Kevin Jay Ayotte

1 AP
Left: Kevin, circa 1982;
Right: Age-progression to age 36 (circa 2015)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 30, 1982 from Sugarbush, Minnesota
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: May 12, 1979
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 50 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Kevin has a scar on the right side of his chin. He also has a cleft chin.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A checkered shirt, blue jeans, lace-up sneakers and a disposable diaper.
  • Medical Conditions: Kevin is developmentally disabled and has a hearing impairment; as a result, he had limited speech skills at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kevin was last seen playing in the upstairs of his family's summer home in Sugarbush, Minnesota at 4:45 p.m. on September 30, 1982. His mother went outside briefly; when she returned, Kevin had vanished. His dog, a six-month-old Springer Spaniel puppy named Flash, disappeared also, but his older brother was still inside the house at the time.

    Kevin had wandered away from his home before, but he always returned after a short time. An extensive nine-day search turned up no sign of him, not even his shoes or his diaper, both of which he had a habit of discarding. Flash, however, reappeared on October 5. In hopes of discovering clues as to Kevin's whereabouts, its coat was combed carefully and a veterinarian pumped its stomach; they found no evidence that Flash had eaten anything other than swamp grass in days. Police put a tracking collar on the dog and let it go again, hoping it would lead them to Kevin, but it just kept returning home.

    The countryside around Kevin's home is woodsy and boggy, and some people feel that the child became lost in the area and died of exposure. Due to the lack of evidence in his case, however, it is classified as a non-family abduction.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Beltrami County Sheriff's Office
    218-751-9111

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Operation Lookout
    NewsLibrary
    The Aberdeen Daily News
    KTSP 5

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 27, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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