Body of Seattle deputy fire chief found in mountains

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday that the body of Seattle Deputy Fire Chief Jay Schreckengost was found near Cliffdell in unincorporated Yakima County.

The sheriff’s office said there was “no preliminary evidence of suspicious activity or foul play.”

Schreckengost left on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to scout for elk. Law enforcement say his body was discovered about a half mile from where his pickup truck was parked the day he left.

The sheriff’s office notified Schreckengost’s family and the Seattle Fire Department that he had been found. His family and members of the Seattle Fire Department escorted Schreckengost to Johnston and Williams funeral home in Ellensburg with a coroner.

“We’re saddened to give news of Chief Schreckengost’s passing to his family and fellow firefighters, and we ask the public and press to respect their privacy as they grieve his loss,” said Kittitas County Sheriff Clay Myers. “We also want to thank everyone who participated in or supported this search. It was a tremendous outpouring of resources and effort that produced a vital result: a family knows what happened to their loved one and he can be brought home to them.”

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