Friends and neighbours of Robbie Reiner, the five-year-old boy who went missing on Boxing Day, have established a trust for the Reiner family to help relieve the family's financial burden while they cope with their loss.
"We'd like to cover the family's living expenses for a time to allow them to mourn without the burden of financial concerns," said a release sent by the Reiner's neighbour Deb Wideman.
Robbie went missing around 4:40 p.m. on December 26, and police believe he fell into the Nith River which ran behind his home in New Hamburg.
For five days Waterloo Regional Police along with the Kitchener, Wilmot and Cambridge fire departments and the Ontario Provincial Police searched for him. A team of police divers searched the waters of the Nith starting December 27 and on Monday, an OPP helicopter surveyed the waterway in search of new clues.
Police said Monday that they had exhausted all remaining search options.
WRPS Staff Sgt. Shaena Morris said weather was one of the main deciding factors to end the search.
"The ice, the current of the water and as well the observers in the helicopter were able to see that there was significant debris in the water as a result of the ice storm," said Morris. "That's also created some difficult situations for searching."
The trust for the Reiner family has been created at TD Canada Trust. To contribute to the trust the account number is 6343610 and the reference branch is 0244.