OTTAWA - The Ottawa Police Service Missing Persons Unit is appealing to the public for tips to locate missing teenager Justin Rutter.  Justin was last seen by his family on Thursday, October 8, 2009. He was 14 years old at the time.

At the time of his disappearance, Justin was 163 cm (5"4"), 50 kg (110 lbs), with a slim build, short light brown hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light brown/white hoodie, as seen in a 2009 photo.

“Although Ottawa Police received close to 50 tips on Justin’s whereabouts over the past 5 years, none have been confirmed by police,” said Ottawa Police Criminal Investigations Directorate Supt. Don Sweet. “We are releasing an artist’s rendering of an age progression sketch of what Justin could look like, now at age 19.”

A recent tip suggests that Justin may be in the Vancouver area; and as such Ottawa Police will be working with the Vancouver Police to validate this.

“Our Missing Persons investigators are concerned that Justin may have met with foul play or is deceased,” added Supt. Sweet. “A reward of $5000.00 is being offered by Ottawa Police for information confirming the current whereabouts of Justin or leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person’s responsible for his disappearance. Someone knows where Justin is or what happened to him. Help us find him.”

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Missing Persons Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 2355. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.

Reward Poster - Justin Rutter