Winnipeg resident Brad Lambert, 46, was missing since Nov. 15, 2012. He was hunting in Marchand.
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WINNIPEG -- Exactly how Norman Brad Lambert spent more than three weeks lost in the bush -- and how more than 100 searchers failed to find him -- won't come out until after police complete their investigation.
Lambert, 46, disappeared after what was supposed to be a day-long hunting trip in the Marchand, MB area Nov. 15.
On Saturday, he was found walking by a roadway and picked up by a passing driver, taken to Marchand for food and returned home.
"I was blown away," Sue Lambert said Monday, after flying back to take part in her brother's homecoming.
She came from her British Columbia home in November to help rally more than 100 volunteers to comb trails across southeastern Manitoba.
"I was just so happy because it had been a long time. And it was cold, so it was hard to not start to think ... harsh thoughts. But you know, we did remain positive and it paid off."
Her brother is exhausted but in good spirits, she said.
"I just want him and his wife to rest, and have time together alone," she said.
Some time after Lambert didn't show up for work at a Manitoba government office, he became the subject of an intensive search -- including aircraft -- by the RCMP and volunteers across the region extending as far as Kenora, ON.
Volunteers rode snowmobiles, ATVs and trucks down rural trails, logged the details of their routes and passed the information on to the RCMP.
He'd hunted in the area before, Sue Lambert said, and dismissed the idea that the police investigation might mean there's more to the story.
"The details don't add up quite yet," Lambert said. "No one is out stuck in the bush (intentionally) and he had to withstand the elements and use his smarts to survive three weeks. They're off to find his truck as we speak, it's stuck in ice."
"You don't just go away for three weeks and lose 40 pounds," she said.
On Monday, police spokesperson Const. Jason Michalyshen said police are investigating just what exactly happened to Lambert.
"We're still conducting the investigation and we're in constant contact with him," Michalyshen said. "Our investigation is ongoing -- it's not complete."
Michalyshen said nothing further will be released until that investigation wraps up.
"We're going to gather as much fact as we can. Then, if there's something worthy of sharing publicly, we will," he said.
"We're certainly pleased that Mr. Lambert has been reunited with his family."