Amber Alert lifted for missing 10-year-old Montreal boy

Montreal police cancelled a Quebec-wide Amber Alert in the case of a missing 10-year-old boy late Tuesday, but the search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou was continuing.

Police said they made the decision to lift the alert at about 11 p.m. because the criteria to maintain it was no longer being met.

A statement posted on Twitter by police urged people to ``stay vigilant and report any information regarding Ariel to 911.''

The Amber Alert was initially issued despite the absence of the criteria usually required for one.

``Normally, for the triggering of an Amber Alert, there is the description of a kidnapper, the description of a vanishing vehicle, information that we do not have in this case,'' Sgt. Laurent Gingras said.

``But we do have the fact that, since it's 24 hours, since he's only 10 years old and since we don't have any historical reports of him missing and the fact it's winter and pretty cold, that's why investigators from the Montreal police decided to issue an Amber Alert.''