenting.

I will never understand how the justice system works. If you are have found to rape or murder someone, you should be sentenced to life. I don't care if there's overcrowding. Get rid of the petty thieves or druggies. Lock away the sick people who harm others. Period. Makes me sick. My uncle had a bad time in his life (very unlike him) where he hurt his back, got stuck on pain meds and then went to heroin. He robbed a couple of stores for money for his addiction. He got 10 years and was not released till full sentence was served. Yet, sickos get released after six months, 3 years etc. Why??? They shouldn't ever be released. I wonder how many people would still be alive today if these people were sentenced to life in prison or LE worked tirelessly on missing cases? Quit worrying about the petty people and arrest the serious criminals.

Anyway, I truly hope what happened to him is discovered. I always hope they'll find more Jaycee Dugard's out there.

03-09-2015, 09:09 PM
Just heard of Kevin Collins, I live in Australia so I always am coming across crimes that were big in the US I wasnt aware of and am interested in reading them. I hope this new lead brings his family the closure that has been so long coming.

12-18-2015, 09:01 PM
Wondering if the bones found in SF in that apartment building have any connection to Kevin?

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12-18-2015, 09:41 PM

More details are emerging about the bones of a child found in planter boxes in San Francisco's Alamo Square neighborhood. Some are wondering if those remains could help solve a cold case that has haunted police for decades.

A retired San Francisco homicide inspector said he hopes the discovery will help solve a long-running murder mystery.

Police are waiting for lab results, but the burning question is the identity of the child, whose bones were found in planter boxes outside two adjacent apartment buildings, and how old the bones are.

"The only case that I know of, of a child that is unsolved and the child's body has not been found is Kevin Collins in San Francisco. So when something like this happens... I mean, you have to think that way," he said.

12-18-2015, 11:14 PM

Here is a link to the thread about the SF child bones found in the planter Dec/2015. LE is considering the bones *might* be connected to Kevin's case. They are testing Kevin's DNA against the bones. No results yet.


12-22-2015, 07:20 PM
I hope Kevin will be home soon!

12-25-2015, 05:17 PM
The comment about the only child that he knows that hsdnt been found is Kevins i find weird. Michaela Garrett, Amber Garcia, Illene Mischelof, and a bunch of others have not been found yet and they are all from the bay area. It could be a child missing from somewhere else too, Garrido proved that predators have no problem driving hundreds of miles after an abduction. So until it is proven its Kevin, it could be anyone.

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01-16-2016, 10:32 PM
Here is a link to the thread about the SF child bones found in the planter Dec/2015. LE is considering the bones *might* be connected to Kevin's case. They are testing Kevin's DNA against the bones. No results yet.


Replying to my own post to follow up with an update on the bones found in the planter. There are 2 new articles. Neither has ruled out Kevin Collins.

"Police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan says an investigation revealed one of the sets of bones belonged to child between the age of 8 and 14. There is no information on the other set of remains." Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/san-francisco/ci_29384580/police-bones-san-francisco-planter-box-belonged-child

"The city's Medical Examiner is currently testing the remains to determine key facts like race, gender, and how long they were buried in somebody's garden, but in the meantime, the SFPD's Homicide Unit is investigating." Source: http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2016/01/14/bones-from-two-people-not-one-found-in-planter-box

01-17-2016, 10:24 PM
This is great news-hopefully, it's him.