How a retired cop’s ‘unrelenting resolve’ tracked down a Brampton mother’s son, 31 years later


The investigators working the case of missing boy Jermaine Mann had amassed “little bits of evidence” over the years, through upwards of 400 interviews.

They knew that Jermaine and his father were somewhere in the northeastern United States. They knew the missing boy had grown up, graduated college, even had a loose idea of where he’d gone to school.


But Ted Davis — the retired police officer whose “unrelenting resolve” was credited in Jermaine’s stunning reunion with his mother this week after 31 years apart — said that, until recently, that just hadn’t been enough.

“We had no names,” Davis said in an interview from his home in Calgary on Tuesday. “We were looking for a needle in a hay stack, and this was a really, really big hay stack.”

Jermaine’s case file with the Missing Children’s Society of Canada (MCSC) was opened in 1987, two days after the 21-month-old toddler went missing during a court-ordered visit with his father in Toronto. Over the years, it was probed by police and the missing children’s organization, and Davis and a team of three fellow MCSC investigators took carriage starting in 2003. Retired from the Calgary Police Service, Davis has been working with MCSC for the past 28 years.

As revealed by law enforcement agencies over the weekend, police at last zeroed in on Allan Mann Jr., now 66, in a small community outside Hartford, Conn., last week. Police allege Mann abducted Jermaine, fled illegally to the U.S., then both assumed aliases, which included obtaining a false Texas birth certificate for Jermaine.

Police say Jermaine had been told his mother was dead.

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Mann Jr. is being held in U.S. custody on charges including making false statements, and he will be extradited to Canada and charged with abduction, and faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted.

As Mann Jr. was held in jail, Lyneth Mann-Lewis flew down to reunite with her son, now 33.

Lyneth Mann-Lewis, who was reunited with her son Jermaine this week after he was missing for 31 years, hugs retired police officer Ted Davis, who was one of the investigators with Missing Children's Society of Canada who helped find her son.  (submitted)

“Ted encouraged me to be always, always believing,” Mann-Lewis told reporters at a news conference Monday, where she credited Davis’ “unrelenting resolve” with finding her son. “I will forever be grateful for him for everything he has done.”
Quick to give credit to other agencies, including the Toronto police fugitive squad and the United States Marshals Service, Davis said the arrest came through collaboration and a few substantial recent developments.

The “absolute” clincher, he said, was the recent discovery of Mann Jr.’s assumed name. While Toronto police have revealed little about the investigation, U.S. court documents show that in August, police identified and interviewed associates of Mann Jr., one of whom provided Mann Jr.’s fake name: Hailee Randolph DeSouza.

That day, Davis knew an arrest was in sight.

“I knew that we had enough at that time,” he said. “We had a direction to work toward.”

In the ensuing months, as police were closing in — locating Mann Jr. in Connecticut, forensically analyzing photographs and more — Davis didn’t say a word to Mann-Lewis. That risked producing false hope, he said, which would turn to devastation if the investigation hit a snag.

It wasn’t until mid-week last week, as Mann Jr. was being taken into custody, that Davis boarded a plane from Calgary to tell Mann-Lewis in person — alongside Amanda Pick, CEO of the missing children’s organization — that her son had been found.

“You can’t tell someone, after waiting 31 years, over the telephone or FaceTime, ‘Hey listen, I found your son,’ ” Davis said. “You gotta be there.”

Davis was there, too, when Mann-Lewis laid eyes on her son for the first time in more than three decades, travelling with her and Pick to meet Jermaine less than 48 hours after she was told he had been found.

Declaring himself as “not a really emotional-type guy” — “I have my feelings and stuff, but I don’t display them as much as other people maybe do” — Davis nonetheless said the reunion was remarkable.

As they pulled up to the address, he spotted Jermaine sitting on the porch and observed his face, which mirrored the look he’d seen on his mother’s face for two days. There was no doubt they were related.

“Their eyes are so close, and your eyes tell you a lot about a person,” Davis said.

Estimating he’s played a hand in more that 100 reunions between parents and missing children, Davis says helping solve Jermaine’s disappearance holds special significance. That’s in part, he says, because “Lyneth was special.” Like all parents he’s met through his work, she was engaged and dedicated.

What distinguishes her is that her energy never faded after all the years her son was missing.

“Whenever you talked to her you could tell that she was still persistent and passionate about getting her son back,” he said.

Wendy Gillis is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and policing. Reach her by email at or follow her on Twitter: @wendygillis



Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

So what caused an Ontario Father to abduct his child in the absence of and in this case contrary to a court order?

Quite possibly it is because Ontario Courts do not deliver justice to fathers. Every day of the week somewhere in Ontario, a mother abducts a child without a court order, to deprive a child of a relationship with their father and often it is for ever or until the child seeks out their father.

Ontario Judges are a collection of male hating vermin who spend their entire careers criminalizing and or enslaving men to prevent children from having relationships with their father.

While the Ontario Courts continue to engage in their criminal terrorist and fascist policies, fathers will never have any hope of any success in Ontario Courts.

Most of the Family Court Judges in Ontario are former lawyers for the one of the world's largest criminal cartels, the Children's Aid Societies of Ontario. It is extremely rare to find an honest ethical lawyer who has worked for this Criminal Cartel.

When women abduct children, especially without a court order, its considered normal.

If a father did the same thing, the police react by fabricating charges against him.

Any allegation by a father of violence or abuse is treated with heresy.

You won't find "retired police officers" working after retirement assisting fathers who have had their children abducted.

If you want to meet the Rotten cops who support criminal conduct by women then visit

the Ottawa Police headquarters where the lowest forms of life who abuse children and literally abduct children from male victims of domestic violence and hand them , knowingly to extremely violent mothers who they know will continue their abuse.


Here are some examples of Criminals wearing Police Uniforms.


Constable Van T NGUYEN Badge No. 952

This corrupt evidence fabricating rotten cop visited a very violent female

while on  duty with out any reason months after he fabricated evidence to

NOT charge her.

NGUYEN colluded with two other  Rotten cops of the Ottawa Police.

Cst.  SAMUAL W. SMITH  Badge No. 880  and  Former Det Now Sgt. Peter Van Der Zander.

Van Der Zander. was promoted AFTER the Ottawa Police knew he fabricated evidence, as did several of the Crown Attorneys  of Ottawa and the Local Children's Aid Society who all colluded in have charges stayed and charges laid to suit their political reasons to protect Van Der Zander,   Constable Van T NGUYEN Badge No. 952

and Cst.  SAMUAL W. SMITH  from charges of Obstructing Justice and fabricating evidence. 

Everyone in Ottawa should take a careful note of the names of these Rotten Ottawa Cops.


 Det Sgt.  Peter Van Der Zander.




Take a good look at this creep who actually fabricates evidence

to NOT charge violent women.


His unpublished number ends up in the hands of those seeking

a favour. In return, he intimidates, harasses, fabricates evidence and brings discredit to

all the other Ottawa Police officers who have more ethics.


If you have been a victim of any of these officers please email