The Doe Network:
Case File 1419DMNF

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Left: O'Brien, circa 1996; Center: Age-Progression by NCMEC; Right: Age-Progression (Circa 2009)

Adam Matthew O'Brien
Missing since November 9, 1996 from Torbay, Newfoundland, Canada
Classification: Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: October 28, 1982
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'0" (152 cm); 99 lbs (45 kg)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; blue eyes

Circumstances of Disappearance
Adam and his brothers, Trevor and Mitchell, were abducted by his father, Gary Joseph O'Brien. On November 9, 1996 Gary O'Brien failed to return his three children to their mother as required by a specific access order. Investigation revealed that Gary O'Brien built an elaborate trap at his residence in Torbay designed to cause an explosion when a person entered the home. He advised his wife that she would not see her children again. Gary O'Brien has a history of psychiatric problems, violence and suicidal tendencies.
Gary Joseph O'Brien

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: October 17, 1956
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'10"; 132 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Grey hair; Blue eyes.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

NCMEC #: RCMP9600663

Source Information:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
North American Missing Persons Network

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