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Candlelight vigil planned for toddler lost to Wapiti River

UPDATE: Myles’ family has shared a message of thanks to the community.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers, support and donations in our time of recent tragedy.

Thank you to everyone who searched endlessly to help us recover Myles and send him to rest with our angels.

We would like to give a huge validation to:

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Grande Prairie RCMP
Grande Prairie Police Dog Services
Grande Prairie Technical Search and Rescue
Greenview Search and Rescue
Grande Cache Search and Rescue
Dennis LaFlamme, Helicopter Pilot
RCMP Underwater Recovery Team
River Rats
Wapiti Off-Road Association
Civilian Volunteers
All the community that provided donations
There are no words we can use to express the compassion and love that we have felt.

Mark, Alicia, Marshall, Amelia Letto”

A candlelight vigil has been planned for a two-year-old boy swept away the Wapiti River late last week. A body found on the Peace River Thursday morning has been tentatively identified as the toddler who went missing from a spot on the beach by the Canfor Bridge on Friday, July 6th.

A family friend says the vigil will be held at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th at that spot for anyone who wishes to pay their respects and support the family. They’re hoping people will stick to the north shore but are also encouraging people to hold candles at other locations along the river, like at O’Brien Park or Magoo’s Landing.

“We want to light as much of the valley as we can.”

Organizers want the event to be safe for those who attend, as well as the environment. They are asking that no one stands on the bridge and that nothing be placed in the water.

In the days following the boy named Myles’ disappearance, several agencies and volunteers scoured the area by land, water, and air. Grande Prairie residents also showed their support by placing teddy bears outside their homes and sharing them on social media with the hashtag #teddybearsformyles, and it’s estimated more than 50 boxes of coffee and donuts were donated to those searching on the second day alone.

The mother of the boy has shared a message through the family friend, saying she doesn’t have words to express her gratitude for all of the support and everything everyone has done to help.

“Thank you,” she says.

The family continues to ask for their privacy, including at the vigil.

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