A local community is pulling together in a frantic search for a missing teen on the Ochapawace First Nation, east of Regina.
Despite a weeklong search effort, no trace of 17-year-old Kelly Allary has been found.
Allary is described as a likeable teen, dependable and who enjoys sports.
Family and friends say it is not like him to just wander off without contacting anyone.
Allary was last seen walking down a road on the Ochapawace reserve Monday May 19.
Chief Margaret Bear says volunteers have been out every day looking for the teen.
She says the entire Ochapawace community and a number of surrounding First Nations have come together to help out in the search.
“People from outside the community, you know our First Nation people, the hurt of one is the hurt of all, so when they know a community is hurting and in need they all pull together,” she says.
RCMP was also stepping up the search Monday.
Officers are conducting an aerial search of the area and RCMP Sgt. Craig Cleary says there are concerns about Allary’s well being.
“You know it’s definitely cause for concern not only for us but for the family that he has not made any contact with anyone for a week,” he says.
Chief Bear says the family is struggling but is consoled by the support shown from so many in the community.
She adds community members are holding out hope Allary will be found safe and sound. Bear says regardless of the outcome, the family needs to know what happened.