"This is an initiative that takes place each year when the water levels start to fall"
October 7, 2020
Police, fire and rescue, city officials, and search and rescue dogs began searching the shoreline of the North Saskatchewan River for missing persons and human remains Wednesday.
The annual search is conducted in the fall when the river levels are low and it will be led by the Edmonton Police Service’s missing persons unit. Police drones, RCMP helicopters, city park rangers, Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services, and the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Alberta all take part.
EPS are using both the RCMP helicopter and Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems from the EPS in the search.
The search will launch from the EPS boat launch, near the EPCOR water treatment facility, and will stretch to the east and west along the river’s shoreline. The search is expected to last all day and should wrap up in the late afternoon, police said.