The family of Max (Promise) Chukwudum is holding out hope that, even after three weeks, the 19-year-old will be found safe.
On Saturday, they held a search in Regina’s Wascana Park, where they were joined by about 20 others.
Chukwudum was last seen on Nov. 17. His father David has now flown to Canada to find him.
“My faith is in God. I believe in God, that with God, all things are possible — that soon, Promise will come back,” David said.
The University of Regina student and rugby player was last seen in the Marshall Crescent area.
His sister, Chinaza, said she was told that he had run away after some sort of altercation.
She finds that hard to believe, considering they had made plans for the holidays.
“We were always talking about it and he was pretty much excited,” Chinaza said. “He had so many new developments going on in his life, so I wouldn’t think of any reason why he would just leave.”
Chinaza said she’s been struck by how many people have offered their support, not just Chukwudum’s friends but people she doesn’t even know.
“My family and I were really overwhelmed and we’re really grateful — especially to residents of Regina for their help and immense care,” she said. “Because at the end of the day, they really don’t owe us anything. We’re just grateful for that.”
She added the U of R has also been helpful by attending meetings with police, spreading awareness and providing counsellors to Chukwudum’s friends.