A seven-year-old boy is missing after his mum was found dead on a beach a day following the last confirmed sighting of him.
Detectives believe Greagan Geldenhuys was with his 47-year-old mum and self-described spiritual healer Tamaine Geldenhuys sometime before her body was discovered.
But he hasn’t been seen since Friday afternoon and police dive teams have been searching three lakes for him.
Investigators say they don’t have any evidence to suggest foul play in Ms Geldenhuys’ death, but the cause remains a mystery.
Police put out an urgent appeal for help after Ms Geldenhuys, a self-help author, was found dead on Saturday afternoon and they were unable to find Greagan.
The mum’s body was discovered on a beach near the Fort campground in Fort Qu’Appelle, a town in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
A Facebook page called "Finding Greagan" said the youngster, who has blond hair and a slim build, was last seen on Friday at 4.30pm.
The latest update read: "Greagan is still not found, we are searching by land, water and air. Thank you to all the firsts responders and volunteers across all of Western Canada. Keep Greagan in your prayers."
Ms Geldenhuys’ body was found on a beach at Echo Lake.
Police divers and boats have been searching that lake and two others – Mission and Pasqua – for Greagan.
Fort Qu’Appelle, home to about 2,000 people, is located between Echo and Mission lakes, which are connected by a narrow channel called Pasqua Lake that runs through the town.
Police and other agencies have also been carrying out land and aerial searches in the town about 40 miles north-east of Regina, the provincial capital.
Natalie Gray, a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), told the Regina Leader-Post newspaper that boats were searching local lakes for the youngster.
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She wouldn’t reveal whether police think the boy may have gone into the water.
Ms Gray said: “It would be inappropriate for me to speculate, but those are the efforts that are ongoing at this point."
A post-mortem was planned to determine the cause of Ms Geldenhuys’ death.
In July, Ms Geldenhuys, who had at least three children and was an avid gardener, wrote on Facebook that she had previously been diagnosed as manic depressive, but had reached a level of acceptance.
Her Facebook profile featured photos of her son and the plants she had been growing this summer, and uplifting messages about love, wellness and healing.
She wrote on her page in July: "Since I was diagnosed as manic-depressive a zillion years ago, I never really admitted or accepted the label. I always called myself a workaholic and a perfectionist…
"Tonight as I am weeding and rototilling, I have to admit…I may be a bit manic! I think I may be willing to label my ‘depressed’ state as the normal state of a typical person (which I visit very very rarely).
"I am nuts. I love me. I am who I am and I love my life. I do today what I can do.
"When I put my focus on something I can do many things not humanly possible for my physical form. I am blessed.
"I consider this a blessing.
"I see the world through a perspective not many are blessed to experience and for that I give thanks.
"Life is beautiful when one chooses to stop and look around."
Ms Geldenhuys’ profile on a website called Quantum-Touch described her as an agape spiritual healer, Quantum-Touch instructor and "spiritual raindrop examiner".
Quantum-Touch bills itself as "a method of natural healing that works with the Life Force Energy of the body to promote optimal wellness".
Ms Geldenhuys had authored at least two books called Higher Essence Healing and ABC’s of Love.
A biography on the website for publisher Friesen Books featured a photo of the mum and Greagan, reading: "Tamaine is a born medical Intuitive who has been directed to share the wonders of Natural Healing with the world.
"She has lived through trials which allowed her to experience miraculous healings. Tamaine has been gifted with the opportunity to many miracles both in clients, students, friends and family."
It said she had created a number of programmes and products through "mediation, prayer and revelation".
Well-wishers have offered words of support to the Geldenhuys family during the search for Greagan.
One wrote in the Facebook group: "Thinking of this sweet boy and sending out loads of good energy for his safe return home. Much love to all his family and condolences for the loss of his mother."
Another added: "Praying this child is found safe… praying for the family of this young boy."
And one wrote: "Thoughts going out to the family that this beautiful little guy is found and reunited with his loved ones."
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