A Brandon teen who vanished last December has been found dead this week just north of Winnipeg.
RCMP say remains found Tuesday in St. Andrews have been identified as those of 16-year-old Mark Anthony Cloud. Investigators say foul play is not suspected, but have released no other details.
Cloud is originally from Brandon but went missing from the St. Andrews area, according to RCMP. Specific details of where the remains were found have not been released.
Friends and family of the missing teen have flooded social media over the past 10 months, making numerous pleas for information. They say Cloud recently became a big brother to a newborn sibling he never met.
RCMP described Cloud as an “at-risk youth” in their initial press release about his case last winter. No other details were provided.
Cloud — who was facing criminal charges at the time of disappearance — battled anger issues and he had been attending the Behavioural Health Foundation in Selkirk, opting to get help instead of sitting in a jail cell in Portage la Prairie following a court appearance last October, his parents told the Sun earlier this year.
When Cloud first went missing in December, the boy appeared to have walked up a road near the health centre and hitched a ride with somebody, his parents said, leaving the facility, which he was free to do since he was there voluntarily.
The teen had been living with his father and his father’s girlfriend in Brandon since he was nine, moving away from his biological mother’s home on Waywayseecappo First Nation.
His father and his girlfriend told the Sun they visited him just days before he vanished and said he was in good spirits.
The teen’s mother, Nicole Malchuk-Cloud, released a statement Thursday on a Facebook page set up for her son, which was filled with tributes and memories to the young man.
“Mark you will always be our baby boy, we love you and miss you I am at a loss of words but every time I think all I think of is you I remember all the awesome times we had together I remember how loving caring and giving you were how crazy funny silly and at times so serious,” she wrote.
» Brandon Sun, with files from the Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 4, 2013