Ten-year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou has been missing for over one week and Montreal police now say they believe he accidentally fell and drowned in the Rivière des Prairies.
In an interview with Radio-Canada, Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière said that Kouakou falling into the river was their “number one hypothesis.”
Kouakou was last seen on Monday, March 12, in des Bateliers Park after leaving his home in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville area to see a friend.
According to Lafrenière, Kouakou was last seen by a woman at the park at approximately 11:25 am on March 12.
On Monday and Tuesday authorities searched Rivière des Prairies for Kouakou but found no trace of the boy.
#Missing Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou: the #SPVM puts an end to the AMBER Alert. We are in the investigative mode and the research continues. We ask the population to stay vigilant and report any information regarding Ariel to 911. Thank you for your help.https://t.co/N30PTYb4bo
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) March 14, 2018
A $100,000 reward is also being offered for new and valuable information on the whereabouts of Kouakou. Kouakou’s parents initially offered $10,000, but over the last few days, Montrealers have been donating to increase the amount.
Anyone with information regarding Kouakou’s whereabouts is asked to contact 911 or their local police station immediately.
The young boy is described as black, 137 cm (4′ 6″) – 142 cm (4′ 8″), and weighing 40 kg. He was last seen wearing grey pants, a black coat, and yellow shoes.