On Thursday, June 13 reports began to make their way from Latvia to North America that Edmonton Oilers prospect and Oklahoma City Barons winger Kristians Pelss had gone missing after Pelss’ family filed a missing persons report that same day. Many rumors began to run rampant in the hours following as people speculated on where Pelss was and what may have happened to him, but none of those have been confirmed up to this point. So until more details are released, confirmed, etc., I wanted to create a timeline of what has been confirmed until now and hopefully to clear up any confusion there may be.
We’re still hoping for the best and want to extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Kristians and hope for a safe return.
UPDATE: The body has been confirmed to be that of Kristians Pelss. Our condolences to his family, friends, and the entire Oilers, Barons, and Oil Kings organizations.
Timeline after the jump:
Monday, June 10
-Pelss returns home to Latvia.
Tuesday, June 11
(2AM Eastern European Time/6PM Central Time Monday) – Reports received by Latvian authorities of a male jumping from a bridge into the Daugava River. [LINK]
Thursday, June 13
-Pelss’ family files missing persons report after not hearing from Pelss since Monday. Attempts to reach his cell phone were unsuccessful.
-Report from journalist links Pelss to the incident from Tuesday. These reports are later found to be unconfirmed. [LINK]
-Edmonton Oilers release statement regarding the disappearance of Pelss, stating they are aware of the situation and are trying to gather information. [LINK]
Friday, June 14
-Article with comments from Martin Gernat and Martin Marincin regarding Pelss’ disappearance: [LINK]
-Reports released that a body has been recovered from the banks of the river. Pelss’ family called to help identify the body. [LINK]
Saturday, June 15
-The body has been confirmed to be that of Kristians Pelss. [LINK]
Stay tuned for additional updates as more information comes available.