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Cops seek help for missing youth - Metro US

Cops seek help for missing youth

Ottawa police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 12-year-old runaway who has been missing for four days.

Iain Gardham, who will turn 13 in April, left his west-end school at lunchtime last Thursday and has not been seen since.

“There’s no indication of foul play or abduction,” said Sgt. Mark Houlds-worth of the Youth Intervention and Diversion Section.

“The working premise is still that he planned to run away,” Houldsworth said.

“There was a plan and some thought was put into it. He had some resources to assist him.”

The boy is described as white, five-foot-two, 105 pounds, with light brown shaggy hair below his ears, and hazel eyes.

He is believed to be wearing dark blue jeans, an orange winter jacket, and either grey winter boots or white-and-red Nike shoes.

“They are not sure which ones he would have on,” said Houldsworth “It’s one of those, where you go to school you may have the winter boots on, but no one noticed what he was wearing when he left.”

Houldsworth said police have had some possible sightings reported by members of the public, but nothing that has been confirmed.

He said that youth on the run tend to be transient, roaming all over the city, which makes it more difficult for police to find them.

“We don’t go to the media every day,” he said. Police usually deal with about 10 runaways at a time, who are generally older teenagers. However, this boy is so young that they’ve asked the public for help.

“He’s still 12.”

Anyone who has seen the boy should contact police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5355 or call Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.

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