The Toronto Police Missing Person Unit (MPU) is highlighting four historical cases of children missing as far back as 1944.
On July 18 of that year, Richard ‘Peewee’ Marlow was last seen riding a bicycle in front of his family home in Etobicoke. The bicycle was located later in the evening in front of the house, but the boy was nowhere to be seen.
Marlow is described as white with blonde hair, blue eyes and a thin build. He was very small for his age and incredibly shy.
With many of his family members overseas fighting in the war effort, the local militia was involved in a large search at the time of his disappearance. Not many cars were present at the time and the area in which he lived was considered quite rural.
Although this case is 75 years old, surviving family members are still left with unanswered questions as to what happened to their relative.
On December 29, 1960, at about 3.45 p.m., Helga Kaserer was last seen by her neighbour travelling on foot westbound along Harvard Ave. towards Roncesvalles Ave. The 13-year-old migrated from Austria four years earlier.
Despite an exhaustive search, intense media coverage and numerous tips from the public, police have been unable to bring this investigation to a conclusion.
Kaserer was described as white, 5’1 ½’, 105 lbs., short, curly brown hair, brown eyes and she was wearing a grey and beige checked coat and a dark blue dress with polka dots.
On November 26, 1988, it is reported that Amber Carrie Potts was last heard from by her mother. The girl had a history of running away but always maintained contact with her mother. The 16-year-old belongings were left behind in the hotel she was staying at.
Potts was described as white, female, 5’6”, 130 lbs., shoulder-length brown curly hair and brown eyes.
We want to bring awareness that cases do stay active, whether persons are missing for five days or 50 years
On January 27, 1999 at approximately 3 p.m., it is reported that Nancy Liou left her apartment and was never seen again. She was 15 years old at the time.
Despite the passage of years, various media releases and numerous tips from the public, police have been unable to bring this investigation to a conclusion.
Liou was described as Asian, 5’5”, 117 lbs., long black hair, brown eyes, right-handed with a scar on her upper lip (in the corner).
MPU Det. Mary Vruna said the four cases were selected from among 60 missing children cases.
“We want to bring awareness that cases do stay active, whether persons are missing for five days or 50 years,” she said. “There could be someone with information that did know something back then, but didn’t feel comfortable coming forward. Their conscience perhaps is getting the better of them and as they get older, they may feel it is Ok for them to come forward without having concerns about repercussions. We are just hoping to yield any new information to determine what might have happened to these children.”
The MPU is a subsection of Homicide and will ensure a consistent process and investigative response for all occurrences of persons missing in Toronto, or on the way to/from Toronto. This includes both newly reported and historic cases of missing persons and unidentified human remains.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7411, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).