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Members of the RCMP tactical unit and volunteers from Red Earth and Shoal Lake Cree Nations are focusing on the Carrot River as they continue to search for missing five-year-old Frank Young.
Young was last seen on April 19 playing outside the home where he lived with his aunt and uncle on the Red Earth Cree Nation, about 300 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.
Despite an extensive land, aerial and boat search of the community and surrounding area, the young boy has not been seen since that day.
Following the spring thaw, volunteers from local First Nations will again focus on the Carrot River, in particular a junction of the river about five kilometres downstream from Red Earth known to locals as the “Y.”
The Carrot River originates in Wakaw Lake and flows northeast through Red Earth Plains into the Saskatchewan River near The Pas, Man.
“There’s a lot of log jams along the river and this is one of them,” said Shoal Lake Cree Nation Chief Marcel Head.
“The knowledge keepers have always indicated that just by experience, these areas tend to catch any types of debris or items that float along the river, and that’s where they wanted the search team to try and concentrate on.”
Young’s parents live on the Shoal Lake Cree Nation, which has been active in the search.