The search for a two year old lost for two days in a mountainous area of south-eastern France It has not worked this Monday and will continue tomorrow, the authorities announced.
“We have not been able to locate the little one for now,” acknowledged the prefect of Alpes Haute Provence, Marc Chappuis, at a press conference on the progress of the operations.
Chappuis added that the raids ended for today and will continue tomorrow in a “more focused and selective” way.
The authorities deployed a hundred police officers and firefighters with sniffer dogs, as well as some 200 volunteers from the local population to try to locate the little boy. Emilewho disappeared on Saturday garden of his grandparents’ house.
“The family was preparing to leave the house to go on a hike. She took advantage of this fleeting moment [de falta de atención] to go,” he said. François Balique, mayor of Le Vernet, on French television. “His grandparents realized that he was no longer there when they went to put him in the car.”
The locals told Guardian that the boy, from the Bouches-du-Rhône department around Marseille, was spending the summer holidays with his grandparents in Haute Vernet, a village on a winding road from Le Vernet with a poblation of 25 people. The forest-lined valley is popular with hikers.
Those responsible for the search do not exclude any hypothesis, although they the child wander off on their own and get lost, or even possible kidnapping, but for now they have no indications to think of a criminal act.
“We do not have any elements that point to a criminal offense in the disappearance,” said the Digne-les-Bains prosecutor, Rémy Avon.
The last to see the little one were two people who they saw him walking down the street aloneand since then his track has faded.
The investigations have included searching nearby forests and fields around the small town of Haut Vernet (north of Nice), where just 25 people live, and in all the houses and buildings in the area.
(With information from EFE)
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