The search for a missing teenager is now into its fifth day and is now being expanded to outside the Perimeter Highway.
Cooper Nemeth, 17, went missing after leaving a house party in the Kildonan area.
Family and friends have been organizing search parties since Monday from Gateway Community Centre. On Tuesday, well over 100 people showed up and covered areas in the Valley Gardens area.
So far, nothing has turned up
Cooper’s Aunt, Laresa Sayles tells 680 CJOB, the family is not giving up anytime soon.
“I love this kid,” Sayles said fighting back tears.
“He’s my only nephew, I have to do this for my only brother – he’s my big brother. I have to keep pushing, it’s my role in this”
Sayles mentioned that they received a tip that Cooper was spotted at Siloam Mission on Princess Street Wednesday morning, but their search of the downtown area offered up no new clues.
“It was something for us to go with, to give us a bit of hope,” Sayles said.
“They’re looking through the surveillance and the shelters have been aware he’s been missing since Monday.”
The search is now expanding into the Transcona and St. Boniface areas. They are also asking for volunteers to look in the Selkirk and Lockport areas where Cooper’s grandparents live. They’re also now meeting three times a day.
Winnipeg Police confirmed members of their Ground Search and Rescue Unit are conducting search north of the Perimeter along Henderson Highway.
Anyone wanting to volunteer can find more information here.
Nemeth was last seen wearing black jacket with a River East Marauders hockey logo on the front, black pants, and brown skater runners.
A twitter account associated with the search asks that people refrain from wearing jackets that look like Nemeth’s:
Anyone who is looking for cip and wearing a marauders jacket please take it off! Repeat DO NOT WEAR MARAUDERS CLOTHING! #findcip
— Bring Home Cip (@findcip) February 18, 2016
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.
Police Looking For Two Witnesses
Police are looking for two witnesses – “Derek” and “Brittany” who may have been with him the morning he went missing. They may have been driving a white Honda Civic.
Detective Sgt. Shaunna Neufeld of the Missing Person’s Unit says police aren’t able to reveal many details because of the ongoing investigation, but want to speak to this pair.
“We really need the public’s help in identifying who Derek and who Brittany are. We’re asking that anyone with information regarding these individuals come forward or anyone with any other information come forward,” she said.
And as his friends and family continue to wait, Nemeth’s dad Brent has a message for his son.
“Cooper, if you can see this, your friends need you, your team needs you, we need you. We love you, Cooper. Please come home and we can figure everything out. Doesn’t matter. We can take care of it,” he said.
Brent Nemeth says his family is overwhelmed by those wanting to help find Cooper.
“I didn’t realize how many people must have liked Cooper. It’s overwhelming and (we’re) grateful,” he said.