THUNDER BAY – It has likely been a very long day today for the friends and family of Jordan Wabasse. Search efforts have focused on the area around the James Street Swing Bridge, as the O.P.P. dive team starts looking for the 15 year old Webiquie First Nations youth. Wabasse has been missing since last Monday. He was last seen getting off of a Thunder Bay Transit bus.
The OPP dive team got going today, and by late afternoon had called off their efforts for the evening as light in the water is an issue for the divers.
The team is expected to continue working on Wednesday morning.
The searchers have been doing everything they can. The support from across the region from First Nations communities has been incredible.
Webiquie First Nation, in a statement issued last night expressed the appreciation from the family to the City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Police Department, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police and all the volunteers.
It is at times like this where the real spirit of our communities come to the forefront. We have seen a glimpse of how our future should be. We have seen civic leaders and First Nations leaders working together. We have seen how together we can work. That is a positive move forward.
Today, so far, no one knows the fate of young Jordan Wabasse. Our thoughts and prayers are with this young man, and his family and friends. Our hopes are that there will be a happy ending to this story.