FasGas station in Frank, Alberta where kidnapping suspect Randall Peter Hopley may have been caught on a cash register surveillance camera.
Credits: MIKE DREW/CALGARY SUN/QMI AGENCY
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SPARWOOD, B.C. -- Mounties are hoping surveillance videos will help them get a break in the dramatic search for a three-year-old boy and his alleged abductor.
Kienan Hebert, 3, and Randall Peter Hopley have not been found Friday, although there have been multiple reported sightings of a vehicle they may be travelling with, said RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskulak.
He said nothing has been confirmed as positive identification of the runaway man and the missing boy.
"We do not have confirmed sightings," Moskulak said repeatedly due to a number of media reports saying the two have been spotted.
There have been sightings in British Columbia and Mounties are getting requests for clarification of tips from Alberta and across Canada.
Moskulak is requesting people who may have surveillance cameras and owners of recreational homes in the area to check out their properties.
"If you haven't checked your property of late, it would be appreciated by the investigators to go to your property, check it out, see if there's anything suspicious, any sign of any break-ins, any sign of stolen property or items, anything suspicious of nature," he said.
Mounties have been collecting surveillance videos from businesses along the highways.
The operators of the Fas Gas station in Frank have a surveillance video they say purportedly shows Hopley making a purchase Wednesday morning, though Mounties have yet to confirm that.
While the search and rescue teams continued to scour a wider area on Thursday, Mounties went back to the property of Orville Sheets, where Hopley is renting a room.
"This residence has been surveiled since the on set, we have to look at the possibilities of the individual coming forth himself, perhaps returning to the residence," said Moskulak.
Sheets said police took some papers from the residence but he didn't know what they were.
"They came at 10 a.m. checking if they can find anything that might give them an idea," he said.
"They took a few papers and checked his camper."
The recent Amber Alert expired Friday after 5:30 p.m. and Mounties will evaluate if another 24-hour public notice will be issued.
Moskulak said an Amber Alert can't be issued more than 24 hours at a time because authorities need to evaluate if it's still helpful to the search.
The Amber Alert has been activated only 10 times in British Columbia. Eight of those cases were parental abductions, and only one was a stranger abduction, said Moskulak.
"(The Heberts) are truly facing their worst nightmare," he said following an emotional pause.
"On behalf of the Heberts, they want to thank everyone for all their support and the media for helping to share the information."
The Heberts have requested privacy as they deal with the ordeal.