October 24th, 2020

Family, friends not giving up hope of finding Tyson Shade safe


By Bobinec, Greg on January 22, 2020.

Tyson Shade, 36, was reported missing at 6 a.m. on Jan. 14 when he left a home in the Levern area. Submitted photo

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

Since the disappearance of Tyson Shade from the Blood Reserve on Jan. 14, family members and friends haven’t stopped their search to bring him home.

Shade, 36, was last seen at approximately 6 a.m. on Jan. 14 when he left a home in Levern area along Highway 505, southwest of Standoff. The night he left was the start of the cold snap that hit southern Alberta, and after extensive searches around the area, Blood Tribe Police Service lost his tracks along the highway.

“Tyson is a pretty happy person, he really likes to joke around and laugh and stuff, he is totally loving and he likes to take care of everything he can, especially his family,” says Montana Shade, Tyson’s niece. “He was kind of confused and he was having some medical difficulties, which is what led him to leaving the residence and walking away. From there, the police found his tracks and followed it around the house a few times and it led to Highway 505 and it ended. When the search crews came out, they had a K9 unit, but they lost it around the house.”

On the night of his disappearance, Shade was not dressed for the weather, which causes great concern for his safety.

“We are desperate, and we really want to find him and make sure that he is OK, and just the way he was dressed when he left the residence, he wasn’t dressed for the weather, he was only wearing a T-shirt and pajama bottoms, he had no shoes on and that night was the really cold night as part of the cold snap that we had,” says Montana Shade.

As the weather warmed up, family members and community conducted multiple searches in the area and around the home. Now the family is asking surrounding towns or farms in the area to check out old buildings or other spots where someone could take shelter from the weather to see if anything is out of place, or signs that someone was there.

“Right now, we want to spread the awareness that Tyson is still missing. We haven’t had any credible tips that have come in that have brought us any closer to finding him,” says Montana. “We are now asking not only the members of the Blood Tribe, but surrounding communities around the reserve such as Glenwood and Hill Spring that are pretty close to it, and we just want to ask if they have buildings, old buildings or vehicles on their properties, or anywhere that someone could hide in, to look around their properties and notify us if there is any sign that anyone was there or anything that is out of the ordinary.”

The possibility that Shade could have been picked up on the side of the highway that morning is there, but there’s no definite signs at this point. Blood Tribe Police and Shade’s family want to make it clear that if anyone gave him a ride, that they are not in trouble, but should come forward with any information about his whereabouts.

“We don’t want anyone to feel like they are in trouble. If they possibly gave Tyson a ride or they’ve seen him, Tyson himself is not in any kind of trouble and anyone that might know where he is, is also not in any trouble. We just want to know where he is and we just want to find him,” says Montana. “Our family hasn’t stopped looking, we are out every day and we have also been receiving a tremendous amount of support from the community. Our chief and council, departments on the reserve, even just members and friends that have volunteered their time to come out, as well as other members of the reserve that have come in and donated food and lunches, that has really helped us get through the last couple days, so we really want to thank them for all their help.”

The Shade family is offering a cash reward of $3,000 for any information leading to his location. Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call Blood Tribe Police Service at 403-737-3800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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