Search for missing 3-year-old enters third full day

3-year-old Dylan Ehler, was last seen near Queen and Elizabeth St. in Truro, N.S.

The search for 3-year-old Dylan Ehler, who went missing from on Wednesday afternoon in Truro, enters its third full day on Saturday.

In an update at 6:00 p.m. Friday, the Truro Police Service says Colchester Ground Search and Rescue had their equipment setup in the Timbits Soccer Field on Marshland Drive at Park Street as of 5:00 p.m.

Police added the search would be continuing along the shoreline of the Salmon River over the weekend.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Truro Police Chief Dave MacNeil said work had concluded around the original site, with the search area expanded further down the Salmon River to include the area that included the mouth of the Cobequid Bay.

He added the effort, which moved from search to recovery on Thursday evening, would continue until all avenues to locate Dylan had been exhausted.

The Chief told reporters Thursday officers responded to the area of Elizabeth and Queen Streets around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.

MacNeil says the 3-year-old had been playing outside his grandmother's home when she became briefly distracted, less than a minute with something involving a dog, and when she turned around Dylan was gone.

Officers were on site within four minutes of the initial contact and a canvass of the area was implemented with the assistance of the K9 Unit, which was followed by an urban search that included Colchester Ground Search and Rescue, CN Police and a helicopter.

A non-intrusive alert was issued in the area by the Emergency Management Office (EMO) instead of an Amber Alert as foul play was not suspected.

Police say one of Dylan's boots was found in Lepper Brook at 7:20 p.m., with another located near where the brook empties into the Salmon River shortly before 9:00 p.m.

The air and ground searches continued down the length of the river Wednesday night, and firefighters could be seen searching through chest-high water.

Halifax Ground Search and Rescue relieved the Colchester team around 3:00 a.m. Thursday and the Department of Natural Resources helicopter was redeployed later Thursday morning, with a drone also used.

The Provincial Dive Team joined the search Thursday morning, with personnel working up and down both Lepper Brook and the Salmon River.

Chief MacNeil says more than 60 people have been involved in the operation to find Dylan.

The Truro Police Service says Dylan was last seen wearing a dark green jacket with patches and a fur hood, camo pants, and bright blue rubber boots, while the EMO alert states he has brown hair and rosy cheeks with a green left eye and a blue right eye.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Truro Police Service at 902-895-5351.

(With files from Bell Media's James Faulkner)