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Vanished: The Michael Dunahee Story Paperback – Dec 3 2012


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hancock House Publishers Ltd ,Canada (Dec 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888397259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888397256
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 9 2013
Local author Valerie Green has written this very important little book for all the right reasons: to draw attention to a worthy cause and keep alive the memory of a precious life lost all these years but, hopefully, returning to his family one day very soon. Green does a very capable job of recapturing that awful moment back in March, 1991, when Crystal and Bruce Dunahee's young son, Michael, was snatched from the playground of a Victoria elementary school. While the details are well known to most of us who have followed the story over the years, the author retells these poignant events from the parents' perspective so well, in fact, that I, as a parent and grandparent also, had no problem appreciating the depth of their loss. As you get into the chapters dealing with the follow-up to the initial tragedy, we are introduced to a remarkable couple who are not only tirelessly committed to finding their son alive but also key players in the Child Find BC movement to protect our children against experiencing Michael's fate. Their secret to surviving this tragedy, the Dunahees will likely tell you, is reaching out for support from the community at large. This book reviews how a lot of that support has personally helped the Dunahee family move forward in their efforts to make sense of this terrible mystery that, to date, has yet to reveal any case-breaking clue. What they have discovered is that their particular tragedy is shared by thousands of other parents the world over who are actively looking for missing children, and that makes their cause a truly heroic one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 13 2012
March 24, 1991 began as an ordinary Sunday in the Dunahee household. Bruce and Crystal packed up their children, baby Caitlin and four-year-old Michael, and drove to an elementary school where Crystal was to play a round of touch football. When they arrived, Michael headed towards the playground and, within the time it took for Bruce to put Caitlin in her stroller, the preschooler had vanished. Twenty-two years later, his disappearance remains a mystery.

Michael’s presumed child-stranger abduction, the first of its kind in Victoria, ignited a media frenzy but "Vanished: The Michael Dunahee Story" is the first authorized book on the subject. In it, journalist Valerie Green draws from interviews with family, friends and the Victoria police to tell of the family’s struggles since Michael went missing, the media challenges and the impact on Caitlin, who grew up in the wake of the abduction. It reads as a harrowing chronicle of an incredible case: no body, no crime scene, no evidence, just a family's unwavering hope that someone out there knows something, that one day they'll receive answers to their endless questions.

Since 1991, child services agencies have become more interconnected and Crystal Dunahee has received the Order of British Columbia for her work as president of Child Find B.C. and Child Find Canada. Half of the proceeds of the book's sales go to Child Find B.C., just one of many reasons to pick up a copy.
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