By Marianne Curtis
The search for a Winnipeg man presumed lost while hunting in the Sandilands has been called off but family members remain hopeful.
On November 28, police called off the search for Norman Brad Lambert (known as Brad) after nearly two weeks of combing the Sandilands Provincial Forest.
According to police, 46 year old Lambert was last seen November 15 in the Marchand area on his way deer hunting. He was reported missing when he failed to report to work a few days later.
RCMP Sergeant Rod Karpish led to search for Lambert.
“We had fifteen searchers looking for the man’s pickup truck in the area of the Sandilands Provincial Forest,” stated Karpish. “We patrolled the roads on 4x4s and we checked all trails that were accessed in this area.”
The RCMP also conducted an aerial search but no trace of Lambert or his vehicle were found.
“Any trails that have been driven down by either a vehicle or a quad are being checked, pretty much from Marchand to the Ontario border,” Karpish added.
Steinbach RCMP Sergeant Joanne Ryll confirmed that police have stopped searching for now.
“There is a possibility of another aerial search but that remains to be determined,” noted Ryll. Police are now investigating leads they have received but would not say what they are.
RCMP had hoped to find Lambert before snow covered the area and buried any tracks but were unable to find any trace of the man.
Lambert is described as about six feet tall and 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing camouflage clothing and driving a black Ford F-150 truck. A cross-Canada alert has been issued for Lambert and his vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call their local police agency or the Winnipeg Police Service missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.
Police are looking for information leading to the whereabouts of Brad Lambert who was last seen in Marchand November 15.