The search is ongoing for two Canadian Rangers from Alberta who went missing in late April.
The two rangers were part of a group of four men who went on a hunting expedition on the evening of April 23.
“It’s been a difficult time for the group, for the families for the patrol up in Fort Chipewyan. Whenever you lose a member of the family, there’s always a sadness, a heartfelt impact that resonates with everybody. It makes you sit back and reflect, and look at what these guys had done in terms of being Rangers and the other things they had worked toward within the patrol. And you look back at the families, as well, how they’re feeling, what they’re going through, and [you] give them the support they need to get through this time,” said Capt. Christopher Poulton, CD, Public Affairs Officer, 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.
Early last week, the body of Canadian Ranger Walter Ladouceur was discovered in the Rocher River in Northern Alberta. A few days later they found the body of the fourth man in the hunting expedition group, Keanan Cardinal.
RCMP and Canadian Rangers are still looking for Canadian Ranger Andrew Ladouceur and Canadian Ranger Keith Marten.
Marten and Walter both served with the Fort Chipewyan Canadian Ranger Patrol, part of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group for the last 15 years. Walter’s brother, Andrew, joined the Fort Chipewyan Canadian Ranger Patrol in 2016.
The incident has been a real “loss” for the entire 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, says Poulton.
“All three of them were very valuable members of the community. Highly experienced outdoorsmen, they knew the area, they knew the land, they had the skills to live on the land, this is what they, did this was their life,” added Poulton.