Members of the Bear Clan are now assisting in the search for 32-year-old Darren Burnard of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation.

The Bear Clan Patrol of Fort Frances says they were contacted by the Chief of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Clayton Wetelainen, as well as community members to assist in the search, and Bear Clan patrol volunteers are now in Wabigoon.

Groups of volunteers, snowmachines, GPS mapping and drones are now being used to find Burnard’s whereabouts.

“If you see us in the Dryden area, don’t be alarmed,” said Bear Clan Patrol member James Eastman, in a social media video. “We are pounding the pavement as we say, hoping to find this young man and bring him home safely.”

James EastmanJames Eastman with the Bear Clan Patrol. 

The Dryden Police Service says Burnard was last seen in the Dryden area on December 31, 2021. He is described as a caucasian male, roughly 5’9” and 160 lbs. His clothing description is unknown.

Darren BurnardPhoto courtesy of the Dryden Police Service. 

The Bear Clan is asking for more volunteers in the search. Volunteers can sign up at the Paawidigong Office at 105 King Street in Dryden, where COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Volunteers are asked to send one person in with a list of names of your search group. More information on their efforts can be found on their Facebook page. 

Residents with any information are asked to contact the Dryden Police Service at 807-223-2367, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or volunteers James Eastman at 807-276-2332 or Tyson Gardner at 807-220-2045.

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