Family continues search for missing soldierRyan Ellis, Global Edmonton: Monday, May 9, 2011
Family, friends and even complete strangers spent the weekend searching for a missing Edmonton soldier, picking up the search that police and military personnel called off on Friday.
Master Cpl. Richard Curnow disappeared last Thursday during a 10 kilometre training run through Edmonton's river valley.
At its peak, the search team comprised upwards of 70 people - including soldiers from the Edmonton Garrison, police officers and Edmonton Fire Rescue members. Both the EPS and the military called off their physical searches Friday afternoon.
Curnow's wife Justine MacKenzie-Curnow said she understood why the search had been called off, but vowed that family and friends would continue the effort.
"I'm clinging to every bit of optimism I can hang on to," MacKenzie-Curnow said.
Family and friends spent the weekend scouring trails throughout the river valley and distributing posters throughout the city. Even strangers have picked up the cause.
"He's got a wife and daughter, I have a wife and a couple of daughters," said John Ward, who volunteered his time this weekend. "I'd want people looking for me. If I can help I will."
MacKenzie-Curnow said she's been inspired by the help the family has received, but not surprised.
"A lot of them are parents that know we have a three-year-old that are saying 'what can we do to bring your daughter's father home?,'" MacKenzie-Curnow said. "It's hard not to get emotional because it means so much."
The family has also set up a Facebook page dedicated to spreading information about the search for Curnow, and are encouraging those interested in helping to spread the word through online social networks like Twitter.http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/Family+continues+search+missing+soldier/4751618/story.html