Montreal police end water search for 10-year-old Ariel Kouakou

Police have decided to stop searching the frigid waters along Montreal's north shore for a 10-year-old boy who went missing three weeks ago.

Insp. Ian Lafreniere says Montreal police will continue land searches and are still encouraging the public to come forward with any information on the whereabouts of Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou.

Lafreniere says melting ice along the Riviere des Prairies is contributing to stronger currents and making the water search too dangerous.

Police continue to believe the boy accidentally fell into the river because they claim a credible witness put Kouakou near the water before he went missing and there are no images of him leaving the area.

The boy's father refuses to believe his son fell into the water and maintains his son was abducted.

Lafreniere says investigators are not ruling out foul play and adds police have questioned about 40 people in connection with Kouakou's disappearance on March 12, when he left his house to visit a friend and never returned home.