Red Earth Cree Nation opens search for missing 5-year-old boy to outside volunteers

A First Nation in northeast Saskatchewan says they are not giving up on their search for five-year-old Frank Young.

Young disappeared from his home in the Cree Nation of Red Earth, about 300 km northeast of Saskatoon, just after noon CST on Tuesday.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the community said it now allows volunteers to join research groups.

It also accepted electronic money transfers to help with research. Requests and donations are accepted here.

“We thank all volunteers, surrounding communities and the media for your concern for our community and for little Frank,” the message read.

The RCMP, local search teams, other First Nations and the Saskatchewan Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (SARSAV) combed the area for clues to where Young could be found.

Crews searched the local Carrot River using boats. RCMP also used a search aircraft with infrared imagery to search for the boy.

Police do not believe Young was abducted.

At a news conference last week, Chief Marcel Head of nearby Shoal Lake First Nation said Young’s parents were “totally devastated” but grateful for the public support. Both parents are members of Shoal Lake First Nation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Carrot River RCMP.