The family of missing teenager Cooper Nemeth continues to hold on to hope the young man will be found.
The Winnipeg Police Service confirmed a search warrant executed at a Valley Gardens home at 15 Treger Bay on Friday is linked to Cooper’s disappareance. Investigators were seen removing items and other articles in black plastic bags from the residence.
While it’s still a missing persons investigation, police say with the amount of information coming in, additional resources were needed. As a result, the homicide unit is now also involved.
A neighbour, who did not want to be identified, told 680 CJOB that Police also towed away a grey Cadillac later in the afternoon. “Yeah I think it was smashed too. It looked smashed,” the neighbour said. “I don’t know what happened obviously.”
Cooper’s aunt Laresa Sayles says it was a scary moment for the family.
“We were just told to go to the house, and we thought for sure that he was going to be in that car, dead. But he’s not. There’s no body yet, and that gives us hope. We need big momentum for this weekend.”
The Winnipeg teen has been missing since last Sunday when he attended a team hockey party and according to police, may have left with two individuals only known by the names of Derek and Brittany.
Throughout the week the community has continued to come together to find the missing teen, with a number of groups and businesses pitching in where they can.
The Winnipeg Thrashers hockey club with the Manitoba AAA Midget League have donated $1,100 from their 50/50 draw Friday night.
Thrasher Brendan Kochanski handled the draw, and tells 680 CJOB why they got involved:
“A lot of the guys from our team have played with Cooper in the past. We’ve gone to school with Cooper. Played against Cooper. We just wanted to do our part and show support, and help them out however we could.”
The Nemeth family has also received a ton of food from famlies wanting to help, which goes to the volunteers and at times has been donated to Siloam Mission.
Search efforts continue this weekend. If you’d like to volunteer, you can report to the Gateway Recreation Centre.