Norman Wells RCMP announce they are suspending RCMP lead search efforts for a missing Norman Wells man.
20-year-old Darren Whiteman was last seen last Tuesday, September 11th at a cabin on Lennie Lake. He was reported missing the following day.
Ground, air and water searches took place by both locals and law enforcement around the lake and surrounding communities. RCMP Police Dog Services also assisted in the search.
Today a press release issued by the Mounties stated the RCMP lead search has decided to make the difficult decision to suspend its efforts in the search for Whiteman.
While the RCMP lead search has suspended its search, the file will remain open.
Mounties say the file will remain open until the person is located, reaches the age of 110 or when birth age cannot be determined 92 years after the person was last seen.
A statement issued by Cpl Robert Frizzel says “It is always a difficult decision to make and no one involved takes that responsibility lightly. We wish to thank all the volunteers and support agencies who put in long hours in sometimes difficult conditions to continue this search. Our sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Whiteman.”
Whiteman is described as Indigenous, 5’9 inches tall, 120 lbs with a slender build, brown eyes and black hair.