Wood Buffalo RCMP search for missing boy in a lake – Update 4 – Recovered

Posted on Sep 26, 2018

September 21, 2018

Gregoire Lake, AB: Search efforts ended today at the shores of Gregoire Lake for the 16-year old boy who went missing on September 1, 2018. The boy’s body was recovered from the water earlier this evening. Next of kin notifications have been completed.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family, friends, and all of the people who have been impacted by this tragedy. Wood Buffalo Victim Services offers assistance to those who require support. Please call 1-780-788-4250 to speak with Wood Buffalo Victim Services.

The RCMP would like to thank the community for their compassion and support shown to the family during this difficult time, and to the search teams. The search efforts from all agencies and volunteers was greatly appreciated. Our thoughts remain with the boy’s family.

No further updates will be provided.
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September 13, 2018

Gregoire Lake, AB: Search efforts continue in Gregoire Lake for the 16 year old boy who went missing on September 1, 2018.

Members of the Gregoire Lake Reserve, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, have contacted Compass Geomatics Ltd, who have attended from Red Deer, Alberta to assist 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. They are working tirelessly in the colder weather to help locate the boy. Today, they have transferred their equipment and will be teaming up with Anzac Fire Department in their boat.

The Western Cadaver Dog Association team from southern Alberta has provided their identified areas of interest to the RCMP and to Compass Geomatics Ltd. Their efforts are greatly appreciated by family and RCMP. These volunteers have departed back to Calgary, Alberta.

Although difficult, all agencies and volunteers continue to work tirelessly in their search efforts. The RCMP would like to thank the community for their continued support to the family and to the search teams. Our thoughts remain with the boy’s family.

Boat patrols will continue throughout the week.

Further updates will be provided when more information is available.
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September 11, 2018

Gregoire Lake, AB: Search efforts continue in Gregoire Lake for the 16 year old boy who went missing on September 1, 2018.

The Western Cadaver Dog Association team from southern Alberta was contacted on September 7, 2018 by members of the Gregoire Lake Reserve, and immediately attended to assist in the search. These two volunteers, their cadaver dog, and dog in training have been searching the lake since September 8th. Due to rough water, the search has been intermittent and restricted a times.

Although difficult, all agencies, search teams and volunteers continue to work tirelessly in their search efforts. The RCMP would like to thank the community for their continued graciousness. Our thoughts remain with the boy’s family.

Boat patrols will continue throughout the week.

Further updates will be provided when more information is available.
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September 4, 2018

Gregoire Lake, AB: Search efforts continue in Gregoire Lake for the 16 year old boy who went missing on September 1, 2018. From the information police have received, it is believed a drowning occurred after he entered the water while out on a watercraft.

Physical dives were completed in the lake on Sunday and Monday by a volunteer dive team from Camrose, Alberta, called Central Alberta Rescue Dive Society (CARDS). Due to shallow and rough water in the area, sonar and underwater cameras were used, but were limited in what they could provide emergency responders. Physical dives were completed in several locations in the lake.

RCMP helicopter made air patrols on Sunday.

Boat patrols will continue throughout the week.

RCMP would like to thank all agencies, search team members and volunteers who have worked tirelessly in their search efforts, as well as the community for their outpouring of support.

Our thoughts remain with the boy’s family.

Further updates will be provided when more information is available.

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September 1, 2018

Gregoire Lake, AB: Wood Buffalo RCMP received a call for help at approximately 1523 hours from a concerned boater regarding a 16 year old boy who was on a small watercraft. The youth was observed falling into the water. The watercraft, that the youth was believed to be on, was later found washed up on shore.

The water is rough at this time, however, the Anzac Fire Department, Wood Buffalo RCMP police officers, RCMP Jet Boat, and Search And Rescue (SAR) are all engaged and working to locate the missing boy. The family has been notified, and the identity of the individual is not being released.

Gregoire Lake is approximately 40 km south east of Fort McMurray, near Highway 881, close to the Gregoire Lake Reserve.

Our sympathies are with family and friends while emergency crews undergo this extensive search to locate the boy. Wood Buffalo Victim Services is also engaged and working to provide support to those in need. If you or someone you know needs support as a result of this incident‎, please contact Victim Services at 780-788-4250.

As the event is in progress, an update will be provided when police have more information. ‎If you have any information to share with police on this matter, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405