One person found near Findlay Creek

The search continues for the second man missing since June 8 near Canal Flats

After a month-long search, the body of Stephen Thomson has been recovered from Findlay Creek near Canal Flats.

Thomson, 21, of Canal Flats and Nicholas Hoefnagels, 19, of Carstairs, Alberta, were last seen leaving a campsite at Whitetail Lake on June 8.

Their truck was pulled out of the fast-flowing Findlay Creek near the falls on June 24, but the men were not inside it.

Now, police have recovered one body in the Findlay Creek area, one of the two presumed drowned missing men.

The body, which was located by a police dog, has been turned over the BC Coroners Service.

After the two men were reported missing on June 9, a search of the area identified a spot where a vehicle went off the road and into Findlay Creek.

Since then police and Search and Rescue teams have been searching the area as conditions permit.

High water levels hampered search efforts but a Police Dog Team located the body in a heavily wooded area approximately 10 kilometres downstream on July 4.

The water had risen considerably since the disappearance; the water receded and the body was located on the shore line in amongst logs and other debris.

Search efforts to find Hoefnagels continue, using a police dog and RCMP helicopter.

Findlay Creek flows into the Kootenay River south of Canal Flats and police are asking recreational users of the rivers to contact police if they see anything.

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