Left and Center: Kevin circa 1984
Right: Age Progressed to age 39
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: February 10, 1984
Missing From: San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: January 24, 1974
Age: 10 years old
Weight: 72 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Gray/Green
Distinguishing Characteristics: Kevin has freckles on his face, a small horizontal scar on his tongue, Kevin also has dyslexia, a learning disability that made it difficult for him to read
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A school uniform which consisted of a white short sleeved dress shirt, a dark green sweater, brown corduroy pants, beige Nike sneakers, Kevin was also wearing a San Francisco Giants Jacket
NCMEC Number: 600782
Details of Disappearance
Kevin Collins was last seen in San Francisco, California on February 10th 1984. He attended basketball practice that day and was last seen sitting at a bus stop bench to go home. The bus stop was located at the corner of Oak Street and Masonic Avenue.
Kevin was seen speaking with a blonde haired man who stood about 6 feet tall and was in his 30s or 20s at the time. The man was accompanied by a large black dog. The dog may have been a Great Dane or a dog of similar traits to that species. Kevin disappeared and was never seen or heard from again.
Authorities believe that Kevin was abducted. He may have been taken by two white males driving in a four door royal blue 1967 Ford Galaxy. This report has never been confirmed nor denied.
Two possible suspects have been named in relation to Kevin’s disappearance. One being the northern Californian child killer, Jon Dunkle. He had three known victims that physically resembled Kevin at the time. They were also the same age as Kevin. Dunkle was never charged in connection to the cases.
A man named Dan Leonard Therrien was questioned as a possible suspect in Kevin’s disappearance in 1984. Authorities also searched his apartment with his permission. Nothing was found at the time. He used several aliases and dates of birth throughout his life. His alias names included, Raymond William Stewart, Kelly Lee Dawson, and Kelly Jean Stewart. The San Francisco Police Department knew him as Wayne D. Jackson.
He resided across the street from Kevin’s school. He also had various sex crimes against children and he matches the description of the man with the black dog seen talking with Kevin on the day of his disappearance. He also owned a large black Doberman dog.
He was later released from questioning after two witnesses were unable to pick him out of the lining.
The San Francisco PD was unaware at the time that Dan was wanted for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two 13 year old boys. He was arrested for the crime but skipped bail and fled the country before the case was brought to a resolution. Therrien lived under an alias in San Francisco before his death in 2008 of natural causes.
In 2013, the investigation into Kevin’s presumed abduction was revived and authorities searched Therrien’s former residence again and this time they found bones underneath the apartment buildings garage. The bones are believed to be animal bones.
Authorities do not believe that Kevin ran away. He had no problems at home and got along well with his family and siblings. He was bullied at school in 1984 but he made no indications of wanting to leave voluntarily. Authorities believe Kevin was abducted by a stranger. His family held a memorial service for him in 1994, 10 years after his disappearance. Kevin was one of the first missing children to appear on the sides of milk cartons in an effort to raise awareness about the problem of missing children.
Kevin was a 4th grade student at St. Agnes School when he disappeared. He was the sixth child in his family with siblings aged from 7 to 19. He also had a cousin and one foster child living in his home at the time. His parents divorced in 1989, 4 years after his disappearance.
Kevin’s father started an organization known as the Kevin Collins Foundation, but it was closed in 1996 after financial issues. His father has since moved out of the United States, his mother still lives in the local area. His case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
San Francisco Police Department 415-558-5500