Dawn Walker and her son Vincent Jansen, who had been reported missing, have been found thanks to the efforts of the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) and the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. On August 5 at approximately 11:30 local time, both individuals were discovered in Oregon City, Oregon (CST).
Both are said to be in good health and unharmed. Representatives from the agency are currently working out the particulars of the arrangements necessary for their trip back to Canada.
Walker, who is 48 years old, is a member of the Okanese Cree Nation and serves as the executive operating officer of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN). This organization is responsible for representing all 74 First Nations in the province of Saskatchewan. Recently, the FSIN discussed the possibility of giving a reward for the safe return of Walker and her son in the event that they were not located in a timely manner.
Walker is also a well-known author in the state of Saskatchewan, and his most recent book, The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour, was selected as one of the finalists for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humor on Wednesday.
During the federal election that took place in 2021, she represented the Liberal Party as the candidate for the Saskatoon-University riding. She received 10% of the vote.
SPS Missing Persons Unit and numerous other SPS units, government agencies, the RCMP, Saskatoon Fire Department, FSIN, external private industry partners, and members of the general public.
The following law enforcement agencies in Canada and the United States who worked to locate Walker and her child: Canadian Border Services Agency, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the Billings Police Detachment, and the Saskatoon Police Department were all involved in the search.
Recently, investigators were successful in demonstrating that the two individuals had entered the United States in a manner that was contrary to the law. After that, the investigators were able to follow them to a site in Oregon City, where collaboration between law enforcement agencies from both countries was deployed.
The ramifications of an unlawful entry into the United States, as well as any potential actions that may be taken in response to the situation, are now being considered by the relevant authorities. Dawn Walker will be flown back to Saskatoon to talk with investigators there, pending any action taken by authorities in the United States.
The process of handing Vincent Jansen over to a legal guardian is now being worked out by representatives from various United States government agencies in collaboration with the SPS. As the hunt for Walker progressed, her family members and other people who knew her well brought up allegations that she had been the victim of domestic abuse on multiple occasions. Heather Bear, the vice-chief of FSIN, has said numerous times to the media that they stand by their assertion.
The Saskatoon Police Service continues to ask anyone who may have information to get in touch with them at (306) 975-8300, Crime Stoppers at (1-800) 222-8477, or the law enforcement agency in their own community.
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