Body surfaces in fishing net near Chilliwack

Search and Rescue volunteers were called to assist with extensive river patrols but to no avail.

A local fisherman made a grisly find early Saturday morning in the Fraser River.

The First Nations fisherman who called RCMP said he was pulling in his net from the water, and found it surprisingly heavy.

When it was about four metres from shore, he noted a partially submerged body in a black jacket had come to the surface.

“Before the net could be brought in, the body broke free from the net and rolled back into the river,” reported RCMP Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen.

It was impossible to tell the gender or ethnicity of the body, according to reports, but it was described as someone with a small build, about 180 lbs, wearing a black jacket with a zipper on the wrist area.

Chilliwack Search and Rescue volunteers were called to the scene to assist with extensive river patrols but to no avail.

Given the strength and speed of the river current, Search and Rescue groups from Abbotsford and Mission were activated to start patrols as well.

RCMP Air Services called out the Air 1 helicopter for an aerial search, however both air and water searches did not recover the body found in the net.

Police agencies are seeking information about any missing persons who may match the description, and Chilliwack RCMP are actively investigating/

Anyone with relevant information is asked to call Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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