Officials said the body of Seattle’s deputy fire chief was found in the mountains on Sunday, 12 days after his disappearance in eastern Washington.
The body of Seattle Deputy Fire Chief Jay Schreckengost, 56, was found on November 2 near Cliffdel, about 800 meters from where the pickup truck was parked. He went looking for an elk and didn’t come back.Kititas County Sheriff’s office said in news release..
“There was no preliminary evidence of suspicious activity or misconduct,” officials said.
Kittitas County Coroner confirms the cause of death of the chief.
The extensive search involved 60 different institutions and organizations.
“It’s sad to tell the news that Chief Schreckengost has died to his family and fellow firefighters. The public and the press should respect their privacy as they are saddened by his loss. “Please,” said Sheriff Clay Myers.
He praised the brave search effort, saying, “It was a great deal of resources and effort that produced important results. The family knew what had happened to their loved ones, and he gave them home. You can take it home, “he added.
In a statement on Sunday evening, the Seattle Fire Department said: Deputy Secretary Schreckengost was the husband, father and friend of all. Our heart is now with his family looking for the scene with search and rescue, fire and law enforcement agencies. “