Man’s body recovered near Craycroft Island

Eighty-year-old Doug Gordon went missing last Saturday from his seaside home in Port Harvey

The body of an 80-year-old man was found Tuesday, offshore near Craycroft Island.

Doug Gordon was last seen May 3, at his home in Port Harvey, located about 65 kilometres northeast of Campbell River. The next day neighbours noticed his idling boat tied the dock and his dog was on board, but Gordon was no where to be found.

The area was thoroughly searched and the RCMP dive team spent three days doing a thorough search of the inlet, without success.

On Tuesday, eleven volunteers from Campbell River Search and Rescue, along with Campbell River RCMP Const. Kyle Ushock were called in to do a shoreline search.

After crossing Johnstone Strait in a heavy fog, Const. Ushock spotted Gordon’s body, washed up on the first rocky islet they checked.

With some difficulty, the body was recovered. Sayward RCMP said Gordon was known to have health issues and foul play is not suspected.

“All involved were happy to be able to help solve the mystery of the man’s whereabouts and for his family to gain closure,” said searcher Tim Fairbank in a news release.