After nine days of exhaustive searching, Ashcroft RCMP has suspected all search efforts for missing Cache Creek fire chief Clayton Cassidy.
He disappeared May 5, after going to check on rising creek waters after a flood.
It’s believed he was swept in, and even with the help of dozens of volunteers and search and rescue crew members, there’s been no sign of Cassidy.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says it’s been hard on the community to not have any closure.
“To lose a representative who’s a volunteer and full time fire fighter in a small community, it certainly is an incident that galvanizes itself into the fabric of the community.”
Moskaluk says the water levels haven’t changed much since Cassidy went missing, which has only made the search harder, and now impossible to continue at full capacity.
“We still have fairly high water conditions and fast moving water in the area. Searchers have exhausted the possible efforts to search the areas with the given conditions as they are now.”
He says creek waters will still be checked twice daily in hopes the levels start to go down.
Cassidy had been with the volunteer fire department for decades and was recently awarded a medal for good citizenship after helping residents during flooding back in 2015.
RCMP is also asking residents of neighbouring communities to keep an eye out for articles of clothing that Cassidy had on at the time of his disappearance, which can be viewed below.