[quote]Missing 13 Year old Located in Prince Rupert, British Columbia
The search for missing 13 year old Austin LARGE ended happily this morning after he was located alive and well in Port Edward, British Columbia - a small community 15 kilometers east of Prince Rupert.
Background: (Hamilton Police Services)
On September 22, 2008, the Hamilton Police Service commenced a missing person’s investigation after receiving information that Elias LARGE and his 13 year old autistic son, Austin had failed to return home from a fishing trip. Hamilton Police Service’s investigation revealed that Elias LARGE was suffering from stress related to the break up of his marriage and behaving abnormally prior to his departure. An AMBER Alert was issued for the boy and his father.
Shortly after 9am on Saturday, September 27th, 2008, an extremely perceptive citizen contacted Prince Rupert RCMP to report the whereabouts of Elias and AUSTIN LARGE. This citizen became suspicious of the two after having a conversation with them in the small community of Port Edward. Her intuition led her to a website containing the AMBER ALERT where she recognized the photographs posted as the father and son she had just previously spoken to. Recognizing the urgency of the situation she immediately called police and provided them with the vehicle’s description and direction of travel. Her quick response paid off less than twenty minutes later when police located the vehicle occupied by both Elias and AUSTIN LARGE.
Austin LARGE is presently with British Columbia’s Ministry for Children and Families who are making arrangements for his return home to Ontario. Elias LARGE has been detained by police and the Prince Rupert RCMP will continue to work in close partnership with Hamilton Police Services in this investigation.
The RCMP would like to commend the citizen responsible for locating Austin LARGE. This is a classic example of how concerned community members truly are the eyes and ears of the police. The return of Austin LARGE can be credited to the Amber Alert entry and the concern and resourcefulness of one individual who listened to her intuition and provided all of the necessary information to police. The information she provided is directly responsible for this happy outcome.[/quote]