Cadaver dogs have joined the search in Sackville, N.B. for missing university student Christopher Metallic.

Metallic’s mother says she won’t stop looking until her son is found.

“I don’t want to go home until I find him” says Mandy Metallic. “We’re not giving up.”

The family brought the two cadaver dogs in from Ontario to search the area where Metallic’s shoes were found. Two local volunteer dog handlers are also assisting in the search.

Metallic, 20, went missing after a house party on November 25. His Mount Allison University student bank account and Facebook account remain untouched.

“They basically told us with cold weather, they don’t expect to find him alive if he’s out there,” says his mother.

RCMP say they continue to receive tips regarding the case, and they plan to investigate each one.

“Even though the search with the RCMP has been exhausted, the investigation is still going on,” says Const. Elise Cote.

Since Metallic was a university student at Mount Allison University, his family raised the Mi’kmaq flag above the campus as a beacon to help bring him home.

“We need him home,” says his stepfather, Murray Izaac. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. He’s got to come home, it’s tearing apart our family, our community, and it’s not easy.”

Many community members joined the search today. The band chief and members of council arrived in Sackville to show their support to the family.

“I’ve known Chris since grade four, he played basketball,” says Listuguj Chief Dean Vicaire. “I know the young man, and I’ve known him his whole life.”

The dogs’ handlers are donating their time but the Metallic family is paying for their travel. A reward of $5,000 is being offered for any information leading to Metallic’s return.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Jonathan MacInnis