Search continues for missing boys at Minn. Indian reservation, police concerned as temps fall


Saturday, November 25th 2006, 2:43 pm
By: News On 6


RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) Authorities grew more concerned Saturday about two young brothers missing for three days from the Red Lake Indian Reservation after temperatures dipped below freezing overnight.

Teams of searchers aided by specially trained dogs and aircraft with sophisticated camera equipment continued their search Saturday for Tristan Anthony White, 4, and Avery Lee Stately, 2, both missing since Wednesday.

``The weather had been mild, but last night with those kinds of temps that does concern us, if there were children in the woods going into a third night,'' FBI Special Agent Paul McCabe said.

The FBI was also investigating the possibility that the boys were taken; McCabe said a tip line set up Friday generated about 35 phone calls but no hard leads.

Members of the boys' family were holding out hope late Friday that they would be found, but were also preparing for the worst.

``We probably would have found them by now if they were in the area,'' said their grandfather, Myron Jones.

McCabe said there were about 100 trained searchers and law enforcement officers out searching Saturday morning. Dive teams were using underwater cameras and concentrating on three lakes close to the boys' home.

The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of the boys.

The Red Lake Reservation was in the news less than two years ago, when 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed his grandfather and grandfather's girlfriend on the reservation on March 21, 2005, then went to the high school and killed seven more people, including a teacher and a security guard, before killing himself.