Some sources indicate the "date gone missing" to be August 18th, others August 17th. Missing NPF will list the "date missing" as August 17th, in agreement with information published by the National Park Service. Certain public reports have not yet updated their stories with the official position that Mr. Dopps was found deceased after his body washed ashore. Unless credible information is made public that Mr. Dopps remains a missing person, this case status will remain, "Found Deceased."
Park Rangers Search Olympic National Park Coastline for Missing Mariner
Over 20 Olympic National Park rangers are participating in the search for Clifford Dopps, 74, who is missing and presumed drowned after a boating accident on Wednesday, August 17. The search area is located on a remote section of the park's wilderness coastline between Shi Shi Beach and Rialto Beach. Dopps was in a 22-foot aluminum boat when it capsized near Hand Rock, about ten miles north of La Push,Washington and about a mile-and-a-half from shore. The boat washed ashore on a remote and rocky section of shoreline near Norwegian Memorial in Olympic National Park. A life jacket and other items were found nearby, but crews have not been able to locate Dopps' body. From NPS,
Eleven ground personnel are searching today between Shi Shi Beach and Rialto Beach. Seven rangers are assigned to remain along the coastline through the weekend and will continue searching.
"Our deepest sympathies are with Mr. Dopps' family and friends, and we hope that our continuing search efforts are successful," said Acting Superintendent Rachel Spector. "Additional details about the incident and response by U.S. Coast Guard personnel and multiple good Samaritans are available on the U.S. Coast Guard news website at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doctype/4007/117499/News-Releases
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74 years old
Classification: KAYAKER / JET SKIER / BOATER
Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased
Reported missing on August 17, 2016 - 2359 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes ago
Found on August 31, 2016 - 2345 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Jun 18, 2021 at 21:44
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Jul 10, 2021 at 22:50
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 4852
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