Something piqued Dermot’s attention when he was walking past a pile of logs. He heard a strange noise that sounded out of place, so he paused to hear it better. There did not seem to be anything strange about the log pile in front of him at first. He turned out to be wrong about that, though! He knew he was supposed to ask for help, but how? He was far from civilization, and from there, no one would be able to hear him. Nothing else had to be done but to come closer and check the logs for himself…
An Outdoorsy Person
He was a guy who loved to go hiking outdoors. Dermot liked the feeling of dirt and the scent of pine trees under his feet. He would spend all of his days in nature if he could. For him, it began as a normal Sunday morning. He had no idea what fate had in store for him as he headed into the woods.
The Small Town Of Riverwood
He lived in a small town named Riverwood at the time. The people were friendly and kind. They knew each other and, when they could, they wouldn’t hesitate to help. A mystery, however, struck the city only seven months before Dermot went for a morning walk. No one had known the truth… till now.
A Girl Went Missing
Several months ago, after visiting a pal, a child named Alice mysteriously vanished. All they found was the pink bicycle that the 11-year-old girl was riding. Her parents were crushed. They knew that, especially without asking for their permission, their daughter would not go anywhere. They thought, at first, that she was just lost. The whole town was tried to help them look for the young girl, but the missing child was never found.
They Tried To Help
One hundred residents who were concerned helped look for the child. In fact, Dermot was one of these volunteers. The police arrived at the family’s house to lead the search. Everyone knew it would be a long night. All of them felt worried and hoped that Alice was okay. If it meant bringing her home safely, they did not mind spending hours looking for her.
Every Nook And Cranny
They strolled through the area, yelling her name. The volunteers were looking for her both on the roads and in the fields. A hundred people did this, but no one found a trace of the young girl. There was a ball of fear in his stomach as Dermot called her name. They didn’t know if she was safe and okay. Everyone was trying to stay hopeful because they didn’t find any indication that she was harmed either.
As Time Passed By
Jan, the parents’ friend, shared what it was like. “It was stressful and emotional. We were all out there just walking back and forth, from one end to the other, yelling her name,” she shared. Time went on, and people began losing hope. They were all stumbling into each other as they called out the little girl’s name. It didn’t feel like anything other than a disorganized search party after a little while.
After A Week
There were fewer people actively looking for her a week after that. Several of the volunteers have already given up. Those who were still doing rounds at night were also beginning to feel discouraged. So many possibilities were possible. Alice might be in the fields, in the woods, or a lot further away. They found no clue that would guide them in the right direction. It felt like they were looking for a needle in the middle of a haystack.
What The Police Did
To comb the woods, the police sent helicopters with infrared cameras. They had dogs on the ground that were sniffing around for clues. They still failed to come up with anything useful, despite this. Days turned into weeks, but they didn’t know what might have happened to the young girl yet. Where has Alice been?
As Much As He Could
Hearing the news of the disappearance was terrible. Dermot was even sadder to see that nothing was found in the search. He tried as much as he could to help. He spent nights searching in the woods for her. Unfortunately, their efforts bore no fruit. It felt as if Alice had simply disappeared into thin air. Where has the child gone?
Starting To Lose Hope
Dermot was an experienced hiker who knew he could help by exploring the mountains around their town. He was able, after all, to reach places that most individuals could not have. Sad to say, the choppers and the dogs still did not find the poor girl. Spending so much effort in vain was very frustrating. He felt the need to do his part while he was a little discouraged. He had no idea that the one to crack the case was going to be him.
After Seven Months
They still had no idea, seven months later, where Alice was. No one had any idea what kind of fate the child had encountered. Others have decided to move on simply, but Dermot has found this impossible. He would go to a new area each time he went out for a hike to see if he would discover anything that could help. He grabbed his bottled water and slipped back into his camping gear to start heading into the mountains.
Not A Typical Hike
He had only been hiking for less than an hour at that time. Dermot was starting to feel the workout’s burn as he took in his surroundings. He knew while it wasn’t easy, that he had to do it. Fortunately, it was compensated for by the gorgeous views and fresh air. He shut his eyes and breathed deeply. He felt relaxed by the scent of oak trees and wild grass. Nonetheless, all of a sudden, his smile dropped from his face.
