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28 October 2009 - Media release

INTERPOL issues global alert for missing Belgian boy

LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued an international Yellow Notice missing persons alert following the disappearance of a Belgian boy near the Belgian-French border.

The four-year-old boy, Younes Jratlou, disappeared on Sunday night in the Belgian area of Comines-Warneton, close to the French border.

The Yellow Notice was issued at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Brussels and distributed to all of INTERPOL’s 188 member countries. Belgium’s federal police disappearance unit is leading the investigation and has deployed a large force to find the missing toddler.

“In such missing persons cases it is especially important for the alert and all information to be communicated as quickly as possible, not only locally or regionally, but internationally too in order to maximize the chances of finding the missing person,” said INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin.

“We therefore commend the prompt actions of the Belgian authorities in helping alert the international community, which can only help the investigation into this young boy's disappearance,” added Mr Louboutin.

INTERPOL Yellow Notices are circulated to help locate missing persons, especially minors, or to help identify persons who are not able to identify themselves.

INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Co-ordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon will be treating all incoming information relating to the case as high priority, and will maintain constant communication with NCB Brussels to ensure that any vital identifying information is immediately shared and acted upon.

The missing boy has been described as standing 1.10 meter tall, or 43 inches, and is of medium build. He has brown eyes and black curly hair.

Anyone who has any information regarding this case is asked to contact their local police and the Belgian authorities.