Halifax Regional Police search for missing five-year-old girl near Kearney Lake

Halifax Police cannot confirm whether or not the girl is in the water at this time but they are on the scene along with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency.

A five-year-old girl has gone missing near Kearney Lake in Halifax, according to CBC news.

Halifax Regional Police cannot confirm whether or not the girl is in the water at this time however they are on the scene, along with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. They are currently searching the area using a boat, drone and police dog.

"We are searching just to rule out that no one is in there," said Dave Slaunwhite, district chief for Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency.

Police can confirm however that the girl was playing near the water around 12:15 p.m. She was in the area of Kearney Lake and Hamshaw Drive. She is described as white, slim build, less than four feet tall with brown hair at shoulder length.

She was last seen wearing were a dark peach/maroon one-piece bathing suit. The clothes she was wearing before changing into her bathing suit were found on the beach; a pair of denim shorts that had a pink and green embroidery and a blue t-shirt with the words "Let's go Ninja" written on it. She also left behind a house key and a pair of swimming goggles.

Police have since closed off the lake to the public until the search is concluded. Members of the ground search and rescue team arrived on the scene at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Police are asking that anyone with information on the girl's whereabouts to contact police directly at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)