Police thank New Brunswick Walmart staff who helped rescue missing Florida boy

The New Brunswick RCMP is thanking staff at a Walmart store in Moncton, N.B., one month after they helped rescue a missing boy from Florida who was the subject of an Amber Alert.

The six-year-old was reported missing from his home in Miami at the end of August after his father failed to return him to his mother in accordance with a court time-sharing order. On Oct. 28, the FBI said the missing child may be in Eastern Canada.

He was found safe and sound two days later at the Moncton West Supercentre after a customer spotted him and approached a staff member to say they believed the boy was inside the store.

The boy’s father, who was wanted in connection with the alleged abduction, was arrested at the store. The boy’s paternal grandmother, who police were also looking for, was arrested without incident on Village-Des-Cormier Road in Saint-Paul.

On Wednesday, the RCMP presented the Moncton Walmart associates with certificates for exceptional community service.

Supt. Benoît Jolette, who presented the certificates, said they are usually for RCMP staff members, but the employees’ actions on Oct. 30 warranted the recognition.

“We had to recognize the employees here at Walmart, just for the job that they did, in keeping the family here, and the young boy, until we got here,” he said.

“Without their actions, that young boy could still be out there somewhere.”


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