Marcus McKay
North American Missing Persons Network
Marcus McKay

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Above Images: McKay, circa 2000

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 15, 2000 from Mallard, Manitoba
  • Classification: Endangered
  • Date Of Birth: February 06, 1992
  • Age: 8
  • Height: 4'2"/127 cm
  • Weight: 70 lbs./32 kg
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Aboriginal/Native
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: Jeans and a T-Shirt
  • Case Number: 4134-U / MB10065 2000-872 2004-430
    MB10067 2000-3332
  • Dentals: Protruding upper teeth

  • Details of Disappearance
    Marcus went missing while on a hunting trip with his family, on July 15, 2000, in a remote bush area, near Mallard, Manitoba.

    The Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister coordinated an extensive search for Marcus with the mayor and council of Manitoba; community members; the RCMP, Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (MEMO); the military, provincial government employees, the Salvation Army; and the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

    Marcus was hunting with his stepfather and several others on that Saturday on the east shore of Waterhen Lake when, after the party had shot a deer, saying he was tired, Marcus offered to wait with the carcass while his stepfather went to round up the others. When the group returned an hour later, the boy had vanished. Although there have been some reports of footprints, none have provided any solid leads, according to RCMP. The search area, originally concentrating on an eight-kilometre radius from the spot where he was last seen, was expanded the during the first week of searching, when another set of footprints was found. The area was searched with the aid of a helicopter and two spotter airplanes. Marcus did not know the area, as he had just moved to Mallard from Winnipeg, two weeks before he went missing.

    The RCMP officially called off the search at the end of July, and a coroner said due to weather conditions, black bears and terrain, he did not believe the boy survived past a few days. Marcus' family however says there was plenty of natural food for him to survive, and believe he was running scared, and trying to stay warm. RCMP police dogs were brought in the second week, to try to find evidence on his disappearance. Volunteers searched for Marcus for over two months, but never found any sign of the boy.

    Marcus' mom and step-father had to move out of town, due to constant allegations of their involvement in the boys disappearance. RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Steve Saunders said investigators are still reviewing the case, and that foul play has not been ruled out.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Winnipeg Police Services
    Long Term Missing Persons Unit

    Crime Stoppers
    1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

    Source Information
    Child Find Canada/Trouvaille D'Enfant Le Canada
    Manitoba Government/Gouvernement De Manitoba
    Collection of Articles Sarinfo Library-Rescues/La collection d'articles Sarinfo Bibliothèque-Sauve
    The Drum Manitoba's Source for Aboriginal News