The boy who was missing along with his mother Dawn Walker that was found in Oregon has been reunited with his father’s family.
“When we heard that someone we love had gone missing, the world stopped spinning and nothing mattered but finding them,” the Jansen family said in a statement.
The family said that they walked and canoed the river looking for Walker and the 7-year-old boy, saying they scanned the Meewasin trail and peered into the water “contemplating the unthinkable.” They were hoping to find the boy and Walker but also hoping to not find them in the river.
“The agony of not knowing if a loved one is safe is something we would never wish on anyone. Our hearts ache for all the families out there still searching for missing loved ones,” the statement reads.
The family had also started a GoFundMe fundraiser and plan to use the remaining donations to find missing children and support other families with missing children.
“When we found out they were both safe there was sobbing, laughing, dancing, shouting, throwing of shoes and hugging. Even though we weren’t together, the family celebrated together. It feels as though we can finally breathe.”
The missing Saskatoon mother and her son were found alive and well according to the Saskatoon Police Service on Friday at around 11:30 a.m.