Marta Malek (left) and Maya Mirota were last seen hiking in Algonquin Park on Thursday. (OPP and Twitter Supplied images.)
ALGONQUIN PARK, ON – The search continues as police haven’t found the two teenage girls missing in Algonquin Park.
The OPP issued an updated release Monday morning regarding search efforts. It said a helicopter and floatplane are searching by air and officers are being assisted by K9 units, park wardens members of the Ontario Search and Rescue Organization on foot.
Marta Malek and Maya Mirota, both 16-years-old, were reported missing around 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12. The girls were supposed to meet with the rest of their group that day. Police were called when they didn’t show up.
The girls were last seen Thursday on the Western Uplands Trail, between Rainbow Lake and Susan Lake. The release said they had a tent, other camping equipment and limited supplies.
Officers continue to follow-up on public tips regarding potential sightings. Anyone who thinks they may have seen the girls, or have any information, are asked to call 1-888-310-1122 immediately.
Police also ask any campers in the area or passing through to be on the lookout for them.
The OPP is asking people to not come and assist, though they appreciate those willing to volunteer in the search.
“All of our searchers are specially trained and all are GPS tracked,” Police said in the release. “Having additional people could hinder potential tracking efforts by the dogs and increase the possibility of someone else getting lost.”
Mirota is described as about 5′ tall, thin with long auburn hair. Malek is around 6′ tall, average build, shoulder-length, dirty blonde hair and wears glasses. Both girls are from Kitchener, Ontario.