As Quebec provincial police continue their search for three-year-old Jake Côté, the subject of an Amber Alert in Quebec and parts of New Brunswick, they are urging the population not to intervene for safety reasons.
“We are dealing with an individual who is possibly armed and who could act on impulse,” the Sûreté du Québec said in a statement late Thursday afternoon.
Police believe the boy’s father, David Côté, 36, abducted Jake on Tuesday. Côté was the last person seen with the child on Banville Street in the community of Sainte-Paule that afternoon, at 5:15 p.m. ET, about 630 kilometres northeast of Montreal.
Police now believe Côté is looking for survival gear and transportation. The investigation has revealed that Côté has in-depth knowledge of the forest and is able to live off the land, police say.
“It is therefore possible that he walked to chalets and outbuildings in the area in order to ensure his survival and that of his child,” the statement says.
Police are asking residents to call 911 if they notice break-in attempts or missing tools, food or equipment.
However, police say, people should not go looking for the man.
“We do not solicit the public’s assistance in participating in the search. We ask people not to venture into a place where they could put themselves at risk,” the statement says.