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National Organization Appeals to Public for Information About Unsolved Case of Young Missing Charlottetown Man

MissingKids.ca urges the public to come forward with information before the case hits 20-year mark

October 9, 2012
For Immediate Release

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI: Nineteen years is a long time for a family to endure the anguish of not knowing what happened to a loved one. Nineteen years is a long time for parents to be waiting for their beloved son to come home. Yet this is the case for the family of Steven O’Brien, a student who went missing from downtown Charlottetown over nineteen years ago. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s MissingKids.ca program is appealing to members of the public with any information about this case to come forward.

“Let’s not let another day, another month, another year go by for Steven’s family to be waiting for answers,” says Christy Dzikowicz, Director of MissingKids.ca. “We encourage anyone who has any information about this young man’s disappearance to come forward today so that his family can bring him home.”

Two months shy of his nineteenth birthday, Steven was a first-year student at Holland College’s Culinary Institute in Charlottetown when he went missing after a night out with friends. He was last seen leaving a club called Myron’s on March 20, 1993 and it was not typical for him to be out alone. The day of his disappearance, Steven was wearing wire-framed prescription glasses, a burgundy L.L. Bean plaid-lined jacket, blue jeans and hiking boots. Steven’s family believes he may have had his keys on him, however his wallet and other personal effects were left in his apartment.

Despite so many years passing by, Steven’s family has never given up hope that he would one day be found. At the time of his disappearance, Steven was a typical student, living downtown and working at the Institute in his free time. His family describes him as enjoying baking, cooking and listening to alternative rock.

Today, Steven would be 38 years old.

“Someone out there knows something,” says Dzikowicz. “Steven’s family has already waited far too long, if you have any answers, it’s time you come forward.”

“The Charlottetown Police Services has been investigating the disappearance of Steven O’Brien for nineteen years. We will continue to follow up any information regarding his disappearance and whereabouts, in an attempt to find the truth and bring answers for the family,” stated Det/Cst. Randy Currie of Charlottetown Police Services.

Anyone with information regarding Steven O’Brien, or any other missing child is urged to contact their local law enforcement office, or contact MissingKids.ca at 1-800-KID-TIPS (543-8477). Tips can also be submitted online at missingkids.ca. Reporters can remain anonymous.

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Shimmin, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Office: (204) 945-8074 Cell: (204) 801-6838
Email: carolyn@protectchildren.ca

About MissingKids.ca:

MissingKids.ca, Canada’s national missing children resource centre, complements the important work of law enforcement by offering families additional resources to help find their missing children. The service provides a central place for families to register their missing child to request support from a trained caseworker, as well as critical educational information to help prevent children from going missing.

Using new technologies, MissingKids.ca uses innovative online search tools that bring a modern approach to the traditional way of searching for lost or missing children. From the online registration process to the use of social media and wireless technologies, the service helps parents understand and leverage these helpful tools to locate their missing children. The Canadian public can also sign up to receive missing child alerts so individuals may become a part of the search for the nation’s missing children.

Similar to the Canadian Centre’s relationship with the country’s Child Exploitation Units through its Cybertip.ca program, MissingKids.ca also works in partnership with Canada’s law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in the search for missing children. MissingKids.ca also helps communities know what to do should a child go missing. The site provides a downloadable community response plan which provides a step-by-step guide to help coordinate search efforts.

About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection:

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Our goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to Canadians. We do this through public awareness activities, our personal safety education program (kidsintheknow.ca), our national tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children (Cybertip.ca), our program to help organizations prevent child sexual abuse (commit2kids.ca), and our new national missing children resource centre (MissingKids.ca).

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