Dermot was walking past a pile of logs when something piqued his attention. He heard an odd, out of place sounding noise, so he paused to listen to 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, however! 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 liked to go camping outside. Dermot enjoyed the feeling of soil beneath his feet as well as the smell of pine trees. He would spend all of his days in nature if he could. For him, it began as a regular Sunday morning. He had no idea what destiny had in store for him as he went into the jungle.
The Small Town Of Riverwood
He lived in a small town called Riverwood at the time. The people were polite and kind. They knew each other and, when they could, did not hesitate to help. A mystery, however, hit the city just seven months before Dermot went for a morning stroll. No one had learned the truth… till now.
A Girl Went Missing
Several months ago, after visiting a pal, a girl named Alice disappeared into thin air. What they found was the pink bicycle that the 11-year-old girl was riding. Her parents became broken-hearted. They understood that, without asking for their permission, their daughter would not go anywhere. They thought, at first, that she was just getting lost. The whole town tried to help them look for the young girl, but the missing child was not found.
They Tried To Help
One hundred residents who were worried helped search for the kid. Probably, 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 nervous and hoped that Alice was safe. If it meant getting her home safely, they did not mind spending hours searching for her.
Every Nook And Cranny
They roamed the area and yelled her name. On the roads as well as in the fields, the volunteers searched for her. A hundred people were doing this, but nobody found a sign of that young girl. There was a ball of fear in his stomach as Dermot called out her name. They had no idea if she was okay and safe. Since they did not find any evidence that she was hurt either, everyone tried to remain optimistic.
As Time Passed By
Jan, a friend of the parents, 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 by, and people began losing hope. They were all running into each other when they called out the little girl’s name. It didn’t sound like anything more 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. Too many possibilities were available. Alice may be in the fields, in the woods, or a lot farther away. They found no hint that would point them in the right direction. It felt like looking for a needle in the middle of a haystack.
What The Police Did
The police sent helicopters with infrared cameras to comb the woods. They had dogs on the field who were sniffing around for clues. They still struggled to come up with anything useful, despite this. Days turned into weeks, so they didn’t know what could have happened to the young girl yet. Where could Alice be?
As Much As He Could
Hearing the news of the kid’s disappearance was horrible. 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 hunting in the woods for her. Unfortunately, their endeavors bore no fruit. It felt as though Alice had literally disappeared into thin air. Where did the child go?
Starting To Lose Hope
Dermot was an accomplished hiker who knew that he could offer help by exploring the mountains around their area. He could, after all, enter places where most people could not. Sadly, the poor girl was not found by the choppers and dogs. Spending too much time to no avail was very frustrating. He felt the need to do his part though he was a little discouraged. He had no idea that the one to crack the case would be him.
After Seven Months
Seven months later, they still had no idea where Alice was. Nobody had any idea what kind of fate the kid had experienced. Others have agreed to simply move on, but Dermot has found this difficult. He would go to a new place each time he went out for a hike to see if he would find something that could help. He packed his bottled water and changed back into his camping clothes to head back into the mountains.
Not A Typical Hike
He had only been hiking for less than an hour at that time. Dermot was beginning to feel the workout’s burn as he took in his surroundings. He realized though it wasn’t convenient, that he had to do it. Fortunately, it was compensated for by the beautiful views and fresh air. He opened his eyes and breathed deeply. He felt relaxed by the smell of oak trees and wild grass. However, all of a sudden, his grin disappeared from his face.
He Heard An Odd Sound
A strange sound piqued his attention. It sounded like a voice, a super faint one, though. Dermot looked about, confused about where it was coming from. He thought, all of a sudden, of the missing child. His blood ran cold when he remembered her. “Alice?!” he yelled out into space. He did not hear an answer, however. The voice stopped for some reason all of a sudden. What was going on here exactly?!
Not His Imagination
He was in hyper-alert mode. He stepped forward slowly and looked around. Did the voice just picture him? He was unable to help but feel sick. He knew that it might not be the right thing to do, even if he wanted to run forward and scream out her name. He had no idea what was going on after all. He heard the voice once more as he looked around. Not just that, but it was sounding closer! This caused his body to erupt into goosebumps.
A Random Pile Of Logs
Dermot stopped once more in his tracks. As he tried to figure out where the sound came from, he attempted to keep his breathing steady. It stopped anew. He finally saw it after running forward. In front of him was a pile of logs. Because they seemed out of place, he was confused. His jaw dropped as he approached it. Screaming for help was all he wanted to do, but no one would be able to hear him.
