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Update. 9 pm. Thursday, June 28:

According to several sources, the body of missing Carnel Chamberlain was identified Thursday. Due to the ongoing collaborative investigation between the FBI and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, no official statement is available at this time.

To help the community deal with the impact, the following list of helpers, spiritual leaders, facilities and crisis experts offer their services:

Rev. Robert Pego Sr
Saginaw Chippewa Community Church

Rev. Chadrick Brown
State Police Chaplain
Cornerstone Community Church

Tom Shepard
Victims Services Unit
Association for Interfaith Ministries - Director

Pastor Carla Ives
Heart Cry International
The Potters House Family Worship Center
PO Box 207
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
*Have worked internationally with disaster relief, helping children process trauma

Pastor Ron Ives
The Potter's House Family Worship Center
5346 E. Deerfield Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 48858

Shannon Martin
Ziibiwing Center
Sacred Medicines, Sacred Fire, Lodge & Facility/Grounds

Saginaw Chippewa Behavioral Health
2800 S. Shepherd Rd. Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 48858
Crisis walk-in hours 8 am - 5 pm, Mon. - Fri. After-hours, contact tribal dispatch and ask for after-hours on call worker

Update, 11a.m Thursday, June 28:

Today the search for Carnel Chamberlain continues on the Isabella Reservation here in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. 

The search consists of 56 rescuers on foot from our Tribal Police and Fire Departments and other agencies.

Midland Search and Rescue are plotting the maps for the search areas and have been with us since day 1.

Three new search and rescues agencies have come on board and are here with us today:  Alpena, Roscommon and the Department of Corrections in St. Louis, Michigan. 

That now makes a total of 41 agencies.

There is a community driven candle light vigil tonight in the parking lot of Tribal Operations starting at 9 p.m.

• Here is a PDF of the latest news release 6/27/2012 3:42PM

• Here is a PDF of the latest news release 6/26/2012 6:00PM

• 6/25/2012 Press Release

Update, 3:42 p.m Wednesday, June 27: Here is a PDF of the Carnel Chamberlain Time Line

Update, 12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23:
In the matter of missing four year old Carnel Chamberlain the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police believe his disappearance is suspicious. Investigators indicate they have a person of interest in mind as their investigation moves forward from this point.

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police would like to thank each and every person who assisted with the search efforts to find Carnel on June 21 and 22.

Future search efforts will be coordinated through the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police along with assistance from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department and volunteers.

If members of the community choose to continue searching on their own, please contact the Tribal Police at (989) 775-4700 should you come across items that are suspicious in nature. The Saginaw Chippewa Police along with the FBI are continuing the investigation.

Any further questions need to be directed to Public Relations Director Frank Cloutier (989) 775-4076.

Update, 6 p.m. Friday, June 22: The tribal police department of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe of Michigan continues the intensive search for missing 4 year old boy, Carnel Chamberlain.

Carnel chamberlain was reported missing around 10 pm Thursday, June 21, 2012. He is described as a four year old Native American male, approximately 3 feet tall with short dark hair and green eyes. He was wearing a dark colored angry birds t-shirt, dark blue or green shorts with green trim.

The intensive highly organized search has been ongoing throughout the day with the assistance and cooperation of over 150 volunteers who intensively searched a one mile radius of the missing child's last known whereabouts.

At this time, the midland search and rescue unit, tribal police and fire departments will continue the search in a pared down fashion until dark in order to focus on other areas as well. The search will resume in the morning.

Update, 7:20 a.m. Friday, June 22: The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal community continues its search which much welcome sunshine and fair weather. All agencies remain engaged. The Tribal community has turned-out in force as volunteers to aid in the search of missing boy.

Update, 5:30 a.m. Friday, June 22: As of 5:30 AM on June 22nd, 2012 Mid-Michigan Working Dogs is working in conjunction with over 12 other agencies on a uniform and systematic search of the Isabella Indian Reservation and surrounding areas. We are assembling a group of over 100 volunteers to begin canvasing the area. Volunteers can assemble at Tribal Operations located at 7070 East Broadway Mt Pleasant, Mich.

Original Story:

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department continues the intensive search for missing 4 year old boy, Carnell Chamberlain.

The intensive, highly organized search continues with the assistance and cooperation of multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies and fire departments from several counties including conservation specialists from the Little Traverse Bay Band from the Upper Peninsula. The search team also includes well over one hundred citizen volunteers from the local area.

Carnell Chamberlain was reported missing around 10 pm Thursday evening. He is described as a four year old Native American male, approximately 3 feet tall with short dark hair and green eyes. He was wearing a dark colored angry birds t-shirt, dark blue or green shorts with green trim.

Frank Cloutier, public relations described the search as highly engaged with tremendous support from search professionals as well as volunteers.

"Presently the search area is being considered off limits so as not to hinder the progress of the search teams" said Cloutier.

Anyone with information or anyone who may have seen the missing boy is being asked to contact the Tribal Police Department at (989) 775-4700.


Name: Carnel Chamberlain
Age: 4 yrs.
Gender: Male
Height: 36" (3 ft.)
Eyes: Green
Hair: Short, dark brown
Clothing: Dark Angry Birds T-shirt, blue or green shorts w/ green trim.

(Information is also now posted on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's website