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Family appeals for volunteers to help find missing Fort McMurray man

Family members are appealing for more volunteers to help search the Fort McMurray area for an Indigenous man who has been missing for more than a week.

Wyatt Marten disappeared on March 12 in the Fort McMurray area

Wyatt Marten, who has schizophrenia, was last seen by his aunt on March 12. (Submitted)

Family members are appealing for more volunteers to help search the Fort McMurray area for an Indigenous man who has been missing for more than a week.

Wyatt Marten, 27, has schizophrenia. He was last seen by his aunt on March 12.

Lisa Marten-Grant said he stopped by her house and was behaving oddly.

"We need more people to come and help," Marten-Grant said. "We need to find this boy and bring him home. Should something like that ever happen to your son, believe me, you would want people out there searching and looking for him."

The family said the hospital changed Marten's medication before he went missing, and they fear he may have had a bad reaction to the new dosage.

On Thursday, Wood Buffalo RCMP said it has exhausted all tips with its extensive search efforts that have included officers, police dogs and members of the Fort McMurray Search and Rescue Society. 

In a news update, it said the areas of Birchwood Trails, Timberlea and downtown Fort McMurray have been searched without any success. "He is not in any trouble with the police," stated the release. "Family, friends and the Wood Buffalo RCMP are concerned for Wyatt's well being and would like to locate him as soon as possible."

Earlier this week, a small group of search volunteers took over a garage in downtown Fort McMurray, handing out maps, safety vests and flashlights to helpers.

Marten's mother, Cindy Marten, said the ordeal has taken its toll on her but she said she's not giving up.

"I was at a little bit of a low point last night," she said. "I was disappointed. I was frustrated. But as long as I have something to do, something to work on to help find him, I am good."

Anyone with tips can contact the RCMP at 780-788-4040. Volunteers can contact the family at 780-881-1646 or 780-215-6741. 

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David Thurton

David Thurton is CBC's mobile journalist in Fort McMurray. He's worked for CBC in the Maritimes & in Canada's Arctic. Email: david.thurton@cbc.ca