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Missing Chilliwack man found, deceased, in the Chilliwack River Valley

A Chilliwack man missing for more than three weeks has been found, deceased, in the Chilliwack River Valley.

Chilliwack RCMP say Douglas Sawatzky was found by a passerby several feet down an embankment near the Liumchen Creek Forest Service Road.

Foul play is not suspected.

But it was not immediately clear whether Sawatzky, 40, was the victim of a backroads accident or from a fall.

"It does not appear to be a motor vehicle accident at this time," RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said, because the 1994 black Jeep Cherokee he was driving when last seen on Feb. 5 was with him, and it did not appear damaged by an accident.

Sawatzky told his family that he was going camping in the Chilliwack area, but when he did not return, police were called.

Wolbeck said by the gear and the equipment Sawatzky had with him, it appeared he was "prepared to spend some time in the woods."

Chilliwack Search and Rescue were called in by police to help with the recovery.

Wolbeck said the RCMP also wanted to thank the public "for their vigilance and assistance in attempting to locate" the missing man.

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