Published on October 12, 2011
Published on October 11, 2011
Duane Rutledge and Ekko of the New Glasgow Police Services K-9 unit search the former Tibbets Paints building on Glass Street. The unit is one of the many teams used in the search for 19-year-old Amber Kirwan who went missing Sunday morning from downtown New Glasgow.
UPDATE – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8:19 p.m. - Police say they have questioned Amber Kirwan's boyfriend about her disappearance, but that is just a typical part of an investigation like this..
New Glasgow Police Const. Ken MacDonald confirmed that they have talked to Mason Campbell, but said that is not out of the ordinary. He said in a missing person's case they always question those who are close to the suspect and those who last saw her to get as much information as they can.
Campbell said he has talked to police for about four hours.
"They have to get all my information and I need them to get all my information. That's why it is four hours of full out information," he said.
Campbell was supposed to meet Kirwan around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Big Al's but she never showed up.
He said he didn't want to drive all the way into town because his car inspection and insurance is up and he also isn't supposed to drive after midnight.
He said this isn't the first time that he and Kirwan have agreed to meet at a nearby location because of the same reasons.
Wednesday night Campbell took part in a riverside vigil for Kirwan.
"We're all going to hope and pray for her safe return," he said.
UPDATE – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2:52 p.m. – New Glasgow police spokesman Ken MacDonald confirms several items, including clothing, have been discovered during the search. These items are being sent to forensic experts to determine if any of them are related to the case.
UPDATE – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1:52 p.m. – New Glasgow Police officers remove a black object from a grassy area in New Glasgow. Police are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of Amber Kirwan who was last seen outside of Doolys at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
UPDATE – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 11:25 a.m. – Pictou county ground search and rescue crews were searching near the Trenton connector Wednesday for Amber Kirwan. The search has been expanded to a larger area today and includes having boats in the water.
UPDATE – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8:50 a.m. – The search for a missing Pictou County girl is expanding today.
Const. Ken MacDonald with New Glasgow Police says a command centre has been set up. Police will be joined today by ground search and rescue teams, the New Glasgow Fire Department and other local police agencies.
“The search will expand its perimeter today,” said MacDonald.
NEW GLASGOW – New Glasgow Police searched vacant buildings on the outskirts of town limits Tuesday looking for a missing 19-year-old girl.
Const. Ken MacDonald said an extensive search of the area around Doolys on Archimedes Street in New Glasgow was conducted Monday by police, ground search and rescue, firefighters, Department of Natural Resources and volunteers for Amber Kirwan who was last seen outside of the bar around 1 a.m. Sunday.
He said this perimeter was extended further Tuesday with the assistance of New Glasgow’s K-9 unit.
“We expanded the perimeter and within that perimeter are some vacant buildings that had been subject to vandalism and subjected to being a youth hangout. We want to do a systematic search of these areas in question because it is still a missing person report,” he said.
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Kirwan’s disappearance has become widespread on Internet with Facebook pages and Twitter receiving many hits from people looking for information on the search. MacDonald said the public should be cautious when reading information on the Internet.
“Some of the information on Facebook may not be correct or credible,” he said. “We do have officers examining these views and if any one has any information they can contact New Glasgow police and if they want to give information anonymously they can contact Crime Stoppers.”
He said video tapes of local businesses in the area as well as homeowners have been viewed but as of Tuesday afternoon there no new leads in the case.
Maggie Chickness, who is currently going to school in Halifax, started a Facebook page, “Amber Kirwan Missing”, and is updating it on a regular basis.
She was one of the last few people to see Kirwan Sunday morning as she walked towards Big Al’s Convenience Store to meet her boyfriend, Mason Campbell.
“We were standing outside Doolys in a group and we were getting ready to leave and she said she was going to meet her boyfriend at Big Al’s,” Chickness said. “We told her we would walk up with her and get our cab from there but she said not to worry. She would be fine.”
Chickness said there was a large crowd standing outside the bar at the time and she never thought about her friend again until Campbell texted her and asked if she’d seen Kirwan.
“He said she never showed up at Big Al’s,” she explained.
Chickness said she figured that Kirwan went somewhere else but when Campbell contacted her again the next morning to say she never returned to their Pictou Landing home, she started to take the situation much more seriously.
Kirwan had been visiting with friends earlier in the evening before a group of them had moved onto Doolys, said Chickness and added Kirwan had forgotten to take her cell phone to the bar and only had one drink while was there.
“She was in a good mood. She was happy,” she said, adding this was only Kirwan’s second time at Doolys since she turned 19 in August.
Chickness said Kirwan works part-time at Proudfoot’s Home Hardware in New Glasgow and is taking some courses at the community college. She said her friend often talks of becoming a nurse.
She said she grew up in the Lourdes area and graduated from Northumberland Regional High School in 2010. She moved in with Campbell about four months ago. They had been dating for a couple of years.
Kirwan is 5’1” and weighs about 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black leggings with a black and blue shirt, dark sweater and black flats for shoes.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact New Glasgow Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).