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Nanaimo RCMP search property in case of missing teen

Nanaimo RCMP and a tactical team searched a house next to the former home of Steven Bacon on Monday as the hunt for missing teen Makayla Chang continues. Officers spent the day searching a home at 601 Bruce Ave.
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Makayla Chang

Nanaimo RCMP and a tactical team searched a house next to the former home of Steven Bacon on Monday as the hunt for missing teen Makayla Chang continues.

Officers spent the day searching a home at 601 Bruce Ave. and digging for clues in the front and backyard of 609 Bruce Ave., where Bacon previously lived.

“Given the amount of time she’s been missing and the circumstances around her disappearance, we cannot rule out foul play,” said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

Police in forensics uniforms already searched the home at 609 Bruce Ave. on March 30. It’s unclear where Bacon is living now.

Makayla has not been in contact with family or been on social media since she was last seen in downtown Nanaimo on March 17.

Early in the investigation, Nanaimo RCMP issued photos of Bacon and said they believed he was with Makayla or had information about her whereabouts.

Officers located the 53-year-old on April 6 and spoke to him. O’Brien could not say if Bacon was co-operative or if he provided any information about Makayla’s whereabouts.

He has not been charged with any crime.

Bacon’s daughter Allison Bacon told the Times Colonist that Bacon had been calling Makayla “baby bird,” a pet name he previously used for his daughter.

Nanaimo RCMP previously searched Colliery Dam Park, but said no major clues were found.

Makayla, who has also used the names Kayla and Finn, is described as five-foot-one and 110 pounds, with hazel eyes and hair dyed red.

She has glasses and a number of facial piercings, sometimes wears wigs and occasionally dresses as a male.

Nanaimo RCMP ask anyone who has seen Makayla or has information about her whereabouts to call them at 250-754-2345.

kderosa@timescolonist.com