Calgary, Alberta – Nine-year-old Arika KAKAKAWAY was located safe this afternoon.
She was found at a residence in southwest Calgary after other people in the house notified us that she was there. Her motivation for not returning home and her connection to the people in the house is still unclear.
However, detectives who specialize in cases involving children are speaking to her to ensure she receives the supports she needs.
The search for Arika has involved a significant number of officers since she was reported missing last night. Officers from our General Investigations Unit, Child Abuse Unit, Missing Persons Team, Real Time Operations Centre, Mountain Bike Unit, Public Safety Unit, Diversity Resource Team, HAWCS helicopter and Patrol teams were all searching for her, around the clock.
Volunteers from the Bear Clan Patrol, an Indigenous community group who supports community safety, also joined our officers in the search this morning. We are aware of many others in the community who have been checking their neighbourhoods throughout the night and today.
“Days like this are hard on everyone involved in the search and we are so thankful that she is now safe,” said Inspector Cory Dayley, with the Calgary Police Service Real Time Operations Centre. “No nine-year-old child should be wandering around alone in the middle of the night, and we are glad that she has been found.”
“Seeing the community step up to help through this has been so encouraging and we are glad groups like the Bear Clan Patrol offered to join us,” added Insp. Dayley. “Calgary is still a very caring city and I am proud of how quickly people stepped up to help bring this girl home.”
Search teams had spent most of their day looking for clues to her whereabouts in Braeside and the surrounding communities. Investigative teams spent the day canvassing the Braeside neighbourhood for information and CCTV, and speaking to friends and family members to learn as much as they could about Arika.
The search was expanded late in the morning to include Fish Creek Park, North Glenmore Park and the area around Chinook Centre as more information was learned by investigators.
We would like to thank all Calgarians who shared Arika’s information and helped us look for her, as well as the media for helping to spread the news. We would not be able to do our jobs as effectively without the support of our community.
We also want to encourage all Calgarians to download the Missing Children Society of Canada’s MCSC rescu app. AMBER Alerts are only intended for children who have been abducted, but this app allows us to notify the community of any high-risk missing children cases in our city. It is a valuable resource for us and for our community.
To protect the privacy of Arika and her family, no further information on this case will be released.
Calgary, Alberta – (11:30 am Jun 4) We continue our search for nine-year-old Arika KAKAKAWAY today. While no evidence has been found at this point to suggest she has been harmed, she has also still not been located.
Officers from multiple units conducted searches in and around Braeside on an hourly basis throughout the night, including aerial searches by HAWCS helicopter. Investigators also worked through the night contacting people Arika knows, visiting places she is known to go and following up on tips from the public. Calgary Transit and taxi companies were also contacted to be on the lookout for her.
Today, resources from across the Service continue to investigate the case, follow up on tips and search the area for her.
No AMBER Alert has been issued for Arika as no evidence has been found that suggests she has been abducted. AMBER Alerts require that four criteria be met in order to ensure they are not overused, and abduction is one of the criteria. As we continue our investigation, we are constantly evaluating whether an AMBER Alert is appropriate and will issue one as soon as the criteria is met.
At this time, we continue to use media, social media and support from the Missing Children Society of Canada to ask the public for help locating her.
We would like to thank everyone who left their homes late last night to go look in the parks and areas around their neighbourhoods for Arika. Support like this from the public is what makes our city great, and we are thankful for your help.
Today, we are asking anyone in the Braeside area to check any CCTV camera footage between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. last night for any signs of Arika. Anyone with information on Arika’s whereabouts is still asked to contact us by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
While AMBER Alerts have very specific criteria for when they can be used, the Missing Children Society of Canada has created the MCSC rescu app for anyone who wishes to be notified of missing children in their area. We work with them regularly to send out information on high-risk missing children cases and encourage Calgarians to download the app to get these alerts.
More information on the search for Arika will be released as it becomes available.
Calgary Police Service
Calgary, Alberta – We are asking for the public’s help to locate a nine-year-old girl who went missing in the community of Braeside Thursday evening.
9-year-old Arika KAKAKAWAY was walking home from a friend’s house around 9 p.m., on Thursday, June 3, 2021. She was last seen walking along Brackenridge Road S.W., but never made it home. Officers have been searching the area but have not been able to locate her.
Arika is described as Indigenous, with a heavy build, shoulder-length dark brown hair that is buzz cut at the back, and brown eyes. She was wearing a pink and blue tie-dyed backpack, a blue sweater, blue jean shorts, and checkered pink and purple Vans shoes.
Anyone with information on Arika’s whereabouts is asked to contact the police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
Calgary Police Service
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