UPDATE: 12:03 p.m. Oct. 17 – PICTOU LANDING – The main focus of Monday’s search for missing teen Amber Kirwan is the wooded area around her home, says Const. Ken MacDonald with New Glasgow Police Services.
Search and Rescue teams have completed the search of the Heathbell area and are now focusing their efforts in Pictou Landing.
MacDonald says there’s “not much I can divulge” about the outcome of the search in Heathbell.
Search and Rescue teams from Halifax, Colchester and Spring Hill are joining Pictou County Volunteer Ground Search and Rescue to search the area.
UPDATE: 8:51 a.m. Oct. 17 – NEW GLASGOW – Four Search and Rescue teams from around Nova Scotia will continue to search for Amber Kirwan today.
Teams from Pictou County will be joined by their counterparts in Halifax, Springhill and Colchester County. Currently, they are finishing a search near the Big Gut Bridge in Pictou Landing but other wooded and water areas of interest at various locations through the county will be searches.
Police are still urging people not to draw any conclusions when they notice police conducting searches throughout Pictou County, says Const. Ken MacDonald with New Glasgow Police Services.
Police also want to reinforce that information in relation to this case will be updated by police through police information press releases and not through social media sites.
Today, police investigation will also focus on following-up on tips and information and collecting possible items of interest provided by the public.
NEW GLASGOW – The search for Amber Kirwan intensified as police focused in on two locations in the county this past weekend.
New Glasgow Police Services, which is now integrated its investigation with the RCMP, along with ground search and rescue teams, were set up at the Heathbell Road near Lyons Brook and Hidden Cove Road, Pictou Landing to conduct searches for evidence related to the 19-year-old missing woman’s case.
“Right now, there are search areas throughout the county and this is one of them,” Const. Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Police Service said Sunday afternoon in Heathbell. “The area of the Big Gut Bridge in Pictou Landing is another one. It’s basically that someone calls in information in the form of a tip and the information maybe that they’ve spotted some clothing in some areas. Just like anything else, police have to check that out and confirm if anything is in relation to the case. That hasn’t been confirmed in any of the sites so far.”
Kirwan has been missing since Oct. 9th when she had left Doolys about 1:30 a.m. and started walking towards Big Al’s Convenience Store by herself to meet her boyfriend, Mason Campbell. However, Campbell says when he got there a short time later, she was nowhere to be found.
Police K-9 services were spotted at Heathbell Road Saturday searching in a wooded area that is known for its ATV trails. Pictou County ground search and rescue volunteers were at Heathbell Road early Sunday morning conducting an evidentiary search and they remained there throughout the day. An RCMP helicopter flew over both Heathbell and Pictou Landing many throughout the weekend.
In Pictou Landing, a command centre was set up on Hidden Cove Road, which is near Big Gut Bridge. RCMP divers were in the waters near the bridge while ground search and rescue teams were walking the shoreline and wooded area looking for evidence related to Kirwan’s case. The search was expected to end for the day at dusk.
MacDonald said both searches cover a large area and it takes time to do a “systematic investigation and search.”
The police officer cautioned the public about drawing conclusions about the case from the search sites. “As has been the case during the week, investigators continue to conduct searches of wooded areas and water areas at various locations throughout Pictou County. Police urge the public not to draw any conclusions when they notice police conducting searches throughout Pictou County,” MacDonald said.