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Disappearance of Kevin Collins remains a mystery: ID investigates

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Kevin Collins was just 10 years when he vanished without a trace. Pic credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

People Magazine Investigates on ID is looking into the tragic case of Kevin Collins, who vanished without a trace from a San Francisco neighborhood in 1984.

Kevin was just 10 years old when he went missing, and no trace of him has been spotted since. This was considered a landmark case, one that mobilized all of San Francisco and helped to highlight the plight of missing children across the United States. Kevin’s image was one of the first to appear on a milk carton.

On February 10, 1984, Kevin was waiting for the bus after basketball practice when he mysteriously disappeared. He never made it onto the bus, and he never made it home.

Witnesses came forward to say they’d seen a tall, blonde man with a large black dog talking to Kevin shortly before he vanished. The police zeroed in on convicted pedophile Wayne Jackson as he matched the description. He had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a seven-year-old boy just two years previously.

However, witnesses failed to pick Jackson out of a lineup, and a search of his apartment revealed zero incriminating evidence. The cops were forced to let him go.

Jackson then fled to Canada, where he lived under a different name. He passed away in 2008.


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