Left: Kevin circa 1982
Right: Age Progressed to age 36
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: September 30, 1982
Missing From: Sugarbush Township, Beltrami County, Minnesota
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: May 12, 1979
Age: 3 years old
Weight: 50 pounds
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Kevin is developmentally disabled and has a hearing impairment and as a result he had limited speech skills at the time, Kevin has a scar on the left side of his chin, he also has a cleft chin
NCMEC Number: 600172
Details of Disappearance
Kevin Ayotte was last seen as he played in his family’s summer home on September 30th 1982. He was last known to be upstairs at approximately 4:45 pm. His mother went outside briefly and when she returned, Kevin and his 6-month old Springer Spaniel puppy named Flash were gone. His older brother was still in the home.
Extensive searches took place immediately preceding the boys disappearance. He had wandered away from home before but always returned within a short period of time. Kevin was known to take off his shoes and diaper but those were not found in the search for him.
On October 5th, Flash reappeared and authorities hoped to gain some clues from him. His coat was combed and his stomach was pumped. The only thing he had eaten for days was swamp grass. Authorities put a tracker on the dog and let it out again, hoping that he would lead them to Kevin. It did not and would always return home.
Due to the woodsy and boggy environment that surrounds Kevin’s home, some people have theorized that Kevin may have become lost and subsequently died of exposure.
Others have suggested that Kevin might have been abducted by a non family member while his mother was outside of the house but no evidence has been found to point towards this theory. Kevin’s case remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Beltrami County Sheriffs Office