Divers end icy search for missing Montreal boy

More than two weeks after his disappearance, police divers returned to the Rivière des Prairies on Wednesday as the search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou continues.

Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, 10, was last seen in des Bateliers Park on March 12

Police searched Rivière des Prairies for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou on Wednesday morning. Police believe he may have fallen into the river and drowned. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

More than two weeks after his disappearance, divers spent several hours in Rivière des Prairies as the search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou continues.

The divers ended their daylong operation around 4 p.m. on Wednesday and said the search would resume the next day.

The 10-year-old boy went missing March 12 after he left his home in Ahuntsic-Cartierville to meet a friend. He was last seen that day in des Bateliers Park, which borders the river.

Montreal police say they are considering all possible scenarios, but they believe that he may have fallen and drowned in the river.

Divers have searched the frigid waters separating Montreal and Laval several times without success. The nautical unit set out again briefly on Tuesday, but divers were hampered by thick ice.

Police officers, the boy's family and volunteers have also canvassed the neighbourhood,

Here are details about Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, who speaks French:

  • About four-foot-seven, weighs 88 pounds.
  • Dark hair and dark eyes.
  • Was last seen wearing a black coat with a hood, grey pants and yellow shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or visit the police command post set up outside Galeries Normandie.
Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou was reported missing Monday, March 12. (Radio-Canada)