Sequim man still missing in Forks’ Bogachiel River


A 79-year-old Sequim man re-mains missing as of Saturday night.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Office reports William Rusk went missing after his boat overturned at 5 p.m. March 21, on the Bogachiel River in Forks.

Rusk and his friend Mark Roller of Vancouver, British Columbia, just launched their drift boat from the Bogachiel Way fish hatchery in Forks.

After the boat overturned, Roller made it to shore and threw Rusk a life jacket and he held onto the life jacket and the boat as it drifted down the river. Roller called 9-1-1.

Rescue crews later found the boat at the bottom of the Bogachiel River about two miles down river.

Deputies from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Clallam County Sheriff’s search and rescue team volunteers, La Push Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a two-day search of the river but did not find Rusk.

Chief Deputy Ron Cameron said they suspended the search as of Sunday evening after further searching including a diver who looked in potential spots for Rusk.

Cameron said Rusk is a retired professional from California and new to the Sequim area with his wife.

Rusk is described as 5 foot 8 inches tall, 180 pounds, grey hair and grey beard, wearing a grey checkered hat, tan jacket, blue jeans and green chest waders.

With any information on Rusk, call the Sheriff’s Office at 417-2459.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the Oct 26
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates