Mother of murdered Pictou County boy hopeful new information could solve crime

Staff ~ The New Glasgow News
Published on May 17, 2014


Bonnie Thomas has spent 20 years asking questions.

She’s wondered where her 13-year-old son Kevin Martin went – for about six years, until his remains were discovered.

Since then she’s asked, what could have happened to him?

But now, more than ever, she believes she may be getting close to getting the answers she’s longed for.

“At least this year there’s a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel,” she says.

This year’s Kevin’s name has finally been added to the rewards program and investigators say they have some new information they are checking into.

“We’re at a better place than we were 20 years ago,” Thomas says. “It’s been a long emotional journey for us. We just have to be stronger for a little bit. We will get the justice for Kevin. I’m certain of that.”

Kevin was just a couple of weeks shy of his 14th birthday the day he disappeared. He’d been coming home from a friend’s home when he hopped a fence and took off running from the family’s MacKay Street, Stellarton, home. It was the last time Thomas saw her son.

Police believe he was murdered shortly after he disappeared, but his family was left to wait and wonder, until his remains were discovered by loggers on Nov. 13, 2000, in a dense forest off an isolated road in Burnside, on the Pictou-Colchester county border, a 30-minute drive from Stellarton.

Thomas said every holiday is hard as she thinks of Kevin and another son, Owen, who died in a fire, but she’s thankful for the family she still has and the grandchildren she lives near in Prince