August 2, 2018
Body discovered in Washington State that of missing Delta man
On April 25, 2018, police responded to reports of a man falling off a boathouse in the 3400 Block of River Road in Delta. The man’s friends, who witnessed the incident, were unable to rescue him and he slipped under the water. After an extensive search of the area, including resources from the Coast Guard, RCMP Air One and Delta Police, the man was not located and was presumed drowned.
On July 22, 2018, three months later, a body was discovered at Neptune Beach in Ferndale, Washington by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. Due to the condition of the body, there was a delay in identifying the deceased. A positive identification was established using dental records, and on July 31, 2018, Delta Police received confirmation that the body is that of the missing person from the April boathouse incident in Delta.
“While it is a sad day for the family of the missing man, they now have an opportunity for closure. Safety in and around the water, especially when current are strong cannot be understated,” comments Inspector Guy Leeson of the Investigation Bureau of the Delta Police Department. “Limiting alcohol consumption, wearing life jackets and being mindful of the dangers will help save lives.”