Citizen search team finds pregnant teacher’s body
Skye and Courtney Buck died after their vehicle lost control and plunged into the North Thompson River on Dec. 9, 2012. (CTV)
Published Saturday, December 15, 2012 3:31PM PST
A group of concerned local citizens managed to recover the body of Clearwater, B.C. elementary school teacher Courtney Buck Friday, two days after authorities called off their search effort.
Mounties concluded their search for Buck on Wednesday, four days after she and husband Skye Buck crashed their car down an embankment and into the North Thompson River.
A team of committed area residents continued to scour the river, and eventually found Buck’s body submerged in water about 400 metres from the crash site.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said her remains were recovered by members of the Wells Gray Search and Rescue Team and the Clearwater RCMP detachment, with help from a private citizen’s vessel.
“Family members were present in the area at the time of the recovery and are aware,” Moskaluk confirmed in a statement.
Authorities said the victim was seven months pregnant when she died.
The body of Buck’s husband, who also taught at a school in Clearwater, was found in the couple’s vehicle when it was recovered from the river on Tuesday.
Mounties believe the couple lost control on an ice and snow-packed stretch of Highway 5 before going down the 30-metre embankment.
Police and the BC Coroners Service are continuing to investigate the tragic crash.