Family organizes search for loved one

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The family of Robert Stamp is hoping to find some closure after going through something no one ever wants to experience.

Stamp, a 25-year-old man from Saddle Lake, went missing in early November, 2016.

According to information released by St. Paul RCMP at the time, police out of the area located Stamp’s vehicle near Highway 15 and Range Road 202, shortly after he went missing.

Now, a group of family members, including Stamp’s spouse, Jena Hunter, who Stamp has two children with, are organizing themselves to conduct a search of Saddle Lake on May 6 and 7, weather permitting.

“It’s been really tough,&” says Hunter’s mother, Priscilla Lapatak, who is also among those organizing the search. She notes that Stamp’s disappearance has been especially difficult for her three-year-old grandson, who is lonely for his dad.

Lapatak says she is hoping to encourage other people to join in the efforts and volunteer their time to help find Stamp.

“The sooner we find him, the sooner we can have closure,&” says Lapatak.

Organizers are also looking for donations of water and food to offer search volunteers, and financial support for gas that will be need to be purchased to conduct the search.

A preliminary meeting will be held prior to the search taking place.

Stamp’s disappearance has been treated as suspicious from the beginning.

“Police believe that Robert may have been the victim of foul play,&” said the RCMP media release at the time. And about a month later, two people were charged with second-degree murder in relation to Stamp’s disappearance.

On Nov. 8 at 4 a.m., RCMP responded to a residence in Saddle Lake, in response to reports of a man being shot. Police did not locate the victim, which was believed to be Stamp, but they did find “significant evidence&” that foul play was likely to have occurred, according to a media release dated Dec. 19.

Jordan Steinhauer (26) and Sara Brertton (26), both of Saddle Lake and Edmonton, were charged with second degree murder. Brertton is set to be in court June 22 for a preliminary hearing, while Steinhauer’s preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 24.

Fundraisers will be taking place to help raise money to conduct the upcoming search. For more information, or to get involved in the search efforts, contact Lapatak at (780) 726-2493.

Other search organizers include Robert Plante, Peggy Wood, and Jena Hunter.

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