Police Say Person of Interest in Kevin Collins Disappearance Had Previous History of Sex Crimes Against Kids

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:00:42 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- San Francisco police want to talk with anyone who knew, saw, or talked with a person of interest in the 1984 disappearance of ten-year old Kevin Collins in the Haight-Ashbury District.

The request comes just more than a week after police served a search warrant on a house on Masonic Street where Wayne Jackson lived at the time Collins went missing.

Investigators say Jackson went by at least five different identities including Raymond William Stewart, Kelly Lee Dawson, Jackson, Kelly Sean Stewart, and Dan Leonard Therrien.

Authorities say at the time of Kevin's disappearance, the suspect had been in charged in connection with at least two different sex crimes involving children.  Records show he was arrested in 1973 in Canada and charged in the kidnapping sexual assault on two 13-year old boys.  He allegedly fled the country and was never arrested for those crimes in the United States.

Just two years before Kevin's disappearance, authorities say Jackson served six-months in jail for the 1981 kidnapping and sexual assault of a seven-year old boy in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf district.  He was on probation when Collins went missing.

Police Chief Greg Suhr says he remembers following up on leads at the time of the crime when he was an officer at Central Station.

"There isn't a San Francisco Police Officer who doesn't have a visceral reaction to this case," Suhr says.

Authorities say they consider Jackson a person of interest in the case because of his proximity to the bus stop Kevin was last seen at near St. Agnes School, his prior criminal history involving sex crimes with children, his appearance, and his ownership of a large black dog that witnesses reported seeing near Kevin at the time of his disappearance.  

Detectives say they questioned Jackson and searched his home at the time of the crime.  They showed his picture to witnesses who could not identify him.

The results of the search warrant served last month so far include only animal remains.  More tests must still be done on the materials recovered from the house on Masonic.

Police say they don't know if Jackson is the only person involved in the crime.  Jackson, then living using his Therrien identity, died in the Sunset District in 2008.

Detectives say their goal remains to solve the case.  Chief Suhr says he's been in contact with Kevin's mother and other family members as the investigation developed over the last few days and weeks.

If you remember Jackson or any of his other identities or can add details to the story, San Francisco police want to hear from you.  They say there hasn't been a tip in the last 29 years that they haven't acted upon.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the Kevin Collins case.

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