Saskatoon police say a woman and her seven-year-old son who were reported missing last month have been located and are safe in Oregon.
Investigators say arrangements were being made with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to have Dawn Walker and the boy brought back to Canada.
Both are “safe and well” and were found in Oregon City, a community on the southern edge of Portland.
READ the police news release here
Police allege the woman and her son “illegally entered the United States” and she will meet with investigators in Saskatoon “pending any legal action by U.S. authorities.”
Walker was last seen at a business in Saskatoon on July 22.
Her red Ford F-150 truck and personal belongings were later found at Chief Whitecap Park, near the South Saskatchewan River just south of the city, leading to concerns for her and her child’s safety.
Walker is a senior-level employee with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatoon (FSIN).
The advocacy organization spearheaded an ongoing search for the pair, and issued its own amber alert.
“At FSIN we know why First Nations women go missing and recognize that there are many complex issues that
surround their disappearances,” FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear said in a news release after police announced Walker was found.
“…Despite being a successful writer and having a law degree, what is clear is that Dawn was no exception to this. Every day, our women feel they are alone and do not know what to do in their desperate situations. We are the protectors of our children and it’s our duty to ensure their safety.”