He Heard An Odd Sound
A strange sound caught his attention. It sounded like a voice, although a very faint one. Dermot looked around, uncertain where it came from. Instantly, he thought of the missing girl. When he remembered her, his blood ran cold. “Alice?! ” he screamed into space. He didn’t hear a response, though. The voice stopped suddenly for some reason. What exactly was going on here?!
Not His Imagination
He was in hyper-alert mode. He carefully moved forward and looked around. Did he just imagine the voice? He couldn’t help but feel sick. He knew it might not be the best thing to do while he was trying to run out and yell her name. After all, he had no clue what was going on. As he looked around, he heard the voice again. Not only that but closer to you, it sounded! This caused goosebumps to erupt in his body.
A Random Pile Of Logs
Yet again, Dermot stopped in his tracks. As he tried to figure out where the sound came from, he struggled to keep his breathing steady. It stopped again. He finally saw it after running forward. In front of him was a pile of logs. He was confused as they seemed to be out of place. His jaw fell as he approached it. The only thing he wanted to do was shout for help, but nobody would be able to hear him.
It Was Out Of Place
Dermot had to do something about it immediately. His hands were trembling, but he managed to dial 911. Hopefully, it was not too late. While awaiting help to come, he paced back and forth. Now he had no idea what to do. This was the first time he had experienced such a thing. The only thing he could do was to keep the evidence intact and keep an ear out for the voice.
Calling The Authorities
It’s good that not long after he called to report what he saw, the police went to the mountains. “Come quick! Now! Please!” he pleaded with the operators, his voice breaking. But what of the logs that have made him react this way? The cops finally arrived within less than half an hour. Then after, what happened?
In The Right Direction
After the cops finally got there, they were greeted by the sight of a distraught Dermot and a pile of logs. “What exactly is going on here?” an officer asked him in a stern voice. Dermot came up with tears rolling down his face. He pointed to the pile of logs and said, “Just look over there.”
Ill At Ease
The officer, confused, walked up to the pile of logs. At the time, they had no idea just what was going on. With every step that he took towards it, the cop began to feel uneasy. He didn’t know why, but the lumber made him feel queasy. After getting closer, he finally saw what made Dermot react like that. We are certain they felt the same way this poor hiker felt.
Not As It Seemed
The pile of logs will look like nothing special if you look at it from afar. However, after taking a better look at it, you will notice just how odd it really is. There would be no log pile that would be fully rectangular and comes with black lines. He felt sick to his stomach when the cop realized what it truly was.
A Hideaway In The Woods
The random pile of logs, it turns out, was actually a camouflaged structure. Dermot thought it was nothing more than lumber at first, but it really was an entrance to a hideaway. They felt bad at the thought of hiding something in such a place. They were horrified when they finally went inside the hidden cabin.
Inside The Secret Cabin
In the secret cabin, they found a tiny room. They were shocked when they found a young girl coming out of the corner! At the sight of the child, the cop yelped in surprise. They realized who this child was after taking a better look at her. They were completely at a loss for words. Dermot couldn’t help but shed tears of relief!
They Found The Missing Girl
They finally solved a piece of the puzzle in the long run. They were finally on something, seven months after Alice disappeared. The officer was shocked as well as impressed by the efforts made by Dermot. How exactly did this young girl wind up here, however? The officer requested backup so that she could be brought to safety. This was their main concern, but about the case, they still had a lot of questions.
She Was Finally Safe
More cops headed there as soon as they could. They brought the poor girl to the station as well. She was abducted by a man, according to Alice, who then took her to this secret cabin. The police failed to figure out who would do such a thing, however. We’re sure you’d love to know who did this, too, but no dice. At the very least, we are happy that Alice managed to return home safely. The sad truth is that every single day, kids go missing. Nevertheless, this missing child was only found three decades later…
The Worst Day Of Her Life
Her wish finally came true, and it didn’t matter if it took more than thirty years to make it a reality. No one should have to go through the same thing. We’re sure Lyneth wouldn’t wish it on her worst enemy, either. Her emotions were in overdrive when she arrived at Connecticut Airport. She was hundreds of miles away from home, but the trip was worth it. She stepped out into the arrival area and hoped it would mark the end of the worst chapter of her life.
