Search con­tin­ues for miss­ing teen

Fort McMurray Today - - LOCAL NEWS - JONNY WAKE­FIELD jwake­field@post­

Spe­cial­ized aquatic and ca­nine teams have joined the search for a 16-year-old boy who went miss­ing in a lake near Fort McMur­ray ear­lier this month.

The boy was re­ported miss­ing on Sept. 1, af­ter a boater spot­ted him fall­ing off a small boat in Gre­goire Lake. His empty boat later washed up on shore.

On Thurs­day, RCMP said mem­bers of the Gre­goire Lake Re­serve of the Fort McMur­ray First Na­tion have reached out to Red Deer-based Com­pass Geo­mat­ics, a sur­vey­ing and map­ping com­pany, for help in the search.

“This team is us­ing spe­cial equip­ment on their boat, and al­though snowing yes­ter­day, they were out on the wa­ter, an­a­lyz­ing the re­sults on their equip­ment and mark­ing their maps,” and RCMP news re­lease stated.

“They are work­ing tire­lessly in the colder weather to help lo­cate the boy.”

As well, the south­ern Al­berta team of the West­ern Ca­daver Dog As­so­ci­a­tion has pro­vided vol­un­teers to help in the search, RCMP said.

The An­zac Fire Depart­ment is also in­volved in the search. Boat pa­trols would con­tinue through­out the week, RCMP said.

Gre­goire Lake is around 40 km south of Fort McMur­ray and 420 km north­east of Ed­mon­ton.

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