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Missing 4-year-old boy found safe, say RCMP

Ian Holliday, CTV News Vancouver

Published Sunday, August 18, 2019 12:22 PM PST

Last Updated Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:06 PM PST

Mounties in Mackenzie, B.C., say a four-year-old boy who had been missing since early Saturday afternoon has been found.

Hundreds of volunteers, as well as police and search and rescue crews from the nearby Prince George area, worked all day Sunday to find the boy, named George.

Police said he was berry-picking with his family when he became separated from them. This happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officers were notified of the boy's disappearance shortly after 1 p.m. and called for help with the search.

Police and search and rescue crews from Mackenzie, Prince George, Fort St. John, Fort St. James, and Chetwynd are all looking for the boy.

An RCMP helicopter was also called in to assist in the search on Saturday. The helicopter was unable to resume search Sunday due to weather conditions in the area, according to RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Madonna Saunderson.

Anyone assisting in the search was asked to report to the command center at Lions Lake Provincial Park on Saturday. On Sunday, the command center was moved to the Mackenzie Recreation Center, Saunderson said.

In a Facebook post, Mackenzie resident Tamara Wiese encouraged members of the public to sign up to join the search effort. She also shared two pictures of George.

On Sunday morning, Mackenzie Search and Rescue posted that they had received hundreds of volunteers looking to join the search.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available

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