Ep34 - The Disappearance of Kevin Collins
On the evening of February 10th, 1984, 10-year-old Kevin Collins was on his way home from basketball practice. Witnesses reported seeing him waiting for the bus at around 6:30 pm, talking to a tall man. Kevin never made it home that night and since that night in February, has never been seen again.
The early and mid-80s marked an increase in interest of missing children, particularly children who were victims of stranger abductions. Adam Walsh had been kidnapped a couple of years earlier and a movie about his kidnapping and murder was released shortly before Kevin’s disappearance. Kevin’s picture went nationwide and was circulated on billboards, milk cartons, and magazine covers.
His case was used as an example of how parents could better protect their children from stranger abductions and police used this case to learn how to better address missing children reports to increase their chances of recovery.
Despite the widespread attention, few leads came in regarding Kevin. Months turned to years and eventually his family accepted that he was probably not coming back. So who took Kevin? And what happened to him? This week we are going to discuss Kevin’s disappearance and what has transpired in the three decades since he has been missing.
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