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RCMP continue search described as ‘recovery mission’ for missing boy
RCMP continue to search the waters of Echo Lake, looking for a missing seven-year-old boy.
Greagan Geldenhuys has been missing since Friday afternoon. On Monday, police said the search efforts are now being treated as a recovery effort.
Greagan’s mother, Tamaine Geldenhuys, was found dead on Saturday afternoon. Greagan hasn’t been seen since. Police do not believe foul play to be a factor in Greagan’s disappearance or his mother’s death.
Greagan’s siblings, Corrinna Howard and Ryan Geldenhuys, joined in the search on Tuesday/
“We just want to find him alive, but if not, we want closure,” his family said.
The RCMP dive team has completed its search of the water near B-Say-Tah. On Tuesday, the search focused on the east end of Echo Lake, near the Fort Campground.
“The water is kind of murky, so it’s difficult to see down deep into the water,” said Rob Nelson, a family member. “We can pretty much see the surface and may get three feet below, so we are checking through all the docks, along the shoreline and putting paddles into the water to see if we can find anything.”
In a statement on Monday, the family said they believe the death to be a swimming accident.
“(They) just went to the beach for a fun day and just took a turn for the worse. That’s all we can really think of right now,” Ryan said.
RCMP boat patrol are also helping in the search, which could move to Mission Lake later on Tuesday.