Montreal police launch Amber Alert for missing 10-year-old boy

Montreal police launch Amber Alert for missing 10-year-old boy
From CBC - March 13, 2018

In a rare move, Montreal police have issued an Amber Alert for a 10-year-old boy who has been missing for more than a day even though they do not know whether he's been abducted.

Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou has not been seen since he left his home in the working classAhuntsic-Cartiervilleneighbourhood in the city's north end around noon Monday to meet a friend.

'Wehave reason to believe that his health is compromised.' Const. LaurentGingras, Montreal police

"It's an exceptional measure," said Montreal police spokespersonConst. LaurentGingras. "Usuallywe would issue an Amber Alert only in circumstances where a criminal act has been committed where forexamplewe have a description of a kidnapper or a description of agetawaycar.

"In thiscasewehave reason to believe that his health is compromised because it's been 24 hours, he's a 10-year-old boy in fourth gradeand it's winter."

Gingrassaid the boy has no history of running away or not checking in with his parents.

'He's missed his calls since yesterday.' FrdricKouakou, Ariel's father

FrdricKouakou, the boy's father,repeated that he believes his child will be found before becoming overwhelmed with emotion.

"I am devastated," Kouakou said. "But at the same time, I have confidence in the Montreal police."

The alert is only in effect within the province of Quebec for the time being. Amber Alerts are usually issued only when a child has gone missing, is believed to have been abducted and be in danger, and when police have information that might help locate them. This is the first time the Montreal police have issued an alert without meeting those conditions.

Arielis four feet six inches tall and weighs 88 pounds. He has dark hair and dark eyes.

Ariel speaks French and was last seen wearing a black coat with a hood, grey pants and yellow shoes.

Right move


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