Requirement to change NS missing alarm system

TRURO, NS – Walking through the small bungalow in Truro, NS, there are signs of three-year-old Dylan Ehler everywhere; his job diagram on the wall, his drawings, his photographs. The battered little boy’s bedroom is still ready and waiting for him to come home.

Dylan disappeared almost without a trace from his grandmother’s backyard on May 6, 2020. Since then, every moment has been painful for his mother, Ashley Brown, and his father, Jason Ehler.

Jason points to a pile of wrapped presents in the living room and says, “These are all Dylan’s Christmas presents, birthday presents and my presents. I will not open a present again until he is found. Dylan is still missing. There is no God. I prayed so many times. There’s just nothing. “

Anyone who has ever lost sight of their child, even for just a fraction of a second, knows the horror that sets in. Jason and Ashley have been living with that unbearable feeling for the last 18 months. With tears streaming down her face, Ashley says, “We do not know if he was taken. We do not know if he drowned. We do not know if he is alive. We are just stuck in limbo.”

The only evidence ever found is Dylan’s rubber boots, discovered six hours after his disappearance, submerged in a stream behind his grandmother’s neighbor’s house.

Dylan Ehler disappeared on May 6, 2020Despite a six-day official search and hundreds of voluntary searches since then, no other piece of evidence has been found. In the absence of answers, conspiracy theories have taken hold. Dozens of online groups began popping up, with amateur speculators posting malicious rumors about his parents and grandmother. A memorial was destroyed in the belief that Dylan may have been buried there. Jason began to demand ransom.

“A guy sent a picture of … Dylan, but it was all photoshopped and looked like he had bruises on his face and stuff like that. And he wanted three Bitcoin. Another…. Said he had Dylan in the truck and that he would throw him out the window and drive 100 kilometers if I did not send him a few thousand dollars. “

The online bullying became so violent that Jason and Ashley consulted Halifax lawyer Allison Harris.

“Ashley talked about being afraid to go to the grocery store. I know some of their family members would [have] ‘baby killer’ shouted [at them] while walking on the road. “

Using Nova Scotia’s law against cyberbullying, Harris filed and won a court order to close a Facebook group with more than 17,000 followers.

Truro police have consistently maintained that there are no signs of unfair play; that the evidence points to the pelvis where the boots were found. Lepper Brook flows into the Salmon River, which flows into Fundy Bay, home to some of the highest tides in the world.

Dylan’s parents have been vocal about their anger over the way Truro police and search and rescue conducted their investigation in the critical early stages of the disappearance.

Rescue crews are looking for Dylan EhlerA W5 survey reveals a long delay in the public alert system and in the deployment of the Colchester Ground Search and Rescue team. The timeline reveals that the 911 call was made to the Truro police at 6 p.m. 13:24. It took two hours and 21 minutes to fully deploy search and rescue teams. A “non-intrusive public alarm” was not issued until three hours and eight minutes after Dylan was reported missing. Neither public alarm nor search and rescue operations could be activated before Truro police were told to do so.

Dylan’s mother claims that the police were slow to act and focused on only one theory: that Dylan fell into the water and was swept into the sea.

“They never treated Dylan’s case as a criminal investigation. They just treated it as a search and rescue. I know they did not block any streets. They did not prevent the public from entering the crime scene in the area where he disappeared, and they were very late in issuing alarms and getting help. So I think tunnel vision came into play. When they found the boots and that was it, that’s where he went, and essentially the police tell us that we have to accept it. And move on. “

Truro Police Chief Dave MacNeil is in charge of the case.

“We are very confident in our investigation. It was very thorough. There were no stones left.” Chief MacNeil insists the case has been investigated as both a potential crime and a search and rescue operation and says the case is still open. .

Rescue crews are looking for Dylan EhlerComplaints that the official investigation was deficient extend beyond Dylan’s family. An online signature collection with nearly 2,500 signatures calls for the creation of a new alarm system.

To be called the Ehler Alert, it would facilitate “the rapid distribution of information to the public about young children lost in potentially dangerous environments.”

The petition states: “We believe that these circumstances should require immediate public notification … When a child disappears, time is of the essence and sometimes the collection of search and rescue efforts takes too much time in a safe recovery of it. child. ” petition link.

Since his son disappeared in May 2020, Jason has relentlessly organized volunteer searches.

“The only time I feel at peace is when I’m looking for him I can breathe. When I’m not, I can not breathe … I have to find him both ways. I will never stop, for he is my only child. He is my everything. “

See “Where’s Dylan?” Saturday at 19 on the W5.

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