The Ashcroft RCMP have confirmed the body of missing Cache Creek fire chief Clayton Cassidy was found late Saturday evening.
59-year-old Cassidy had been missing since May 5, and was believed to have been swept away while checking flood levels. Dozens of crews had searched for the fire chief, but the search was suspended in the middle of this month.
About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the Ashcroft RCMP was advised that the body of missing person Clayton Cassidy was located in Cache Creek. He was found by the Ashcroft fire department during the daily patrol of Cache Creek.
Ashcroft RCMP, Search and Rescue technicians from Kamloops and the Ashcroft Fire Dept, worked throughout the night.
Recovery efforts are continuing. Mr Cassidy’s body was located a short distance away from the bridge wash out area.
It is felt that a recovery will be safely completed today. The Ashcroft RCMP have notified MR Cassidy’s family and are providing support, said Cpl Dan Moskaluk.
Cassidy was given a Medal of Good Citizenship by the BC government last year for his efforts helping Cache Creek residents during a devastating flood in May 2015.
The Ashcroft RCMP are currently searching a segment of Cache Creek, near the village of Cache Creek, BC, for missing person, Clayton Cassidy.
On the morning of Friday May 5, 2017, the Ashcroft RCMP received a report that 59 yr old Clayton Cassidy of Cache Creek was missing. Mr Cassidy who is employed as the Cache Creek Fire Chief was last known to be checking creek water levels early Friday morning and was reported as missing.
To date the investigation into his whereabouts have confirmed the Mr Cassidy had been checking creek flow levels in Cache Creek, East of the village near Brookside Campground. Clayton Cassidy last had communication with someone early Friday overnight, and seen by the river. Mr Cassidy’s vehicle was also found at the location.
Clayton Cassidy is described as:
- Caucasian male
- 5’11 180 cm
- 177lbs 80 kgs
- Hair brown
- Eyes brown
- Last seen wearing blue overalls
The Cache Creek RCMP have activated area Search and Rescue resources, which include swift water technicians and SAR Service dog teams, stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk
Currently, an extensive ground and waters’ edge search is underway. Mr Clayton is considered as missing, added Cpl Dan Moskaluk.