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Abbotsford police update: massive search yields no sign of little girl

10/02/2014 01:30 EDT | Updated 12/02/2014 05:59 EST
Police in Abbotsford, B.C., say a massive response to the report of a possible abduction on Tuesday night has failed to turn up any sign of a little girl seen being carried by a man into a wooded area.

Constable Ian MacDonald says police spent the day reviewing recordings from security cameras in the area of McCallum Road. and Enterprise Ave. where a motorist reported seeing the man and girl. MacDonald says so far, investigators have not found any images of the pair.

"I wish we could say we have a definitive answer. This remains a very active investigation," MacDonald said in an interview Thursday morning.

Police are still operating under the theory the girl was with a parent or guardian, but say they are compelled to follow up every lead. MacDonald says a police helicopter was used to search the area Wednesday, and officers accounted for every child enrolled in an Abbotsford elementary school — public and private.

"Once you add search and rescue volunteers as well as support staff here in the police department, you are probably talking about 60 people who have touched this file so far," he said.

Police still have more security recordings to view, but MacDonald says their best hope is for the man spotted with the girl to come forward, and clear up what exactly happened.

"We will continue to be on it until we can get some answers," MacDonald said.

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