March 6, 2022 4:59pm
Perth emergency services are asking the public to stay away as they search for a missing 10-year-old.
Thank you to everyone who has offered to assist with the search.
The time we are spending directing people away from the search area, takes away time from searching.
We need space to work without worrying about others on the river bank.
Please keep clear of the river. pic.twitter.com/b4NzEHz9RE
— PEFD WPFD (@PEFD_WPFD) March 6, 2022
Just before 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), West Perth Fire Department (WPFD), and Perth County Paramedic Services (EMS) responded to a report of a missing child who was last seen at the river outside of Mitchell.
Currently, the Stratford, St. Marys, and Huron Area Search and Rescue Swift Water Rescue teams, along with the OPP West Region Emergency Response Team, Canine Unit, Underwater Search and Rescue, and Aviation are searching for the child.
Police said that while a number of citizens have offered to help search, the area of the river is not safe, and could hinder the rescue efforts.
Updates will be provided as they are available.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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