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Saturday , 19 June 2021
Arthur C. Green/Lakeland Connect

Update: Search continues for missing 17-year-old on Beaver River

It’s been a very difficult week for the Thir family and they have released that Aaron’s body has been recovered from the Beaver River.

“It is not the conclusion we had all hoped for, but he is home again, and the processing of this profound grief can begin.  Of course, we please ask that the families privacy be respected, and thank you all again for your contributions,” the family stated.

Earlier story…

The search continues for missing 17-year-old Aaron Thir at this hour on the Beaver River.

Yesterday, June 5, at approximately 12:15 p.m. members of the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment were dispatched to locate a missing 17-year-old youth, Aaron Thir, who had been swept away while fishing on the Beaver River.

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Members of the Cold Lake Detachment, Cold Lake Fire and Rescue Services along with EMS attended, and emergency personnel searched the banks of the Beaver River.  Civilian Search and Rescue resources were called to assist, along with the Canadian Armed Forces Search and Rescue (SAR), which has provided a helicopter and crew.  The search continued throughout the day on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday June 6. A new command centre has been set up in Cherry Grove as the search continues into the evening.

Dense brush and lack of trails have made the ground search difficult. Swift currents within the river, logs, and rocks in the water made the water treacherous for the searchers.

Cold Lake SAR are being joined by Lloydminster Search and Rescue, and other resources are being sought to continue the search.

Lakeland Connect is on scene and will bring you more information on search efforts when they become available.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!