The parents of a 24-year-old man who is missing after he accidentally fell into the Fraser River Wednesday said it has certainly been their worst nightmare.
“We are in complete shock and disbelief like anybody else would be,” Trina Siegmueller said from the family home Thursday after the RCMP and search and rescue suspended the search for their son Jordan Siegmueller.
“At this point, my husband Peter and I want to say a huge thank you to the RCMP, search and rescue, and anybody that helped with the search.”
Police were notified at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, that Jordan was hanging out with three of his friends when he accidentally fell off the Rudy Johnson Bridge into the river, Williams Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Del Byron said.
Friends who were with Jordan when he fell observed him being swept downstream and in distress, the RCMP said.
BC Ambulance and an RCMP police service dog were called out immediately. A shoreline search by the police service dog at that time, failed to locate him.
The Central Cariboo Search and Rescue Team were activated at the time of the call and commenced their search on the water and shoreline at first daylight Wednesday. An extensive search was carried out until nightfall Wednesday and was completed midday Thursday.
RCMP and CCSAR searchers failed to locate him or any sign of him on Thursday.
The Williams Lake RCMP ask that communities downstream from Williams Lake be aware of this tragic incident and report anything possibly linked to this matter.
Jordan was born and raised in Williams Lake.
He is an avid golfer and an employee of the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club.