Search for missing 5-year-old Frank Young enters 16th day


Carrot River RCMP provided an update on the search for Frank Young Wednesday. They said the community and area around it has been searched extensively.

RCMP and members of the Red Earth Cree Nation are searching for five-year-old Frank Young. (Red Earth Cree Nation/Facebook)

The search for a missing five-year-old Saskatchewan boy has entered its 16th day.

Frank Young was last seen outside his home on the Red Earth Cree Nation, 300 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, on the afternoon of April 19. He was also seen at a playground in the northern part of the community. 

At the time Young was living with his aunt and uncle. The boy’s parents live at the Shoal Lake Cree Nation.

Carrot River RCMP provided an update on Wednesday. They said the community and area around it has been searched extensively.

All tips have been investigated, although none have led to Young’s whereabouts, according to Inspector Murray Chamberlin with the RCMP’s North District Management Team. He spoke on behalf of Carrot River RCMP. 

“Our focus now will be to move our searchers toward the water. Now that the river is open, we have the opportunity to do that safely,” said Chamberlin. 

Over the next few weeks, the Saskatchewan RCMP will be using boats and other methods to search the Carrot River for any sign of Young.

“We continue to encourage the public to share any information about Frank’s whereabouts. Anyone who has information or who finds items of interest, such as clothing that seems to be out of place, should contact the Carrot River RCMP immediately,” said Chamberlin. 

“We remain committed to locating Frank.”

Chamberlin said search areas are decided based on the probability of how far a five-year-old could travel. While those areas have been thoroughly searched, they continue to be looked at.

As for the ground search, Chamberlin said the snow pack is decreasing significantly with the recent warm weather. However, this has led to some complications, as some areas are flooded.

“Every search is unique and has to be continually assessed. We’ll search until we’re confident we’ve exhausted all investigative opportunities.”


Laura is a reporter for CBC Saskatchewan. She is also the community reporter for CBC’s virtual road trip series Land of Living Stories. Laura previously worked for CBC Vancouver. Some of her former work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, NYLON Magazine, VICE Canada and The Tyee. She holds a master of journalism degree from the University of British Columbia. Follow Laura on Twitter: @MeLaura. Send her news tips at [email protected]

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