Police to continue search for Ariel Kouakou on land

Montreal police have stopped searching a north-end river for a 10-year-old boy who went missing more than three weeks ago, but will keep looking for Ariel Kouakou on land.

Ariel's father, Frederic, says he's relieved police will no longer search the river, saying he never believed the police theory that his son fell into the water, believing instead that his son was abducted.

Inspector Ian Lafreniere says melting ice along the river is making the currents stronger and a water search too dangerous.

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

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