A 25-year-old Black man remains missing more than two weeks after he disappeared in the Concord River while being pursued by Lowell police, a department spokesman said Saturday.
Now the family of Moses Harris is calling on Lowell police to release body camera footage and a full police report of the Dec. 19 incident, which they said the department has failed to do.
Harris’s family held a protest outside Lowell police headquarters on Saturday demanding that the department share all the information it has about the moments before his disappearance and step up its efforts to locate him.
“I’m looking for an answer. I’m looking for divers to sweep the river, to dive in there and bring my baby out,” his mother, Louise Harris, told NECN.
Harris’s family could not be reached for comment Saturday.
“We haven’t been given clear answers as to why no one stopped him or protected him after watching him enter the river,” the family wrote on a Change.org petition that has garnered more than 10,000 signatures.
Harris was a suspect in a domestic battery and vandalism incident shortly after midnight on Dec. 19., Lowell police spokesman Captain Mark LeBlanc said in an e-mail Saturday.
Officers attempted to arrest him in the area of Lawrence Street, but Harris allegedly refused to follow officers’ orders and fled into the freezing Concord River, LeBlanc said.
Police said they searched the river and the area around it “extensively” with help from firefighters, divers, boats, and police K-9 units, along with personnel who used thermal imaging equipment. They said officers have repeatedly searched for Harris on foot and using a drone since the incident.
“This is not the desired outcome, regardless of the circumstances that led to police involvement with this individual,” Lowell Police Superintendent Kelly Richardson said in a Dec. 23 statement. “Life and safety are our primary concerns, and right now our main preoccupation is with finding this person.”
Police said they have been in touch with Harris’s family regularly since his disappearance.
LeBlanc said Lowell police officers do not wear body cameras. He added that the family was shown surveillance footage Wednesday of a Lowell police officer’s interaction with Harris before he went into the Concord River.
“They have been kept thoroughly informed of what occurred on the morning of the incident as well as the resources we deployed to locate Mr. Harris and our ongoing efforts to do so,” LeBlanc said.
Supporters have raised more than $2,000, which will be used to support Harris’s family and pay for his memorial service. Organizers are also calling for people to contact state officials and demand that more information about the case be released.