The search of a San Francisco home has stirred up memories and emotions surrounding the 1984 abduction of ten-year-old Kevin Collins, but failed to find any evidence of his body, authorities said.
Investigators jack-hammered the garage floor of a Haight District home and brought in a cadaver dog. But the bones that were discovered were of an unidentified animal. Further tests are scheduled on the bone fragments.
Authorities said the home was once owned by a man who was a person of interest in the original investigation back in 1984 but has since died. The current owners have no connection to the man or the case.
News of the search stirred emotions among the Collins family members including Kevin’s sisters Michelle and Laura Collins.
During an interview with KTVU, the two women said they let their brother go years ago assuming he'd been murdered.
But they admitted they have always struggled with the question of what happened. And now, after nearly 29 years, they wonder could this finally be the break they've been waiting for.
Sitting together on a coach in their Hayward apartment, it's clear the sisters have not just a sisterly bond, but a connection only shared by those who have lost a sibling.
"He's never far from us," Laura said of her brother.
Laura and Michelle were just teenagers when their freckle-faced brother Kevin disappeared off a San Francisco street corner in 1984.
Five days ago, the family marked Kevin's birthday.
"I thought, 'Gosh, what would Kevin be like at 39?' What would he be like? Would he be married with children?" asked Laura.
The two remember passing out fliers in their Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and beyond during the weeks that followed his disappearance.
"We had his fliers in foreign countries," remembered Laura. "He had his flier on the cover of Newsweek."
But the extensive search has now come back to where it all started. On Tuesday, cold case investigators and the FBI converged on a home just a block from where Kevin vanished.
"To think we cast that wide of a net when all along he could have been 30-to-50 short feet from where he was last seen is really disturbing," said Laura.
The sisters told KTVU that Tuesday's development is the most promising lead in their nearly three decade long search for answers.
Michelle Collins said the family is cautiously watching as the details of the search unfold.
"We are all ready for it to be over and have high hopes that it could be," explained Michelle. "But nobody wants to get their hopes up, because it's happened so many times before."
Information has surfaced in the past numerous times. At one point, investigators followed a tip all the way to Montana. That tip turned out to be a hoax.
Laura Collins said she is resigned to what happens.
"And if this is it, then that's what we'll deal with," said Laura.
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