The Doe Network:
Case File 1718DMNF

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Left: O'Brien, circa 1996; Right: Age-Progression by NCMEC

Mitchell Gary Marcus O'Brien
Missing since November 9, 1996 from Torbay, Newfoundland
Classification: Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: November 29, 1991
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 5 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3'0" (91 cm); 46 lbs (21 kg)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Mitchell and his brothers, Adam and Trevor, were abducted by their 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 has 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

NCIC Number:
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
North American Missing Persons Network
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Child Find

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