La Ronge, SK – The search continues for missing Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) trapper, Eric Ratt, 58, who was last seen when he left his brother’s cabin on Zimmer Lake, northern Saskatchewan on October 19, 2016. Zimmer Lake is approximately 7 kms from Key Lake Mine, 437 km from La Ronge, in northern Saskatchewan.

Ratt, an experienced bushman, grew up in the area on the family trapline. Searchers have been combing the area since he was reported missing. It is not unusual for Ratt to be gone for extended periods of time.

During an earlier aerial search, Ratt’s canoe was located on Highrock River, in the vicinity. It appears he left some of his items in the canoe indicating his intent to return. Further aerial searches conducted in the area early on in the search did not locate any additional signs of Ratt.

Four dogs and eight handlers from the Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association from Edmonton joined the search on Friday, December 31. They joined the search for three days, volunteering their time in efforts to locate Ratt.

The search led by LLRIB and the RCMP involves experienced trackers and two of Ratt’s brothers. The searchers continued consistently throughout extremely cold weather conditions through irregular terrain, taking only two days off for Christmas.

The Lac La Ronge RCMP ask anyone in the area to be aware of the search efforts for Eric Ratt. If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please contact the La Ronge RCMP Detachment at 306-425-6730 or call 911.

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