Boy found alive after going missing from First Nation in northeastern Alberta

Searchers, some on horseback, combed a rural road Tuesday for signs of a missing five-year-old boy. He has been found alive. (Travis McEwan/CBC - image credit)
Searchers, some on horseback, combed a rural road Tuesday for signs of a missing five-year-old boy. He has been found alive. (Travis McEwan/CBC - image credit)

A five-year-old boy whose disappearance Monday triggered an emotional search in Frog Lake Cree Nation, about 260 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, has been found alive, RCMP say.

The boy, who had been missing for more than 24 hours, had last been seen at about 2:30 p.m. MT at his home. The disappearance was not suspicious.

Elk Point RCMP said the boy was located Tuesday "a few kilometres" from his home and will need medical attention for exposure.

As many as 300 people had been searching for the boy. The searchers include people from about 10 First Nations and Métis settlements, RCMP said, as well as RCMP members and others.

Mounties said the search was assisted by Edmonton Police Service and Alberta RCMP helicopters, Alberta RCMP police dog services and more than 100 members of the public.

"The RCMP would like to thank the public for their outpouring of support and hours spent searching, the media for spreading the word and the Edmonton Police Service for their assistance," the Elk Point detachment said in a news release.

The search effort for Jager Cross-Memnook was into its second day Tuesday.
The search effort for Jager Cross-Memnook was into its second day Tuesday.

The search effort for the boy had been into its second day Tuesday. (Travis McEwan/CBC)