Body of Clearwater teacher found

The body of a pregnant elementary school teacher presumed to have drowned last weekend after a tragic car accident has been recovered.

RCMP confirm they pulled the body of Courtney Buck from the North Thompson River around 3 p.m. Friday evening.

“As a result of search efforts by local concerned citizens, Courtney Buck’s body was located submerged in the North Thompson River in an area around 400m near the initial crash site,” says Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

“Aided by a private citizen’s vessel, her body was recovered by members of the Wells Gray Search and Rescue Team and Clearwater RCMP.”

The body of her husband Skye Buck was found inside the couple’s submerged vehicle, which was recovered on Tuesday.

Mounties believe the couple lost control on an ice and snow-packed stretch of Highway 5 on Dec. 9, then crashed down a 30-metre embankment into the river.

The Clearwater RCMP and BC Corners Services continue to investigate the crash and deaths. The families of the deceased are requesting that the media and public respect their requests for privacy at this time.

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