She Was Excited To See Him
In June 1987, in northern Toronto, Lyneth drove to a dollar store on Islington Avenue. It was a hot day in the summer, and she went to get Jermaine. Her son spent some time there with his father, Alan, and agreed to meet up at 4 p.m. When his parents split up, the young boy was only a baby. Even so, with a laugh and a smile that would light up any room, he remained a happy child. She was very excited about seeing her son, but life wasn’t very kind to her…
Buying A Gift For Him
On that day, she really did not do anything out of the ordinary. It was nice to be on her own for a little while, however. Lyneth went grocery shopping and ran some errands. She knew she had to get it for her son when she spotted a stuffed lion! Jermaine loved lions, after all. Alone, she had a pleasant time, but she missed him. She had no idea that something terrible would shake her world that day.
Starting To Lose Patience
The first sign of trouble was that they were nowhere to be found, although it was already 4 o’clock. She watched the other families as she waited. Lyneth smiled at herself, thinking that she and her own son would soon be reunited. One of the boys reminded her of Jermaine. This child waved at her, and she waved back to him. She was starting to get impatient. It was 4:09. Where could they have been?
A Bad Feeling About This
Her heart was thumping in her chest furiously. She was so worried. Twenty minutes had passed, and Jermaine and Alan were still not there. Lyneth felt such strong anxiety that she fell to the ground and dropped the stuffed lion. She had a gut feeling and raced back to her car. This mother hoped that she was wrong… She dialed 911 and drove off, leaving the toy behind her.
Her House Was Empty And Silent
Her house’s stillness was unbearable. She could not make herself get out of the chair in the kitchen. Both her eyes and head hurt. 48 hours had passed since she left the dollar store. For a long time, she waited, but neither her son nor her ex had arrived. Since she had no idea where they were, it was very stressful.
The Years Went On
The Toronto police launched an extensive search of the area, but they failed to find the young boy even months later. This news broke the heart of the poor mother. The months were turning into years, turning into decades. Before she knew it, Lyneth was in an empty home celebrating her son’s 25th birthday. Without knowing what fate had befallen her son, it was hard to live.
She Had Nothing But Memories Of Him
There have been various agencies trying to solve his disappearance. Unfortunately, for a long time, they had no leads. Canada’s Missing Children Society got involved, but they also found nothing. Memories of her child were her only solace. She didn’t lose hope even though it was difficult. In 1989, the Toronto Star featured her to bring more attention to the case. The theory was that Jermaine was abducted by Allan and then crossed the border into the USA. There was a good chance this was true, but no one had any proof to back it up.
They Did Not Give Up On Him
Efforts to find Jermaine were not limited to Canada. Some people in the United States have been working on bringing him home. The Charley Project is a database that publishes cases of missing people in the country. The story was featured, but they were still unable to find the lead. We’re glad to hear that someone hasn’t given up on the case yet. He refused to rest until he had cracked it!
No Longer A Cold Case
Ted Davis was once a policeman. He looked into cases for the Missing Children Society of Canada for three decades. He saw just how stressful it was for her when he discussed the case with Lyneth. He promised her he’d do all he could to get Jermaine home. It’s a good thing he’s not the kind of guy that’s going to break his promise. He finally made a breakthrough in the case back in 2016.
Fresh Leads At Last
He went to a conference with the other members of the Toronto police in the same year. At the time, there were American representatives present as well. They spoke about the disappearance of Jermaine Mann at the vent. The cold case has sparked new interest. It resulted, more importantly, in new leads!
A New Piece Of Information
In summer 2018, the investigators talked to people who knew Allan. In the hopes of finding new leads, they talked to these people. Some of them said that he was driving five hundred miles east of Toronto and living in Connecticut. However, only after talking to one of his closest friends did they make the discovery. Finally, they found something that could lead them to the pair’s exact location.
A New Name For A New Identity
The investigators talked to people who knew Allan in the summer of 2018. They talked to these people in the hopes of finding new leads. Some of them believed that he drove five hundred miles east of Toronto and lived in Connecticut. However, they only made the breakthrough after talking to one of his closest friends. At long last, they found something that could lead them to the actual location of the pair.
