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RCMP say ground and aerial searches are continuing today along several trails in southeast Cape Breton for an Indigenous teenager who has been missing for more than a week.

Police are searching the Canoe Lake area for a 14-year-old girl, a member of the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaq First Nation, last seen in Eskasoni at around 4 p.m. on Aug. 13.

RCMP said today the teen is travelling with a 47-year-old and the two are believed to be on foot after using a green all-terrain vehicle to move around.

Police say they found a green ATV and other evidence on Thursday indicating the teen and the 47-year-old spent time in Canoe Lake, a heavily wooded area with numerous trails.

Investigators say it’s possible the two have left that area but are asking nearby residents to call police with any tips or sightings of the two people.

Video surveillance footage placed the teen and the man at a gas station in Catalone, N.S., on Aug. 13.

RCMP requested an emergency alert be issued to residents living east of the Mira River in Cape Breton on Thursday – one week after the teen went missing.

The move followed criticism the force did not act with enough urgency to find the 14-year-old girl and bring her home safely.

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