126 - that's how many long-term missing persons cases there are right now in Saskatchewan. Gone without a trace, leaving behind families, friends, and countless loved ones. 

It's hard to believe such a high number exists in such a small, tight-knit province as Saskatchewan, but facts aren't always flattering.

This is Missing Persons Week in the province. The theme for this week is "We All Have A Role."

Most of us in the Friendly City are aware of the Dylan Koshman case. A local family's son disappeared in Edmonton almost 10 years ago and he hasn't been heard from since. 

Melanie Alix is Dylan's mom. She is still living in Moose Jaw, still unaware what happened to her son or where he is. 

"I experienced the trauma of my son going missing, and then the panic and the craziness afterwards. The feeling of being helpless not being able to do anything. Without my two older sisters and family members helping me, I couldn't have done it myself. And the community (helped too)."

Koshman disappeared October 11, 2008 after attending a party with his cousins in their rented home in Edmonton. It is alleged that a fight broke out and Koshman left the area. He was never seen again. 

Melanie says that even after she began to worry and wanted to report him missing, she wasn't able to.

"Even back then when I phoned to the police to say my son was missing from Moose Jaw in Edmonton they told me I couldn't report a missing person from across provinces and other cities. That's all changed now and that's what the public has to know too that when there is a missing person you can report them right away, the sooner the better."

Another change that has renewed some hope in Melanie is the fact that the Canadian DNA data bank is now accepting samples from missing persons across the country. They will attempt to match them with DNA found on unidentified remains that have been found across the country. 

Melanie says she has sent a retainer of Dylan's to be tested, but has not heard any results yet. 

"We move on from day to day, but that's because I don't have another choice. I have a family and we have loved ones. I have my bad days, especially anniversary dates and birthdays. I thought we were going to get answers and we didn't. It was a big let down."

In March of 2017, the Edmonton Police confirmed that the case had been taken over by the Edmonton Police Homicide Unit, along with the Historical Homicide, and Missing Persons units. 

The Edmonton Police are asking anyone who may have any tips or information on Dylan, to call 780-391-5444; a line set up specifically for the Koshman case. 


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