One week after her disappearance, police have issued an emergency alert for a missing 14-year-old girl in Nova Scotia. Mary (Molly) Martin was last seen on August 13 at around 4 p.m. Officials believe she is with a 47-year-old male.
On Thursday, August 20, Nova Scotia police provided an update on the whereabouts of Martin, who disappeared from Eskasoni last week.
The statement confirmed that a localized emergency alert had been issued to residents in the Cape Breton area, urging them to be on the lookout for her.
Officials believe the teenager is with Darcy Doyle. CTV News reports that Doyle is known to the girl, but the RCMP is yet to confirm their relationship.
The latest update from police revealed that Martin and Doyle were in the area of Canoe Lake in Southeast Cape Breton on Wednesday evening.
They are thought to be using a green ATV.
On Thursday, the RCMP confirmed that they had joined with the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry to conduct helicopter searches.
The Cape Breton Regional Police Dog Service is also now involved in the search.
Nova Scotia RCMP has faced a number of questions from the public about their delay in issuing an emergency alert and has also been asked why an Amber Alert has not been shared.
A petition was started online, urging police to issue an Amber Alert for the missing teenager.
On Thursday morning, it had over 13,000 signatures.
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RCMP Cpl. Lisa Croteau told Global News that a person must be abducted for an Amber Alert to be issued.
“For us to be able to say the person was abducted, they have to be under the age of 14, it does not matter on consent. Between the ages of 14 and 16, we have to prove the person went unwillingly,” Croteau explained.
Martin is described as Indigenous, 5'1" in height, with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a rose tattoo on her left forearm.
Doyle is 6 foot tall, approximately 190 pounds and has long black hair, a full beard and a moustache.
Anybody with information is urged to contact the police immediately.