O'Brien disappearance still a mystery 17 years later print this article
Steven O’Brien’s disappearance two months shy of his 19th birthday in 1993 remains a long, painful mystery for his Island parents.
“Not one day goes by that we don’t think of Steven,’’ Janet O’Brien of Iona said of her son in a statement.
“Our family is missing a piece of itself, and we miss him very much. We don’t know where or why he disappeared, but what is most important to us, his parents, brother and sisters, is to know that he is alright.’’
Det.-Const. Randy Currie of the Charlottetown Police Service declined to speculate as to the most probable explanation to Steven O’Brien never being seen again after he ended his shift on March 20, 1993 at the Culinary Institute in Charlottetown and joined a few friends for a night out on the town.
He left without his wallet, keys or other personal effects. He was last seen walking south on Queen Street in Charlottetown around 1:30 a.m. wearing a white t-shirt, jeans and a burgundy winter jacket.
Did he meet with foul play? An accident? Or did he have cause to just leave his life behind and sever ties?
“I am not ruling out any possibilities,’’ said Currie. “We are looking at all avenues.’’
O’Brien’s family believes if Steven left P.E.I., he could be in the greater Toronto area.
The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC), a national non-profit organization dedicated to the active search for abducted and missing children, began conducting a targeted poster campaign in Toronto and P.E.I. last week on the 17th anniversary of O’Brien’s disappearance.
Photo age enhancement has been done to show what a 35-year-old Steven O’Brien, who had dark brown hair and brown eyes and stood five feet, six inches tall, might look like today.
Janet and Charles O’Brien hope their son is safe and happy. They want him to know he is always welcome to come home.
“If anyone has information on our son’s whereabouts, please look into your heart and try to understand what it would be like to have a family member missing without explanation,’’ said Janet.
“Please Steven, or anyone who knows where Steven is, contact us.’’
MCSC is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to locating Steven O’Brien.
The organization made a concerted effort in 1995, after being contacted by the family, to locate him with two investigators assigned to the case.
“The reason we need to continue is I know somebody out there knows something...whether two years or 17 years has gone by, somebody out there knows something,’’ said Maria Sbert, director of the special investigations unit of the MCSC.
“So we will not stop our search. But it would be nice if somebody knows something that they would call us confidentially.’’
Currie says police are investigating the “several tips’’ received since a public appeal went out last week for information.
“Every one wants closure to this to find out exactly what happened,’’ he said.
Anyone with information about this matter is asked to contact Currie at 902-629-4172 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=334257&sc=98