New Glasgow News ~ Police continue investigations
Published on October 30, 2011
Police are still investigating both the case of missing person Amber Kirwan and the shooting death of Ed Phalen in Trenton.
Const. Ken MacDonald said they have been receiving some information from hunters, but as yet have not been able to come to the bottom of the case. They are still appealing to hunters and others to report anything they see.
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[Nan11 put together the following-thanks for all the hard work, Nan]
Amber Kirwan was reported missing by her parents at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2011. The following search ensued and continues. She has not been found.
Sunday, October 9, 2011:
☛ News of Amber’s disappearance spread via Facebook, Twitter, and news outlets.
Monday, October 10, 2011:
☛ Family; friends; dozens of volunteers; the police; firefighters; ground search and rescue—all conducted an extensive ground search of the area around Dooly’s on Archimedes Street.
☛ At this point, no buildings were searched on the inside.
☛ Small boats searched in the East River.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011:
☛ Police ‘patroled’–going door to door–checking buses; looking in bus shelters and dumpsters; talking to employees of Dooly’s and other ‘local’ businesses, including taxi companies; visiting local neighbourhoods and speaking with family and friends.
☛ Police brought in their canine and major crime unit to conduct building searches.
☛ Police ‘widened the perimeter of their search’ to vacant buildings on the outskirts of the town.
☛ New Glasgow Police Canine unit and Ekko search the former Tibbett’s Paint Factory building on Glass Street, in Trenton, N.S.
☛ Police viewed video tapes collected from local businesses in the area, as well as homeowners.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011:
☛ Command Centre was set up and the perimeter of the search was again expanded.
☛ Police called in extra ‘recruits.’
☛ Ground search and rescue crews searched ‘near’ the Trenton Connector; the Hillside area; further into Trenton; and in ‘wooded’ areas such as Fraser’s Mountain, Stellarton, and Pictou Landing.
☛ New Glasgow Fire Department ‘boat’, RCMP ‘boat’; and ground search and rescue members in ‘kayaks’ searched waterways, including the East River in Abercrombie, which runs through the centre of town. (A Zodiac rescue boat and three kayaks were seen.)
☛ The expanded search encompassed an area of 18 square kilometres of woods and fields.
☛ Police removed ‘black objects’ (which looked like shoes) from a ‘grassy area’ near downtown New Glasgow. (See link 10 for Thursday for confirmation of this.)
☛ Const. Ken MacDonald confirms ‘several’ items, including clothing have been discovered during ‘the search. The items are being sent to forensic experts.
☛ Police confirm ‘questioning’ of Amber’s boyfriend. They state this is ‘typical’. Mr. Campbell offered his own opinion on whether he is considered a “person of interest”.
☛ Maggie confirmed to New Glasgow News that police are still contacting her and other friends to check out facts about the evening, and have been ‘good’ to answer her calls regarding any questions she has about ‘internet rumours’.
Thursday, October 13, 2011:
☛ RCMP’s major crime unit joined forces with the New Glasgow major crime unit.
☛ Police continued to analyze the evidence, and had a ‘briefing’ on the case.
Friday, October 14, 2011:
☛ No new ‘developments.’ reported.
☛ New Glasgow’s Major Crime Unit along with the assistance of the RCMP continued their investigation.
Saturday, October 15, 2011:
☛ K-9 unit spotted in the Heathbell Road in Lyon’s Brook (near Scotch Hill), searching a ‘wooded area’, known for its ATV trails.
☛ One RCMP officer stayed stationed at the end of a private woods road Saturday Evening in this area.
☛ RCMP helicopter flew over Heathbell many times.
☛ (Quote from CBC link 12) “In a press release, New Glasgow police said ‘items of interest’ had been found and were being examined by forensic services.”
Sunday, October 16, 2011:
☛ Beginning Sunday morning, ground search and rescue volunteers conducted an ‘evidentiary’ search and remained in the Heathbell Road (Scotch Hill) area throughout the day.
☛ RCMP helicopter flew over both Heathbell and Pictou Landing many times.
☛ A command centre was set up on the Hidden Cove Road, near the Big Gut Bridge.
☛ RCMP divers were in the waters near the Big Gut Bridge
☛ Ground search and rescue teams walked the shoreline and wooded area looking for evidence.
Monday, October 17, 2011:
☛ Search and Rescue teams complete the search of the Heathbell area.
☛ These teams now focused on the Pictou Landing area.
☛ A ground search of wooded areas in Pictou Landing. (near the home of Amber), was conducted.
☛ A ground search of wooded areas in Pictou Landing near the Big Gut Bridge was conducted.
☛ Police investigation also focused on following-up on tips and information; and collecting possible items of interest provided by the public.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011:
☛ RCMP divers resumed their search of water near the Big Gut Bridge.
☛ Police continued to follow up on other evidence and tips.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011:
☛ RCMP dive team was back in the water at Big Gut Bridge in Pictou Landing.
Thursday, October 20, 2011:
☛ RCMP dive team again continued to search the water in the Big Gut Bridge area.
☛ (Quote from Metro News at link.) “Several “items of interest” have been recovered in the PAST WEEK. MacDonald said people have called police to report items found on their property and investigators and forensic teams are analyzing them.”
Saturday, October 22, 2011:
☛ Search intensified.
☛ Police went door-to-door in the north end of the town, as well as locations throughout Pictou County.
☛ A helicopter did air searches in Pictou County.
Sunday, October 23, 2011:
☛ Police continued going door to door in the north end of town; as well as locations throughout Pictou County.
☛ A helicopter continued doing air searches of Pictou County.
Monday, October 24, 2011:
☛ Police had ‘briefings’.
☛ Police confirmed ‘more tips’ came in due to the release of the video.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011:
☛ Police continued trying to locate people who were at Dooly’s the night Amber disappeared.
☛ Police reassured that the investigation has not stalled, in spite of the absence of ground searches.
☛ Police sought information on who was ‘inside’ Dooly’s the night Amber disappeared. They want to talk to anyone who saw Amber before, during, or after the surveillance video.
☛ Police advised they are awaiting the forensic reports (from Ottawa), on ‘evidence’ gathered (including clothing), during the early days of the massive ground search. It could arrive any day.
☛A shooting occurred on Mechanic Street in Trenton, NS—an area to which a ‘tip’ had previously led the police on the search for Amber (See Link 26.)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011:
☛ After weaving back and forth, police finally confirm that they are ‘not ruling out’ a connection between the murder of Edward Phalen and the disappearance of Amber Kirwan, stating it’s simply too early.
Thursday, October 27, 2011:
☛ Police requested hunters to be on the look-out for anything ‘out-of-place’ or ‘suspicious’.
☛ Const. MacDonald advised that it is imperative that the public give any tips to only the police or Crimestoppers.
☛ Police advised ‘tips’ are still coming in on Amber’s case, and work on it has not slowed down.
☛ Police advised there has been no scaling back of resources.
Friday, October 28, 2011:
☛ Police stated there have been no new developments in Amber’s case.
Saturday, October 29, 2011:
☛ Police again stated that there have been no new developments in Amber’s case.
Sunday, October 30, 2011:
☛ Const. Ken MacDonald advised that they have received information from hunters, but as yet have not been able to come to the bottom of the case.
☛ Police requested hunters to continue to be aware.
Monday, October 31, 2011:
☛ Quote from link: “Police Const. Ken MacDonald said yesterday investigators and its K-9 unit were out again over the weekend searching different areas of Pictou County.” No further info was given.