05/17/2014 05:53 EDT | Updated 07/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Police appeal for help in search for 13-year-old Toronto boy

Toronto police are appealing to the public for help in finding a 13-year-old boy.

Samir Abdinassir was last seen near the intersection of Dixon Road and Kipling Avenue on Friday afternoon around 3 p.m. ET wearing a striped grey shirt, black pants and carrying a black backpack.

Police carried out an extensive canvass of the area last night and this morning, but have thus far failed to find any signs of the teen. It is the first time he has gone missing, police told CBC News.

Abdinassir is described as black, five feet six inches tall, with short black hair and brown eyes.

Police said they are concerned for his safety and are asking anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-2300, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS, or online at