According to a report by Global News, the Peel Regional Police used its emergency Amber Alert system on Thursday at 11:36 p.m for a missing 11-year-old girl named Riya Rajkumar, who was later found deceased in Brampton, hours after a parental abduction investigation was launched into the girl’s disappearance.
While the officials said the alert system worked exactly as intended, they noted that the police received “numerous calls” complaining about the late hour of the Amber Alert.
Peel police media relations officer Const. Akhil Mooken, also shared her disappointment on Twitter over people’s complaints that the cellphone notifications either woke them up or disturbed them. “I appreciate that a lot of people were sleeping but the immediate need to locate the child outweighed the momentary inconvenience that some people encountered”, she wrote.
the child outweighed the momentary inconvenience that some people encountered. Tragically this incident did not have the outcome we were all hoping for but the suspect was located as a direct result of a citizen receiving the alert and calling 9-1-1. The system works. 2/2
— Cst. Akhil Mooken (@OfficerMooken)
The girl was out with her father for her birthday and was supposed to be dropped off with her mother at a predetermined time but never came home. The victim’s mother contacted the police and told them he was going to harm himself and her daughter.
The girl was later located deceased at a residence in Brampton, while her father Roopesh Rajkumar, was arrested in Oro-Medonte, Ont., north of Toronto.
The Amber Alert was subsequently called off at 12:21 a.m. Friday.