A month after Ariel Kouakou's disappearance, father calls for creation of special police unit
A month after his son first went missing, Kouadio Frederic Kouakou tearfully pled for Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante to give more resources to the search for the 10-year-old boy on Thursday.
The elder Kouakou met the media Thursday, saying it's been “30 long days, 30 long nights” for his family and said he is still determined to find his son.
He also called for Montreal police to create a dedicated unit to handle missing children investigations.
Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou first went missing on March 12 after leaving his home to visit a friend. Since then, police have gone door-to-door in the area, sent boats and divers into the Riviere-des-Prairies and gone through hundreds of tips. In addition, volunteers have repeatedly searched Bateliers Park, a park just a few blocks away from the Kouakou's family home in Cartierville.
Montreal police have said they believe Kouakou fell into the river, while Kouakou’s family have maintained their belief the boy was abducted.
Kouakou was joined by Michel Suprenant, whose 16-year-old daughter Julie disappeared in 1999. Suprenant said it’s important to keep the story in the public eye, as once the media move on, the families are left alone and helpless.
Missing Children’s Network director Pina Arcamone was also present and said that whenever the media mentions a disappearance, police receive calls offering information.
-CJAD 800's Richard Deschamps contributed to this report.