Residents search for boy after SQ calls off hunt

The Surete du Quebec – ever endearing themselves to Townships’ communities – have decided to call off their search for a missing 4-year-old boy. I would chalk this up to further proof of provincial police incompetence, but I suspect this time the SQ is justified, and knows something it’s not giving up just yet. This all sounds a little too perfect:

MONTREAL – Sûreté du Québec officials may have called off the search for 4-year-old Nicolas Pineault, but the residents of Ste. Clotilde de Horton are not giving up hope just yet.

A number of volunteers from the village of 1,700 residents continued to comb the waters and banks of the Nicolet River on Saturday, hoping to uncover some clue as to what might have happened to Nicolas after he vanished from the yard of his family’s home on Lemire Rd. about 3 p.m. Wednesday. One of his parents had left him for a few moments, and returned to find the boy was gone, police said.

The preschooler’s tuque was found Friday about four kilometres from the home, but SQ divers and ground search crews found no other sign of him, and called off their search around 7 p.m. Friday night.

“The divers have done all they could do with the information we had,” Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Ann Mathieu said late Friday. “The search will remain suspended until there is some element or new information that will give us some indication” of how to continue.

The hat found Friday belongs to the missing boy’s brother, police said, but Nicolas was wearing it when he vanished. The parents have confirmed that it is definitely the hat Nicolas was wearing.

Nicolas was last seen wearing a blue coat with a yellow hood, green pants, and yellow rubber boots, along with the tuque. He is white, with brown hair and brown eyes.

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Trois jours après sa disparition, le petit Nicolas Pineault demeure introuvable. Hier soir, la Sûreté du Québec a pris la décision de suspendre ses recherches tant terrestres que sur la rivière Nicolet.
Au dire de Richard Gagné, porte-parole de la SQ, les recherches sont suspendues, à moins d’éléments nouveaux.

Hier après-midi, la famille et les chercheurs ont eu une lueur d’espoir alors que la tuque du bambin a été retrouvée accrochée à une pointe de terre sur le bord de la rivière.

Nicolas Pineault, 4 ans et demi, jouait à l’extérieur, mercredi après-midi, lorsqu’il a échappé à l’attention de ses parents.

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