No new evidence after weekend search for Happy Charles

Cold and snowy conditions made things difficult for the local men and women involved in the search for Happy Charles over the weekend.

Roughly 20 members of the community came out on Saturday to search for Charles, who went missing on April 1, 2017. Another 13 game out to search on Sunday.

The search started in Prince Albert and extended roughly 10-15 km north of the city.

Conrad Burns, the Prince Albert Police Service’s missing person’s liaison said the search was unsuccessful, but that hasn’t deterred their efforts.

“Unfortunately we didn’t have any luck, but we will be looking and continuing to pursue finding Happy,” he said.

Burns said he’d like to do another search, but without more tips from the public it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.

The poor weather conditions added to the difficulty.

“Because of the snow, it was hard to find anything,” he said. “Unless we stumbled over some hard evidence, we weren’t going to find anything this weekend.”

Although they weren’t successful, Burns was impressed with the response from the community. A few eager residents and businesses stepped forward and offered to cook meals for those searching, and more have lined up to offer their services for free should another search happen in the future.

“We’re already getting a lot of support for the next search, when it does happen,” he said.

Charles originally went missing after heading to Prince Albert from her home in La Ronge, and was last scene in the vicinity of the Prince Albert Collegiate Institute. She is listed as 5’3” and roughly 112 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the Happy Charles case should contact the Prince Albert Police Service at 306-953-4248 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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