Update: Latanya was located safe.
Volunteers have consolidated their efforts to find Joseph Alexander Lawson and Latanya Tait as the search for them continues in Thunder Bay, Ont.
The search for Lawson, who is known as Alex and is a member of Lac Seul First Nation, and Tait, a member of Sachigo Lake First Nation, have been ongoing for a few weeks. Family members have flown into Thunder Bay from surrounding First Nations communities and local volunteers have combed the city.
Lawson was last seen in November in the 200 block of Madeline Street in the Grandview area, where he’d been living.
The 65-year-old is described as a five-foot-six Indigenous man with a medium build, brown eyes and long, straight grey hair, who often has facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a light-coloured North Face puffer jacket with a dark upper area, blue jeans and black shoes.
His family has become increasingly concerned about his safety since his last confirmed sighting on Nov. 27. They’ve launched a Facebook page called “Missing Person Alex Lawson,” which has more than 800 followers, created an email address to streamline communications and have been posting Facebook ads about his disappearance for weeks.
Kim Lawson, Lawson’s daughter, told CBC News on Sunday that there have been possible sightings since the end of November, but none has been confirmed. One challenge is video retention, since many businesses have deleted their security camera footage since then.
The Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) last issued a news update about Lawson’s disappearance on Jan. 12, commending the community’s efforts in helping with grid searches and encouraging people to keep their eyes peeled. Police confirmed that investigators have received numerous reports of more recent sightings of Lawson throughout the city, but to date, “no other sighting has been confirmed since Nov. 27.”
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