09/09/2011 06:53 EDT | Updated 11/09/2011 05:12 EST

Amber Alert false alarm on ferry from Vancouver, no sign of missing B.C. boy

VICTORIA - A public tip that saw police search a passenger ferry in B.C. as they investigate the disappearance of three-year-old Kienan Hebert has turned out to be a false alarm.

BC Ferries officials say the vessel left Vancouver for Victoria at 2 p.m. when the crew received a call from Delta Police, requesting the ship return to its Vancouver-area terminal at Tsawwassen.

BC Ferries spokesman Mark Stefanson says the call was in connection with the Amber Alert, which was issued Wednesday after the boy vanished from his home in Sparwood.

Stefanson says the Coastal Celebration ferry returned to the Tsawwassen terminal, where police officers searched the vessel but did not find the boy, suspect Randall Hopley or Hopley's vehicle.

Police are looking for the boy and 46-year-old Hopley, a Sparwood resident who is a convicted sex offender.