After 11 days, 15-year-old Canadian gamer Brandon Crisp remains missing.
Rewards in the case have increased to $20,000, while a message on the Facebook group Where is Brandon Crisp? outlines a major volunteer search effort that will begin today and last through the weekend:
The public search for Brandon will take place Friday – Sunday October 24 – 26. The command centre for the search each day will be located at Burl’s Creek in Oro, and teams will be organised there to search throughout Oro and Orillia.
In addition to ground-searching, volunteers may be asked to perform support-related duties for the search, canvass neighbourhoods and post flyers in high-traffic locations.
The Command centre will operate Friday Saturday and Sunday from 10 am through 5 pm. As we expect many volunteers, we ask for patience while we organise each volunteer into proper roles; we need to make sure we execute the search to the best of our ability.
Canada’s cnews reports that Brandon’s distraught mother, Angelika Crisp, clings to the idea that he was taken by a fellow gamer:
She insists her son was taken by some misfit teammate who may be participating in a bizarre video game that has somehow crossed over into reality.
Crisp said her son was "addicted" to the terrorist war game, Call of Duty, and might have met up with team players online.
"I think someone has him," Crisp said.
In addition to the Facebook group (which now has over 9,200 members), a website has been established at FindBrandonCrisp.com