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UPDATE: Search for missing Cache Creek fire chief now a recovery effort

Clayton Cassidy
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CACHE CREEK - The search for Clayton Cassidy has turned into a recovery mission.

RCMP say the area search for the Cache Creek fire chief has been completed and teams are now turning to a recovery effort. There’s been no sign of the missing man as of today, May 7, according to a tweet. In a press release issued Sunday evening police state they believe he perished after falling into a waterway.

Cassidy, who was 59 years old, went missing early Friday morning, May 5. His vehicle has been found and it’s believed he was checking creek levels near the Brookside Campground.

Search and rescue crews, the RCMP and volunteers were all part of the search effort. May 6 a family member of Cassidy’s posted on Facebook that a command post had been set up at the Cache Creek elementary school for anyone interested in aiding the search as people offered to help.

Recovery efforts are continuing as of May 8 and victim services are on hand to help Cassidy's family and community members.

Cassidy received the Medal of Good Citizenship for his work during the Cache Creek flood in 2015.

— This story was updated at 10:29 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2017 with new information from the RCMP.

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