RCMP scoured the
South Saskatchewan River by boat in late June, looking for human remains in
hopes of bringing closure to the families of five men who disappeared over the
span of 26 years.
The Saskatoon Historical Case Unit's (HCU) annual search -- usually done by plane -- targets historical cases in which bodies were never recovered. Investigators focused on five cases they believe were or may be connected to that body of water.
Two of them date back to the late 80s.
An investigation continues for Donald Barnett, the 86-year-old Regina man who disappeared late last week after saying he was going to Wascana Trails north of Regina.
His family reported him missing after he didn’t return.
His locked vehicle was found in the parking lot of Wascana Trails that day. Police seized it and found no signs of suspicious activity. They say it was in operating condition.
A tip came in that he was seen at a business in Lumsden the day he disappeared, but investigators have determined he was not there.
It has been a long eight years for the family and friends of 13-year-old Estevan girl Courtney Struble who is now considered by investigators to have been murdered.
Struble was last seen at approximately 12:30 a.m. on July 9, 2004 in the vicinity of Highway 39 and Woodlawn Avenue in Estevan.
The RCMP's historical case unit case took over the case from Estevan police on April 21, 2011 and having followed up on all leads and tips, have come to the conclusion Struble was the victim of foul play.
On Thursday, 86-year-old Donald Barnett went for a walk in Wascana Trails. He hasn't been seen since.
His wife Dianna was caught off guard when her husband didn't return. Donald frequented Wascana Trails.
"I spent a lot of time pacing," said Dianna.
She called the police, who contacted the RCMP.
The search is still ongoing. RCMP is bringing in special search dogs from Alberta, and volunteers are offering their support in the search effort.
A Saskatchewan aboriginal group is urging the provincial government to support a recent call by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for a national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered First Nation women.
Interim chief Morley Watson with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) said an inquiry is needed to find out why First Nation women are more susceptible to violent acts.
“What we want to do is identify how we can help to ensure that First Nation women have every opportunity at success,” he said.
The search for 86-year-old Donald Barnett is being called off Friday afternoon, but police continue to investigate his disappearance.
Photo of Donald Barnett supplied by RCMP.
Officers will be going door to door in the area around the Wascana Trails as they continue investigating. They will also search rural roads in the area and potentially other areas.
On the night of July 5, eight years ago, five-year-old Tamra Keepness vanished from her Ottawa Street home in Regina's Heritage neighbourhood and has never been seen since.
Photo provided by the Regina Police Service.
It is a sad anniversary few saw coming, at least not without some kind of resolution.
UPDATE: Cheyenne Antoine was found July 20
Saskatoon Police want help to find two missing girls.
It was about midnight June 15 when Cheyenne Antoine, 16, was seen getting into a vehicle outside her house at the 100 block of Allwood Crescent. It was the last time anyone has seen her.
The vehicle was described as a newer model, black SUV.
It is believed that she may have traveled to Vancouver.
A good outcome after frantic search Tuesday for a missing Regina boy.
Nolan Kay was found at a friend's house after being reported missing yesterday when his family and Regina police couldn't find him.
He went out to play at lunchtime Tuesday and didn't come home overnight but he was found safe Wednesday morning.
Saskatoon police is searching for a missing 13-year-old boy after he disappeared more than two weeks ago.
Matthew Unger was last seen by caregivers at a restaurant in the 900 block of 51st Street on June 12, said police.
Unger is 5-foot-6 tall, 100 pounds with a slim build and short blond hair. He was last seen wearing a black ball cap with a purple brim, a purple Kermit the Frog t-shirt, blue jeans and Nike shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Saskatoon Police Services at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.