Search continues for Ashayo Johnson


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Search continues for Ashayo Johnson

The multi-agency search for 10-year-old Ashayo Johnson continues.

Halifax District RCMP, the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, Ground Search and Rescue crews, with assistance of the Department of Natural Resources helicopter, and Police Dog Services are searching for Ashayo Johnson and are continuing to appeal to the public for any information on his whereabouts. Ten year-old Ashayo Johnson was last seen October 26 in North Preston.

Johnson is described as a black youth, 4 feet tall and 75 pounds, dark hair and dark eyes. Johnson was last seen wearing a blue puffy jacket, black sweat pants and light blue sneakers.

Officers, ground search and rescue crews and police dogs are combing the area. A neighbourhood canvas is ongoing, check points are set up, and officers, ground search and rescue crews, including a Department of Natural Resources helicopter are combing the area.

“We are fully engaged and working closely with Ashayo’s family to find Ashayo safely and as quickly as possible. I want to thank ground search and rescue crews for being exceptional partners in the search for Ashayo, and the community of North Preston for their full cooperation and support,” says Sgt. Dave Legge, RCMP/HRP Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.

At this time, we are asking anyone who does not live or work in North Preston to avoid the area to allow officers and search and rescue crews to do their work.​

The missing person investigation continues and there is no evidence at this time to suggest that Johnson’s disappearance is related to criminal activity.

No piece of information is too small and we urge anyone who may have any information on the whereabouts of Ashayo Johnson to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. We’re also asking community members and anyone who may have been in the area of Downey Rd. between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on October 26 to contact us if they have any CCTV, dash-cam or other video footage. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at, or use the P3 Tips App.​

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