It Was Out Of Place
Right away, Dermot had to do something about it. His hands were trembling, but on his phone, he managed to dial 911. It was not, hopefully, 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 for the voice to keep an ear out.
Calling The Authorities
It is good that not long after he called to report what he saw, the police went to the mountains. “Come quick! Now! Please!”With his voice breaking, he pleaded with the operators. But what of the logs that have made him react this way? The cops finally arrived within less than half an hour. After this, what happened?
In The Right Direction
When the cops finally got there, the sight of a distraught Dermot and a pile of logs greeted them. “What exactly is going on here?”An officer in a stern voice asked him. With tears rolling down his face, Dermot came up to him. He pointed to the pile of logs, telling them, “Just look over there.”
Ill At Ease
The officer, confused, walked up to the pile of logs. At the time, they didn’t know exactly what was going on. With every step that he took towards it, the cop began to feel uneasy. He was unaware of why, but the wood made him feel queasy. He finally saw what made Dermot react like that after getting closer. 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 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 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 was not able to 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
As soon as they could, more cops headed there. 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
Finally, her wish came true, and it didn’t matter if it had taken over thirty years to make it a reality. The same thing no one should have to go through. 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 kilometers away from home but more than worth the trip. She stepped out into the arrival area and hoped it would mark the end of her life’s worst chapter.
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. She was reminded of Jermaine by one of the little guys. This child waved at her, and she waved at him straight back. She began to get impatient. It had been 4:09. Where might they be?
A Bad Feeling About This
Her heart loudly beat against her chest. About this, she had a bad feeling. Twenty minutes had passed, but there were still no Alan and Jermaine there. So strong a feeling of anxiety struck Lyneth that she fell to the ground and dropped the stuffed lion. She felt a gut feeling, and she ran back to her car. Hoping this mother was wrong, she dialed 911 and drove off, leaving her toy behind.
Her House Was Empty And Silent
Her house’s silence was unbearable. In the kitchen, she couldn’t make herself get out of the chair. Both her eyes and head hurt. Forty-eight 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 the mystery of his disappearance. Unfortunately, for the longest time, they did not have any leads. Canada’s Missing Children Society got involved, but they also found nothing. Memories of her little boy were the only thing that Lyneth had. She did not 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
The attempts to locate Jermaine were not just limited to Canada. Some individuals in the United States were working on bringing him home. The Charley Project is a database that advertises cases of missing people in the country. The tale was featured, but they still failed to find a lead. We’re happy to hear that someone hasn’t given up on the case yet. He refused to rest until he made it crack!
No Longer A Cold Case
Ted Davis was a policeman before. 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
The investigators talked to individuals who knew Allan in summer 2018. In the hopes of finding new leads, they talked to these individuals. Some of them were of the opinion 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 breakthrough. Finally, they discovered something that could lead them to the pair’s actual location.
A New Name For A New Identity
They found out that Allan had used a new alias! He had a new identity and name. They were now a step closer to learning the fate of Jermaine after learning that he had used the name Hailee Randolph DeSouza. Both social media accounts and official databases went through them. Finally, they found a match. There was an older man living with his son in Vernon. It was close to Hartford, Connecticut’s capital. Could these individuals be the dad and son they were looking for?
It Was A Match
They were so close to the mystery being solved! The investigators were seeking the aid 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 person on the driver’s license! But after this, what came?
They Tracked Him Down
The investigators could not 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,” a Connecticut Police Department member yelled 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 individual they were looking for. Eventually, they found Allan.
The Man They Were Looking For
They hypothesized 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 he be this?
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 mum 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 wasn’t able to believe it. Ted just called her in order to deliver the news. After such a long time, they finally found Jermaine. She felt relieved to hear that he was well and alive. Since she last saw him, it had been far too long. In tears of relief, she broke down. She couldn’t wait for her son to be seen 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. In 2018, she spoke at a press conference. “Words can’t express what I felt,” she shared, “The words, ‘Your son is alive; we’ve found him,’ that is breathtaking.” She got on a plane bound for Connecticut, overjoyed. 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 it had changed a lot of things. She saw a tall man all of a sudden walking towards her. As he grew up, 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 hands. Jermaine and Lyneth crashed into each other. It overwhelmed both mother and son. They tightly held each other. For now, there might be questions waiting. They were just glad at that moment that they were finally with each other.
The Same Brown Eyes
“I grabbed him and squeezed his head; I want to feel if he’s real,” Lyneth shared through her tears. 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 was unable to help but express his surprise at the fact that they had the same eyes.