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San Francisco police seek public's help in boy's 1984 disappearance

  • FILE - In this March 2, 1984 file photo, Ann and David Collins hold up a copy of a poster for their missing child Kevin Collins, during a news conference in San Francisco. Kevin Collins disappeared on Feb. 10, 1984 while returning home from basketball practice. On Weds., Feb. 6, 2013, San Francisco police plan to provide an update on the investigation into the high-profile disappearance of 10-year-old Kevin Collins in 1984. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police are renewing an investigation into a man briefly detained decades ago in connection with the high-profile disappearance of a 10-year-old boy in 1984.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said at a news conference Wednesday that a man known as Wayne Jackson was questioned and his home searched in the days after Kevin Collins disappeared on his way home from school because he fit the description of a tall, blonde man with a large black dog who was seen talking to the boy shortly before he vanished.

Suhr said that police knew at that time that Jackson had earlier served six months in jail after pleading guilty in 1982 to committing a lewd act on a 7-year-old boy in the city's Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood.

Still, Suhr said Jackson was released after two witnesses failed to pick him out of a photo lineup and the search of his house yielded no incriminating evidence.

But Suhr said that police did not know at the time that Jackson was wanted in Canada on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two 13-year-old boys. Suhr said that investigators only recently learned of the 1973 charges because Jackson used at least five aliases and was charged in Canada using another name.


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