It Was A Match
They were so close to the mystery is solved! The investigators were seeking the help of forensic experts. They checked DeSouza’s son’s driver’s license photo. Things were finally falling into place, slowly but surely. They were able to confirm their theory in October 2018. There was an excellent chance that the driver and Jermaine Mann were the same people on the driver’s license! After this, what happened?
They Tracked Him Down
The investigators couldn’t believe it. They now had the answers to some of their questions after such a long time. As soon as they could, they had to make a move. A tipster told them that Allan went to a nearby KFC store often. He reportedly liked the food and was with the people who worked there on good terms. The investigators headed to the joint in question for fast-food. It was time for him to be brought to justice.
At The Local KFC
“This is the police,” yelled a Connecticut Police Department member as they stormed into the KFC location. They scanned for an older man in the room. The staff were all confused and startled by what was happening. Their eyes finally landed on somebody in the corner of the room. He’d got his hands up. The man confirmed that he was indeed the person they were looking for. Eventually, they found Allan.
The Man They Were Looking For
Their theory was that Allan fled Canada in 1986 with his son in tow. They must have crossed the border into the U.S. Since 2004; the two have reportedly been sharing a Connecticut apartment. They put Allan in handcuffs and led him outside. All of a sudden, a voice was heard saying, “Dad? ” Behind them, they found a man. Like Jermaine, he had big brown eyes. Could this be him?
His Entire Life Was A Lie
He had no idea that, for years on end, he had been living a life of lies. Learning the truth about your own life must be terrible. Allan got his hands on the fake documents after they left Canada. They have lived in New York and North Carolina in the past as well. They settled in the town of Vernon in Connecticut after some time. Allan, while his son worked for the state, worked as an engineer and trucker.
When The Truth Came To Light
Jermaine asked Allan a lot of questions about his mother when he was growing up. His dad lied to him about that, however. He simply answered that while giving birth to him, she died but remained vague about it. Jermaine recalls mothers picking up friends as a child. It was sad that the same thing he did not get to experience. Until he was 33 years old, he did not know that his mother was actually alive and well.
He Could Not Believe It
As he learned the truth about his life, Jermaine could not help but sob. When all this deception came to light, he wept in court. He didn’t know how his father could do such a thing. When he learned that his father would not be charged with kidnapping, his heart stopped. Allan would, instead, be extradited to Canada. The young man was at a loss for what to do next after stepping out of the court. Now what? The truth dawned on him all of a sudden. Then and there, he realized that his mother was still alive!
She Waited For This All Her Life
Lyneth couldn’t believe it. Ted had just called her to give the news. After such a long time, they finally found Jermaine. She was relieved to hear he was alive and well. It’s been too long since the last time she saw him. She broke down with tears of relief. She couldn’t wait to see her son again.
The Joy That She Felt
It took more than three decades, but Lyneth didn’t mind it anymore. She was just happy to hear some good news about her soon. She spoke at a press conference in 2018. “Words can’t express what I felt,” she shared, “The words, ‘Your son is alive; we’ve found him,’ that is breathtaking.” Delighted, she got on a plane bound for Connecticut. It was time to be reunited with her son after such a long time.
They Could Now Be Together
She scanned the crowd for her son in the pickup area. Three decades had passed since she had seen him. She knew that a lot of things have changed. She saw a tall man all of a sudden walking towards her. As he got older, she instantly recognized his brown eyes. Was this real? Was it really him?
Not Letting Each Other Go
They both ran toward each other. Neither of them could hold their tears in their eyes. Jermaine and Lyneth crashed into each other. It overwhelmed both mother and son. They tightly held each other. Until then, there could be questions waiting. However, they were just glad at that moment that they were finally with each other.
The Same Brown Eyes
Lyneth shared through her tears, “I grabbed him and squeezed his head; I want to feel if he’s real.” She added, “I touched him, and I said, ‘Oh my God, my baby.'” Jermaine declined public interviews, but when they were finally reunited, his mother shared something he said. He couldn’t help but express his surprise at the fact that they had the same eyes.