Emile S., a 2-year-old boy, disappeared in Haut Vernet (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) and is still wanted on Monday July 10. An investigation is open, but no lead is yet privileged.
The day after the disappearance of young Emile S., a report was issued and distributed by the gendarmerie with a photo of the little boy. 2 years old, the blonde child with brown eyes is 90 cm tall, he wears a yellow top, white shorts and hiking shoes.
The gendarmerie invites all people who have been able to see the boy in the Vernet sector or who have crossed the area to go to Barcelonnette or Ubaye or "go down to Nice, Grasse, Draguignan or Aix-en-Provence" informed the investigators at 04.92.36.73.00.
The child escaped the vigilance of his grandparents and was seen by two witnesses "leaving his grandparents' place of residence" in a "downhill street". Emile S. is described by his family as a "very good walker" for his age, but the terrain around his grandparents' home is "steep" with "dangerous areas where he could have slipped" according to the mayor of the city. municipality, François Balique, with franceinfo. "It would be surprising if he went as far as the cliff, but we haven't ruled out the hypothesis. It's the first fear we had, so it was raked yesterday. We found nothing", indicated Sunday evening the public prosecutor.
The searches took place on a "perimeter of 5 km" around the grandparents' house, said the public prosecutor, but on Monday the search area was extended according to the mayor of Vernet, François Balique. More than 30 gendarmes, around twenty firefighters and 11 dog teams, in particular from Saint-Hubert renowned for their sense of smell, were deployed within the search system. They are supported by helicopters and drones equipped with thermal cameras, according to the details of the prefect of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. With the participation of many volunteers in the search, more than 200 people were mobilized on Sunday to find Emile S.