Saskatchewan

Search for missing student moves to river

A search for a missing University of Saskatchewan student focused on the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon Saturday.

A search for a missing University of Saskatchewan student focused on the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon on Saturday.

Police told CBC News that the search and rescue team was looking for Hamza Alsharief.

An official with the Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services department said their water rescue people joined volunteer members of a ground search and rescue team working on an area of the river around Lenore Drive.

Battalion Chief Jim Lindsay said searchers wanted to take advantage of the mild weather.

"At this time of year, that portion of the river is normally frozen over," Lindsay explained. "The search was intended to look for possible indicators that may result in locating Hamza Alsharief."

The ground team searched both banks of the river while the water rescue team searched the surface of the river.

"The search lasted about six hours and nothing was found," Lindsay added.

Saskatoon police have been asking for anyone with information about Alsharief, 23, to contact them.

"Alsharief has not been heard from by friends or family members since Dec. 14," police said in news release.

"While foul play is not suspected at this time, family members say it is unusual that he has had no contact with them recently."