Two days after Bryce Hogg went missing while tubing on the Grand River, the area being searched by police and firefighters working the case has expanded.

Hogg, 15, was tubing with friends on the river between Elora and Salem when his tube capsized.

His two friends were able to make it to shore, but Hogg has not been seen since Wednesday evening.

On Friday, police were searching the river as far south as Kitchener and Cambridge.

“We’ve contacted our neighbouring areas to let them know that we would like their officers that are working today to check shorelines,” said OPP Const. Stacy Culbert.

A large number of Hogg’s family and friends have been at the Elora Gorge Conservation Area, where search efforts are based.

The boy’s father, Ralph Hogg, gave an emotional statement to reporters Friday afternoon.

“This is something that I never would have imagined in a million years would happen to my family or anyone I know,” he said.

“His family and friends just need him back and want him back.”

Hogg also had a message for landowners along the Grand River watershed, asking them to check their properties for any sign of his son.

“We haven’t found him in the water, so we have great hope that he’s out, waiting for us to get him,” he said.

“Please take a walk around your property. Please take the time. Watch, search all your areas.”

Police and the Grand River Conservation Authority are reminding residents that tubing is barred at the Elora Gorge until water levels drop.

CTV's Nadia Matos will have more on this story tonight on CTV News at Six.