Reserve chief declares state of emergency over missing man
It's a grim Thanksgiving for friends and family of a man from who has been missing since early October from a northern Manitoba reserve.
The Chief of Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, Albina Brass, declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon, with more than 140 people searching for 42-year-old Gordon Brass who was last seen on Oct. 4.
The search party is combing through a 50 kilometre radius around the Birch River area on horseback, quads and on foot.
Since Gordon Brass went missing, people have found some of his belongings scattered around the reserve.
"We just want to know if he's there hurt or if he's laying there gone," said Velda Brass, the man's sister-in-law. "Like, if he passed away on us. We want to get him out of there. We just want to find closure."
Brass is the youngest of eight siblings. He is described as thin, with long, dark hair and a goatee.
"He could be anywhere from creeks, could be anywhere totally anywhere," said Velda Brass. "He could be laying there hurt...but if he is hurt we want to get him help."
Family members told CBC late Sunday night the RCMP are no longer involved in the search, citing manpower issues. Searchers reportedly found a crowbar and a duffle bag Sunday.
The RCMP said earlier they do not consider the case suspicious.
Birch River is located about 355 kilometres northwest of Brandon