12/30/2015 11:48 EST | Updated 12/30/2015 11:59 EST

Billy Taylor, Saskatchewan Man Missing Since Dec. 17, Feared Dead

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LA RONGE, Sask. — The father of a northern Saskatchewan man who hasn't been seen since before Christmas believes his son is dead.

Billy Taylor, who is 36, left Fox Point on Lac la Ronge on Dec. 17 on a snowmobile headed to La Ronge, but never made it.

His father, Bill Taylor Sr., says Billy's wife and four children had a rough Christmas.

He says tracks left by his son ended on a patch of ice that was too thin for rescuers to walk on.

The family had hope because they say Billy was an experienced hunter and tracker and had exceptional outdoor survival skills.

But Taylor Sr. says there have been ground and air searches and no fires or tracks have been spotted.

"There's been no signs of anything ... It was just an unfortunate accident. The snow was blowing, maybe he just got off the ice a bit, or just hit a bad spot.''

Taylor is thankful for all the community support in helping search for his son.

"There's been lots of people we can never thank because they've done so much. I think at one time there was 40 people,'' he said. "People are going to have to go back to work, so it's going to be up and down. But there's some regular people who show up every day, so it's well appreciated.''

— With files from CKBI

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