Parents want changes to missing child alerts after five-year-old son’s disappearance

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The parents of missing child Dylan Ehler are calling for a new emergency alert system to be created if young children are missing.

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Three-year-old Dylan has been missing for more than a year after she disappeared from her grandmother’s Nova Scotia backyard in May 2020 when she was inaccessible for what she says.

The only traces found so far were the child’s rubber boots, which were found submerged in a creek near her grandmother’s house six hours after her grandmother was reported missing.


Dylan’s parents, Ashley Brown and Jason Ehler, say the police response was not adequate and that valuable time was wasted in search efforts.

A petition that has garnered nearly 2,500 signatures said that True Police Service is “wrongly handling the investigation of a missing child.”

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According to CTV NewsThere was a delay of 2 hours and 21 minutes between the initial 911 call to True Police reporting Dylan’s disappearance and the full deployment of search and rescue teams, while a “non-intrusive public alert” was not issued until three hours and eight minutes later. it was done.

Neither a public alert nor a search and rescue operation could be activated until authorized by True Police.

Truro Police Chief Dave McNeil said the case was thoroughly investigated, including the possible crime. “We are very confident in our investigation. It was very thorough. No stone was left unturned.” he said.

Dylan’s mother, Ashley Brown, also says that police focused only on the theory that Dylan fell overboard and was swept away at sea.

“They never treated Dylan’s case like a criminal investigation. They just treated it like a search and rescue. I know they didn’t close any roads. They asked the public to come to the crime scene in that area.” that he had gone missing and it was too late for them to issue an alert and get help. So I think Tunnel Vision had a play in that. Once they found the shoes and that was it, there it was Gaya and essentially the police tell us that we need to accept it and move on,” she said.

petition Called for setting up of a new emergency alert system to avoid delays in future cases.

Called the Ehler Alert, it would enable “the rapid distribution of information to the public about young children lost in potentially hazardous environments,” the petition said.

It continues: “We believe that these circumstances should require immediate public notification. When a child goes missing, the importance of the timing and sometimes the safe recovery of that child in search and rescue efforts.” It takes a significant amount of time.

As time passes and there is no more evidence of what happened to Dylan, his father continues to organize volunteer searches for his son.

He said: “When I’m looking for him, that’s when I feel at peace, I can breathe. When I’m not, I can’t breathe…. I have to find him somehow. I’ll never I am not going to stop because she is my only child. She is my everything.”

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