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Body of missing Cache Creek fire chief located

Last Updated May 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm PST

(Photo courtesy Southeast RCMP)

Clayton Cassidy had been missing since May 5, when he went to check flood water levels at Cache Creek

Cassidy was given a Medal of Good Citizenship by the BC government last year

CACHE CREEK (NEWS 1130) – 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.

Mr Cassidy’s body was located a short distance away from the bridge wash out area. Ashcroft RCMP, Search and Rescue technicians from Kamloops and the Ashcroft Fire Department worked throughout the night.

“Pretty much on a daily basis there was river monitoring and foot patrols being done of the creek area since the date that he went missing back on May 5th,” says Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

Recovery efforts are continuing.

“The recovery is being carried out today. It’s our understanding that we should be able to carry out and complete the recovery today safely,” he says.

“It’s a small community. Of course, all of the agencies that work and live in Ashcroft and Cache Creek, everybody is very connected, and knows one another. So it’s been a hard few weeks here since his disappearance. At this point in time we’re hopeful this will create a degree of solace for the family that we’re able to make a recovery and have located him.”

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.