Alberta RCMP Sweeping North Saskatchewan River For Missing Persons


Two RCMP officers patrol the North Saskatchewan River by boat on August 20, 2015. RCMP are conducting a two-day sweep of the river in search of missing persons.

By Red Power Media, Staff

The Alberta RCMP Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Unit are conducting an aerial sweep of the North Saskatchewan River to possibly recover the remains of missing people who are believed to have entered the river at some point.

The search Thursday and Friday started with an RCMP helicopter travelling from the eastern Edmonton city limit to the Saskatchewan border. An RCMP jet boat will also be combing the river banks between Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton, travelling farther down the river to the Vinca Bridge at Highway 831 if water levels allow.

There are 38 missing people who have been reported to RCMP detachments in communities along the river.

The Edmonton city police service also currently has several ongoing investigations in which the missing person is believed to have entered the North Saskatchewan River.

The remains of four people who went missing in Edmonton have been discovered on the banks of the river (in eastern Alberta and western Saskatchewan) since 2010.

The operation has been launched now because the water levels of the North Saskatchewan River are at their lowest and clearest at this time of year.