SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco investigators held a press conference on Wednesday to reveal new information in the case of Kevin Collins, a 10-year-old boy whose 1984 disappearance launched a national campaign against child abduction and introduced the famous milk carton search.
Police Chief Greg Suhr and Lt. Tim Plyer said investigators had gathered significant new information on Dan Leonard Therrien, a person of interest in the case. Therrien died in 2008, but investigators revealed critical new details, including a list of aliases and a felony past.
Therrien lived at a home on Masonic Avenue close to where Collins was last seen waiting for a bus and speaking to a man who met Therrien’s description. On Jan. 29, the SFPD, FBI and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office excavated the home and found bones that were believed to be animal remains. Suhr said the bones were being tested and investigators would not have the results for several weeks.