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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Charlottetown Police Providers has served warrants to a cellphone supplier and a social media platform to assemble extra details about the disappearance of Summer time Kneebone, who was final seen within the metropolis on Aug. 7.
Det.-Sgt. Darren MacDougall stated the warrants had been issued to Telus and Meta, which owns Fb and Instagram, beneath the newly enacted Lacking Individuals Act, which got here into impact on Sept. 9.
The warrants give the corporate seven days to provide the info.
“For the reason that introduction of the Lacking Individuals Act, we execute it to warrants, utilizing that act as a mechanism to acquire the warrants,” MacDougall instructed SaltWire in an interview Sept. 11.
“On the finish of the day, our aim right here is simply discover Summer time. So, you recognize, the info that we’re accumulating right here, notably from Telus, the usefulness for us would hopefully be to establish a search location.”
So as to acquire these warrants, the police utilized to a newly appointed justice of the peace, who then issued the warrants, permitting the Charlottetown police to request information from the 2 firms, MacDougall stated.
“The act itself is enabling us to get information that would transfer this ahead. And within the absence of the act, we do not have the flexibility to gather this information. So, it is clearly essential to have this,” he stated.
“I do not know what information we’re accumulating but, so it is onerous to talk to that proper now, its usefulness or the place it is what route it is pointing. However I can say that we progress this case within the absence of it. And we’ll establish the worth of the info and paperwork we obtain once we do, we’ll make an evaluation then.”
Native council annoyed
Earlier than the Lacking Individuals Act took impact, the Native Council of P.E.I. organized a floor search on Sept. 5 in Mount Stewart and Pisquid in hopes of discovering any leads associated to Kneebone.
Lisa Cooper, president and chief of the council, instructed SaltWire throughout the floor search that the act ought to’ve been applied earlier.
“If that was already in place, that would have helped triggered lots of issues already,” she stated. “There’s a lot info now that would have been gotten earlier if we had one thing like that.”
However Cooper acknowledged the work the Charlottetown police have been doing within the absence of the act.
“They’re nonetheless 1000’s of videotapes, they usually’ve carried out the best factor. They’re asking for shops and people and folks, like, I’ve a dashcam, if I knew that I had her on that date, sharing that info. So, I feel the police is doing the perfect they will.”
Individual of curiosity
Final week, Charlottetown Police recognized an individual of curiosity within the case.
MacDougall stated video proof revealed Kneebone obtained right into a automobile as a passenger close to the Oak Tree Liquor Retailer in Charlottetown and that the automobile’s proprietor dropped her off downtown round 8 p.m. on the identical day.
Police recognized and interviewed the proprietor and are presently reviewing proof to substantiate the person’s assertion.
“That piece of the investigation remains to be ongoing,” he stated.
In keeping with the Charlottetown Police Providers’ web site, the 27-year-old girl is described as standing 5 toes tall and weighing round 120 kilos with brown hair and blue eyes. She was final seen sporting a denim jacket, denims and black sneakers.
Anybody with info associated to this case is requested to contact Charlottetown Police Providers at 902-629-4172.
Thinh Nguyen is a reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He may be reached by e mail at [email protected] and adopted on X @thinhnguyen4291.