The Port Alberni RCMP are now calling the death of an unidentified six-year-old boy two weeks ago suspicious.
And they are asking for information from the public to move the investigation forward.
Details have been scarce since the boy died in a Port Alberni home on March 13, but a news release issued Wednesday morning says police consider the child’s death suspicious and the investigation is ongoing.
“We are imploring anyone who has any information about this tragic death or who’ve since learned anything that may help investigators, to do the right thing and come forward,” said Cpl. Amelia Hayden.
“We recognize that the death of a child is very traumatic for family, friends, first responders and the larger community. To respect the integrity of the investigation going forward, there will be no further release of information.”
The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) released a statement in response on Wednesday. The release says that the NTC is working in close communication with the Port Alberni RCMP and encourages anyone with information to come forward to help with the investigation.
“Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the families and community members during this challenging time,” the release stated. “We once again ask the public and media to respect the family’s wishes for privacy as they grieve and process the loss of their loved one.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Carroll at 250-723-2424 or Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).