Search widened for missing man

The OPP Northwest Patrol Unit has widened a search for a 33-year-old Big Trout Lake man who’s been missing since Monday.
The search now includes volunteers from Kasabonika and Kingfisher Lake, and is being co-ordinated by the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) aided by an OPP helicopter, airplane and two K-9 units, Sr. Cst. R.D. Neelin said this morning.
“They’re pretty sure he’s trying to find his way back to the community. It’s possible he doesn’t know anyone’s looking for him,” he noted.
Robert Sainawap originally was dropped off at a trapline location 30 miles south of Big Trout Lake on Oct. 9. He was scheduled to be picked up last Friday but the plane was unable to land.
“That was due to the weather—a low ceiling,” said Neelin.
When the plane finally arrived Monday, the pilot couldn’t locate the man. Community members from Big Trout Lake immediately began searching for him.
“The weather hasn’t exactly been ideal for this kind of a search,” admitted Neelin, adding it’s been cloudy and wet there like much of the region.
“But they’re still pretty confident they’re going to find him,” he noted, adding clues like a lean-to have been found.