Several items, which the police said belong to 12-year-old Kernisha Ettiene, who was abducted by Kian Alexander, have been found in the Warner area.
Police Chief Daniel Carbon told press briefing on Thursday morning that the items were found during searches by the police and volunteers.
“During the searches some items to include a belt, one side of a pair of slipper, one night gown and a teddy bear believed to be that of Kernisha Ettiene were recovered in the Warner area and collected by the police,” he said.
He said all items will be used as evidence.
“We have it in custody as exhibit, we believe it’s Kernisha’s items and we have it in custody to use as evidence,” he stated.
According to Carbon, at total of 65 police officers, four officers from the Custom and Excise Division, six officers from the Fire and Ambulance Services have been deployed to conduct the search for Ettiene.
“A command center was established in the community of Warner to coordinate the extensive search which is ongoing,” he stated. “Dr Fevrier Drigo and a medical team of six are assisting at the command center. Searches are ongoing on Warner, Springfield, Layou Park, Belfast, Belles, Syndicate, Sylvania Sulton and sourrounding areas.”
According to Carbon, during the searches, the police have been using drones and a helicopter which was provided by the French government on Wednesday afternoon.
Additionally, he said the police have been receiving support from various government agencies, private sector and members of the public and he is thankful for that.
“The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force continues to solicit your support,” he remarked. “Any information as to the whereabouts of the suspect and Kernisha Ettiene should be forwarded to the police immediately.”
He said the suspect, Kian Alexander should be considered armed and dangerous who has been terrorizing the community of Belles for the past two weeks.
He described the entire matter as “tragic” and everything will be done to rescue Ettiene and capture Alexander.