Update: The Lethbridge Police Service Facebook page is reporting that Skyla Craig and Griffin Vargo have been found and are safe.
Original Story: Police in Alberta have issued a plea for the public’s assistance in locating two missing Lethbridge youths: Skyla Craig and Griffin Vargo.
The two were last seen on Friday in the vicinity of Walsh and University Drives where they were said to be purchasing camping equipment. While there is “no evidence of foul play,” the whereabouts of the missing teens appears to have baffled police and family members.
Police describe Skyla Craig as being 13-years-old, standing 5-feet-4 inches tall, being of average build, and having long brown hair. Skyla was said to have been wearing a ” ‘Gators’ GS Lakie hoody and blue converse shoes” when she was last seen.
Griffin Vargo is described as being 14-years-old, standing 5-feet-8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, sporting “bleached blonde” hair styled with shaved sides, being a wearer of glasses, and being last seen wearing “dark jeans, a black hoody and black and green runners.”
Facebook users can be seen tagging Griffin Vargo on the Lethbridge Police Facebook page and using the hashtags #findgriffin2k16 and #griffinmissin2K16, yet searches using the hashtags yield no results.
Others on Facebook have speculated that the pair have simply gone camping for the weekend without telling anyone, others wrote that the situation appears consistent with that of “runaways,” and others still expressed sympathy for the teens’ loved ones and the plight of the teens themselves.
“Praying for their safety and hoping they will be back with their families soon!” Michelle Talbot wrote on the Lethbridge Police Service Facebook page.
Anyone who has seen the missing Lethbridge teens or knows anything about their plans for the weekend has been asked to call the city police at 403-328-4444. Alternatively, those with information about the whereabouts of Skyla Craig and Griffin Vargo can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit information online with www.tipsubmit.com.
In the month of March, 2016 alone, the Alberta Police Report has published articles on 5 missing people, in addition to Craig and Vargo. Natalya Niles was featured in a March 10 report, after being missing since December, and was reported found by Global News on March 13. Tucassie Arlooktoo went missing from Red Deer on March 8; reports on the 32-year-old woman being found remain elusive. [Update: The RCMP report that Ms. Arlooktoo has been found.] Christopher Milikan was featured on March 9 and subsequently reported to have been found and safe by Global News on March 10. Krista Traviss, a 28-year-old from Spruce Grove, was reported missing in a March 9 report. Traviss is thought to have last been in contact with her family on March 4, and reports of her being found remain elusive. [Update: The Alberta RCMP report that Krista has been found.] Also on March 9, Renea Ashlie Morris’ photo was shared, and police asked for the public’s assistance in locating the 18-year-old. Knowledge of Morris’ location appears to continue to elude authorities. [Update: Renea Ashlie Morris was reported found on March 9 by the Alberta RCMP.]
Krista Traviss has been located. Thank you for your assistance.— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) March 16, 2016
Renea Morris has been located. Thank you for your assistance.— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) March 10, 2016
In 2014, there were 41,342 children reported missing, according to the Missing Children Society of Canada. The Government of Canada reports that 20,871 adults went missing in 2014. The same year, the FBI reports that 650,155 missing persons reports were filed in the United States. Based on these numbers, the United States suffered missing person cases at approximately 3.3 times the per capita rate observed in Canada through 2014.
Based in part on a leading “quality of life” ranking, Canada was listed as the second best place to live in the world, in a recent report by the Inquisitr. Germany earned top spot on the best places list, followed by Canada, and then the United Kingdom, the United States, “Sweden, Australia, Japan, France, The Netherlands, and Denmark.”
“You’re more likely to be shot to death in the United States than you are to die in a car accident in Canada,” Global News has commented with regard to Canadian quality of life.
[Photo via Lethbridge Police Service]