Hundreds Continue Searching for Missing Austin Toddler on Friday

RCMP is being assisted by hundreds of volunteers, trained search and rescue crews, Winnipeg Police Service Air1 helicopter and police dog services as they all look for the missing 2-year-old Chase Martens. The RCMP has revealed that even though no physical evidence has been found during the search for the missing boy, it is not stopping volunteers and trained professionals from looking.

According to the searchers, they are fighting with strong winds, chilly temperatures and challenging terrain, whereas fatigue is now also a factor since the search began on Tuesday. A firefighter from nearby Lansdowne trained in search and rescue, Kim Braun, stressed that “I just want him found.” There was an overnight hiatus to give trained search and rescue personnel a break but the search for Chase Martens resumed on Friday morning at 9 a.m. In addition to that, the RCMP revealed to have had deployed drones in order to assist with mapping and photography of the search area so they have requested everyone with aircraft around Austin to avoid the search area. Officers fear that if any small aircraft entered the search area, the drones will have to be grounded.

According to Chase Martens’ family, he was last seen playing outside his home on Tuesday, March 22 around 6 p.m. Whereas, the two-year-old hasn’t been seen since Tuesday night at 6 p.m. when his parents last saw Chase playing outside their home near Austin. Thomas Martens confessed on Thursday evening during an emotional plea to the public for information about his son’s whereabouts that “Chase vanished without a trace.”

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