NORTH PRESTON, N.S. — The search for a missing 10-year-old boy continued outside Halifax Wednesday afternoon, with searchers looking from the ground, the air and along the shoreline of a local lake.
Nova Scotia RCMP were joined in the search for Ashayo Johnson by an integrated division that includes Halifax police officers. They were being assisted by a Department of Natural Resources helicopter, civilian ground search and rescue crews and police dogs.
Cpl. Lisa Croteau of the Halifax District RCMP said in an interview authorities are putting out a call for CCTV and dashboard camera footage of the Downey Road area in North Preston, N.S., from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, around the time Ashayo was last seen.
Sgt. Dave Legge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division said in a statement authorities were working closely with the family as part of the search.
“I want to thank ground search and rescue crews for being exceptional partners in the search for Ashayo, and the community of North Preston for their full cooperation and support,” he added.
Croteau said previously there was no evidence to suggest Ashayo had been abducted.
The RCMP issued a news release about his disappearance about six hours before sending out an emergency alert Wednesday morning. The police force said in a tweet the alert was sent across the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Hants area because of Ashayo’s age and the weather conditions.
Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning in the Halifax area earlier on Wednesday, forecasting up to 75 millimetres of rain.
Ashayo is described as Black, four feet tall, 75 pounds with dark hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue puffy jacket with black sweat pants and light blue sneakers.
Saint Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston posted on Facebook that it would open as a safe space for children in the community and invited therapists and others able to provide support.
“Please continue to keep Ashayo Johnson and his family in your prayers. Pray for his safe return home,” the message said.
Police asked anyone with information on Ashayo’s whereabouts to contact them. People who do not live or work in the North Preston were asked to avoid the area.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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