THUNDER BAY, ON   ----   FEBRUARY 14, 2011 --------  Webequie First Nation Chief Jordan Wabasse and Council Webequie First Nationissued the following statement today on behalf of the family of missing 15-year-old Jordan Wabasse of Webequie First Nation who was reportedly last seen on Monday February 7, 2011 in Thunder Bay, ON.

 “The family of 15 year old Jordan Wabasse expresses their appreciation for the assistance that is being provided by the City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Police Department, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police and volunteers during this difficult time. The family is also very grateful to all of the organizations, communities and Jordan’s hockey team – The Current River Comets, who have provided financial support in the search effort. The parents are very hopeful that the massive search will result in a positive outcome and will find Jordan alive and well. The family continues to plea to the general public for support in searching for Jordan and also ask that the media respect their privacy at this time,” Webequie First Nation Chief and Council.

Thunder Bay Police are investigating suspicious foot prints which were found just after 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.  Volunteer searchers discovered the footprints in snow near an area of open water located just east of the James Street swing bridge.  The volunteers were searching the area in connection with the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Jordan WABASSE.

The O.P.P.’s dive team has been contacted and will be assisting the Thunder Bay Police Service in this investigation.

The search operation involving the O.P.P. dive team is expected to get underway sometime after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Access to the James Street swing bridge will be restricted during the search operation.  At some point in the morning, vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be stopped when the operation is fully underway.  We are asking that the general public avoid this section of James Street during this period.

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