An Alberta family is desperately trying to find their 17-year-old son who went missing Monday night after an argument with his parents.

After searching for four days with volunteers around the family acreage’s 14-kilometre radius, Vegreville RCMP called off the search for James Candy believing he’s “no longer in the immediate area.”


Meanwhile, the community in the Vegreville and Two Hills area is continuing to support the family with food and search volunteers.

His parents told CTV News James was having a rough week, which culminated with a family argument.

“We had an argument that night,” His mother Karen Tchir said. “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

The teenager left through his bedroom window around 11 p.m.

Vegreville RCMP are asking the public to contact them if anyone has information about Candy’s whereabouts. Candy is 5-foot-8, 122 pounds, with short blonde hair and blue eyes, police said. He’s believed to be wearing a grey shirt, jean jacket, blue jeans and a cowboy hat.

“He has sisters, brothers he can call … aunts, uncles — anyone,” his mother said. “We need to know he's okay.”

With files from Jeremy Thompson