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UPDATE: Missing Vernon child found safe

12-year-old located hours after reported missing
Garret Joseph Lessard

UPDATE Jan. 4:

The Vernon RCMP located Garret Lessard safe last night and the missing youth has returned home.

Police thank the media and public for their assistance.



The public’s help is being sought to find a 12-year-old boy.

Garret Joseph Lessard was last seen Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. on 15th Avenue in Vernon.

He is approximately five-foot-three-inches tall, weighs 110 pounds and has short brown hair.

Lessard was last seen wearing a black hoodie with black boots and carrying a black and camouflage backpack.

Police are concerned for his health and wellbeing.

Anyone with information on Lessard’s whereabouts is urged to contact their local police, remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at

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Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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