San Francisco home searched in 1984 disappearance of Kevin Collins

  • San Francisco Police park a mobile command vehicle in front of a home on the 1100 block of Masonic Avenue Tuesday Jan. 29, 2013 in San Francisco, reportedly looking for evidence in the disappearance of 10-year-old Kevin Collins 29 years ago. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that investigators were digging in the backyard and the basement of the home near the city's Haight-Ashbury district Tuesday. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Karl Mondon) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; NO INTERNET USE

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been nearly 30 years since 10-year-old Kevin Collins disappeared while waiting for a bus after basketball practice. His mother, now 72, said she felt numb as she watched police search a San Francisco home in connection to the decades-old cold case.

"To see them digging in a building so close to where he disappeared was shocking," Ann Collins said.

The search Tuesday of a backyard and garage of a home near the city's Haight-Ashbury district has renewed interest in the high-profile disappearance in 1984. Photographs of the freckled-face boy, plastered on milk cartons and posters throughout San Francisco, turned it into one of the first child disappearances to garner national attention.

The home search was a "follow up to the cold case investigation," police said in a statement.

A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the search warrant was sealed, said a "person of interest" in the disappearance lived in the house at the time. That person has since died, and police said the current residents were not suspects.

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