Search underway for boy last seen walking on side of Highway 407 in Brampton

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Police are asking for the public’s help in locating an 11-year-old boy who went missing from Brampton on Thursday afternoon.

According to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, the child, named Ryker Gunn, was traveling on westbound Highway 407 in a vehicle with his caregivers, who have custody of him. The boy allegedly left the vehicle around 2:40 p.m. when the driver pulled over to the side of the road, Schmidt said.

Ryker, described as a 4-7, 130-pound white male with short wavy light brown hair and wearing black sweatpants, a black t-shirt, a red jacket and black and white running shoes, was last seen walking away along the north side of highway between Mississauga and Heritage roads.

“We’ve been looking overnight overnight and continuing there right now … it was pretty chilly overnight so we need to know where he is and make sure he’s safe,” Schmidt told CP24 Friday morning .

“We have our aviation services, our helicopter, in the air right now above looking for signs of life here. We also have emergency response team members, canine units doing a net search of the area as well.”

Schmidt urged anyone who lives or works in this area, which is mostly made up of commercial and industrial buildings, to keep a close eye on Ryker.

“In the time that he’s been gone, he could really be anywhere. He could be hiding in property, under vehicles in a commercial building, under a commercial trailer or something that we don’t know, and that’s why we asking anyone in particular in that area to check their properties up and down everywhere,” he said.

Anyone with information should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or https://peelcrimestoppers.ca/.

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