On July 14, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. Melfort RCMP received a report of human remains discovered along the North Saskatchewan riverbank near James Smith Cree Nation. Evidence collected at the scene by the RCMP was sent to Saskatoon for examination by a forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist. The Office of the Chief Coroner has confirmed the identity of the remains as Sweetgrass Kennedy.
Over the past two months an exhaustive search for the four year old youth was conducted by the local community and professional Search and Rescue involving:
-City of Prince Albert Departments,
-Prince Albert Grand Council’s (First Nations Emergency Management Branch)
-Grandmother's Bay Search team
-Stanley Mission Search team
-Government of Saskatchewan (Emergency Management and Fire Safety),
-Saskatoon Police Service - Air Support Operations,
-Professional Search and Rescue Teams (Prince Albert North Search and Rescue, Buckland Search and Rescue, Saskatoon Region Search and Rescue).
Sweetgrass was last seen in Prince Albert on May 10, 2018 with eyewitness accounts that the youth was playing near the North Saskatchewan River.