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May 12, 2017

 

STATEMENT FROM FAMILY OF JOSIAH BEGG

THUNDER BAY, ON: Family members have issued the following statement regarding the disappearance of 14-year-old Josiah Begg, of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, who went missing in Thunder Bay over the weekend:

 “We would like to thank everyone who has come forward to help find our Josiah. Josiah is a good person and we miss him dearly. He is outgoing, helpful and has always tried his best. We want him to know that we need him back and we want him to come home. We appreciate the support we have received from local organizations, the city of Thunder Bay and surrounding communities, and we ask for more volunteers to help with our search. We know it has been difficult, but we need all the help we can get. Every bit of information helps, and we implore anyone with any information to come forward. This is very hard on our family, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and Peawanuck First Nation. We are strengthened by God and the Creator and the many prayers we are receiving.”

 Josiah was last seen on Saturday May 6, 2017 around 10 p.m. near Vale Community Centre. He is described as slim build, 5’8”, 130 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, red hoody, and grey/white sweat pants.

 NAN has mobilized Bear Clan and citizen volunteers to assist with the search and has established a Search Command Centre.

 Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Josiah is asked to contact Thunder Bay Police at (807) 684-1200, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the NAN Search Command Centre at (807) 630-1982. After hours call 911 for emergencies.

 Any inquiries from the community members requesting updates on the search are asked to contact family liason John Fox, 807.629.0371

 Note to Media: The family respectful declines all media requests until further notice. Meegwetch for your cooperation.

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