‘Every day is heartbreaking’: Search for Ross changing gears

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The search for missing Brandon man Jordan Ross is changing gears and focusing on new tactics as it continues into its second week.

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The search for missing Brandon man Jordan Ross is changing gears and focusing on new tactics as it continues into its second week.

“We’re just trying to figure out how to integrate a continued search with life,” said Jordan Ross’ brother, Jeff Ross, while sitting near a campfire at the Grand Valley Campground.

A Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team from Lloydminster, Alta., is on the way with a team of cadaver dogs to continue searching the Assiniboine River, where the focus was last week, Jeff Ross said. The hope is to eliminate the river as a possible location for Jordan Ross before bringing the dogs on land.

Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun Tyler Stephens surveys the Assiniboine River for signs of Jordan Ross on Sunday. Ross, a 41-year-old Brandon-area man, went missing on June 17.

“That will give us a different direction,” Jeff Ross said.

Now, the search party is also procuring metal detectors to help with a more limited search on land. Jeff Ross said ground searches will be limited to one a day in a very targeted area. There will also still be people searching with drones and kayaks on the weekends.

Jordan Ross, the owner of Grand Valley Campground, was last seen leaving his home around 8:15 a.m. on June 17 to do some work at the campground.

The 41-year-old’s vehicle was eventually located beside the bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway and Assiniboine River, near the campground.

More than 100 volunteers and police have spent the last 12 days combing the surrounding land on foot, using drones to search from the sky and survey the Assiniboine River for any sign of Jordan Ross.

The Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team has also been patrolling the river using a towed side scanner imaging device to search for the missing man.

While the pavilion building at the campground was previously buzzing with activity and volunteers, it was quieter on Tuesday. The computers Jeff Ross had used to pore over maps were turned off and supplies were being packed up.

There was an orange “road closed” sign across the entrance to the campground and the campers that were previously parked in sites were gone.

Everyone is “inspired” by the love and support from the community, Jeff Ross said, but the search is not done yet.

“Everyday is heartbreaking … knowing we still don’t have closure, so we’re hopeful he’s still alive, but closure is what we’re looking for.”

Police are still treating the case as a missing person investigation, said Manitoba RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Paul Manaigre. The RCMP sent out boats to scour the river and used a drone in the search on June 24.

The search party is still looking for anyone with dashcam footage of the morning Jordan Ross went missing. Jeff Ross said they are looking for footage from truckers or motorists who passed through Grand Valley.

A Facebook group has been created to share information about the search for the missing man called Find Jordan Ross. Jeff Ross asked anyone with tips regarding his brother to go directly to the RCMP, not to social media.

Since search organizers issued a call for help on social media, the party has been joined by Search and Rescue Manitoba, the RCMP, family, friends and volunteers.

Jordan Ross’ disappearance has been a complete shock to the family, said family-friend and designated spokesperson Jaime Stouffer. There were no signs of distress or any indication that he was in danger leading up to his disappearance.

Ross is described as five-foot-10, 175 pounds and bald.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Blue Hills RCMP detachment at 204-726-7522.

A fundraiser concert for the Ross family, Jam 4 Jordan, is planned at The 40 at 7 p.m. on July 7.

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