Sat, August 19, 2006
UPDATED: 2006-08-19 01:50:01 MST
By MAX MAUDIE AND AJAY BHARDWAJ, SUN MEDIA
-- While police called off their search for Robert Barrington Leigh
yesterday, family and friends vowed to keep hunting for the missing
"It is a bit disappointing," said Barrington
Leigh's older sister, Rosalind Barrington Craggs, 34, who came from
Vancouver to look for her brother.
"But I understand their point of view."
The search for 20-year-old Robert enters its sixth day today.
Police took over the search Thursday, setting up a command post in
Edmonton's Mill Creek area, a few blocks from the Barrington Leigh
But with no new leads, there's nothing more they
can do on the ground, said police spokesman Lisa Lammi, adding it was a
"tough decision" to call it quits at 4 p.m.
"Until you get other information to lead you in
another direction, I mean, we could be scouring the whole city. That's
just not possible."
She said cops deal with 7,000 missing persons cases a year.
However, Barrington Leigh's disappearance will remain an active police investigation, Lammi said.
Barrington Leigh, a University of Toronto math scholar who was home for
a summer visit, hopped on his Raleigh mountain bike Sunday night around
10:30 p.m. to meet friends at a local folk festival.
He hasn't been seen since and the only
communication from him was a text message he sent to his girlfriend in
Italy the night he vanished.
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