The hunt for a five-year-old kid who went missing in northern Saskatchewan is now on its 11th day.
According to Red Earth Cree Nation Chief Fabian Head, the search for Frank Young has already covered about 92 square kilometers, owing to the efforts of more than 200 volunteers and 13 search crews.
“As we approach the weekend additional volunteers will be needed,” he said. “Our volunteer search crews are getting tired.”
Volunteers are encouraged to contact Allister Nawakayas, the community’s emergency response coordinator, who says the community welcomes any outside resources.
Young was last seen on April 19 in Red Earth Cree Nation, 300 kilometers northeast of Saskatoon.
He was first seen at his home that afternoon, then at a playground in the community’s northern section.
Young was living with his aunt and uncle at the time. The boy’s parents are Shoal Lake Cree Nation members.
The hunt involved the RCMP, different First Nations, and more than a dozen municipalities, and included the deployment of planes, boats, canine patrols, high-resolution cameras, and underwater cameras.
So yet, no things belonging to the boy have been discovered.
The RCMP’s Carrot River Detachment’s Sgt. Richard Tonge stated on Friday that there is no indication the youngster has been taken, which is why no Amber Alert has been issued.
Police, according to Tonge, have received no physical evidence revealing what happened to Young and are relying on eye witness testimony. Searchers are now concentrating their efforts to the south of the residence where Young was last seen, as well as to the north of the community near the playground and along the nearby river, according to Head.
According to Tonge, the neighborhood has been experiencing warm weather this week, allowing them to search places that were previously covered in snow.
“We will do whatever it takes to find Frank and bring him home,” Head said.
Parents of missing 5-year-old Sask. boy ‘totally devastated’ but grateful to search crews, says chief
The parents of a missing five-year-old boy are “totally devastated,” but are grateful for all of the people involved in the search, says a First Nations leader.
Frank Young was last seen Tuesday at his home on the Red Earth Cree Nation, located approximately 300 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.
Young’s parents are not comfortable speaking publicly, but Chief Marcel Head of the nearby Shoal Lake Cree Nation said they want people to know the help is appreciated.
“They’re just totally devastated, but they are appreciative of all the support, the counselling,” Head said during a news conference Friday afternoon.