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Oilers prospect missing: Report

Latvia's Kristians Pelss during warm up against Team Czech Republic during the 2012 IIHF World...

Latvia's Kristians Pelss during warm up against Team Czech Republic during the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship pre-tournament game at Centennial Arena in 2011. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/CALGARY SUN/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:11 PM ET

Edmonton Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss has disappeared without a trace after reportedly jumping off a bridge in his native Latvia.

Pelss, who played two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, is believed to have jumped into the Daugava River near the capital city of Riga early Tuesday morning, although rescuers have seen no sign of the 20-year-old forward, according to Latvian news agency LETA. His clothing was found at the scene but a search of the river failed to turn up Pelss.

“The Edmonton Oil Kings organization, along with the NHL Edmonton Oilers, AHL Oklahoma City Barons and ECHL affiliate Stockton Thunder, is aware of the reports regarding Kristians Pelss going missing while visiting Riga, Latvia, this week,” a statement issued Thursday by the Oil Kings read. “There has been contradictory information reported, at times, and we are trying to confirm the facts. Once we are able to do that, we will be able to offer further comment.

“At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Pelss family.”

A search and rescue unit spokesperson told LETA a tip was sent in Tuesday morning in regards to someone jumping into Daugava River.

Police have confirmed the incident but could not provide LETA with information on Pelss. They did, however, tell the agency a family filed a disappearance report involving a 1992-born male earlier this week.

The Oilers picked Pelss in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers in May, 2012. He split the 2012-13 season between Oklahoma City of the AHL and Stockton of the ECHL.


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