The Lost Boys

On a cold night in March 1995, six teenage boys from Pickering, Ontario, disappeared on Lake Ontario.  As days turned into weeks, the six became known as the lost boys.  The mystery surrounding their disappearance has never been solved and the lost boys have never been found.

On the night of March 16, 1995, about 50 teens went to a party in a basement apartment in Pickering.  Shortly after midnight five boys at the party told their friends and girlfriends they were heading down to Frenchman’s bay.  They were never seen again.

Frenchman's bay
Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering, Ontario

After Jay Boyle, Michael Cummins, Jamie Lefebvre and Robbie Rumboldt, all 17 years old, along with 18 year old Chad Smith left the party they picked up 16 year old Danny Higgins. Then they all headed down to the marina for a little adventure.


Police surmised that the boys had gone joyriding in the frigid waters of Lake Ontario After stealing a water tricycle and a four metre imitation Boston Whaler.  They believe the boys either fell overboard or the boat took on water and sunk.  All six were presumed drowned.

A private investigator working free for one of the boys families has many questions about the case including why neither vessel was ever found and why not a single trace of the boys was discovered.  He wants Durham Regional Police to take a new look at the cold case.


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  1. Kirk
    February 20, 2019

    I know sounds crazy but being absolutely no trace of water craft or there cloths or body’s. There were more then likely abducted

    • March 10, 2019

      you think 6 17 and 18 year old males were “abducted”? by whom? thats so unlikely.

  2. Tanya
    February 24, 2019

    Such a shame for the family’s, to not know anything..😢

  3. Rebecca Golde
    March 24, 2019

    Is there a transcript of this podcast? If so, can you please forward to email provided. Thanks.

  4. Maureen Trask
    June 1, 2019

    Why are these 6 boys cases not on the national Canada’s Missing public site? This is a longer term case that needs more awareness and appeal for information or tips. Perhaps Police will do this for these families to help find their missing loved ones.

  5. Tom
    June 29, 2019

    It seems to me that the only reasonable location where a boat and six boys could go missing in good weather is located just 50 miles from Pickering. If they were ballsy enough to steal a motor boat and go out onto Lake Ontario at night they probably had the bright idea to go up the Niagara River to see the falls. They would have had enough horse power to make it to the Niagara Whirlpool. Past that they would have capsized while trying to turn around. The boat, and their bodies, are probably at the bottom of the whirlpool. Someone needs to survey the bottom with a magnetometer to locate motor wreckage. I bet there’s more then one boat in there.

    • Monique
      March 28, 2020

      Do you think the boys would of been dressed warm enuf to take a ride all the way to Niagara falls? Boys that age are not thinking about coming all this way here to NF. Have seen the whirlpool? No way a small boat like that could make it up the rapids. Hundreds of people who have jumped the falls over the years go thru Niagara River and out into lake Ontario . Most are not found.

  6. Tom
    February 14, 2020

    Ok for one thing the hit cycle thing they took would never sink those wheels on it would keep it floating no matter how big the waves are donit shoulda been found thats just common scence

    • Lee
      March 21, 2020

      If they attached it to the boat like you do with those inflatable towables, then the boat sank.. it would take it down with it. Thinking like a teenager…that’s what I would do.

  7. April
    March 20, 2020

    I agree! Search! There is no way 6 teens went missing and not so much as a clue as to where they went!

  8. Dan McInall
    March 20, 2020

    One theory is that they got to close to the water suction intake for the Pickering Nuclear plant, I’ve driven over it in a boat, it is very powerful. Either Way my thoughts go out to all of the families.

  9. Maureen Trask
    March 20, 2020

    March 17, 2020 marks 25 years since these 6 boys went missing, vanished, disappeared. It’s time for immediate public awareness, media attention and renewed Police investigation. Someone, somewhere knows something. Their families deserve answers.

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