June 27, 2014 7:15 am
Updated: June 27, 2014 9:48 am

Calgary man missing and feared drowned


CALGARY – Police are appealing for tips in the case of a man who may have been swept away in the Bow River.

37-year-old Derek Blackrider was last seen swimming in the Bow at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25.

He was with some friends when he decided to go for a swim in the river in Shouldice Park. Police say he hasn’t been seen since.

The Calgary Fire Department aquatics team and the HAWCS helicopter were called out to search for Blackrider but could find no sign of him.

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Blackrider is 5 ‘8” tall with brown hair and glasses. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

His disappearance comes less than a week after a 19-year-old man went missing after being swept away by the swollen Highwood River.

Justin McNeil’s family says he fell into the water near the Nature’s Hideaway campground. He hasn’t been seen since Sunday, June 22nd.

Police have also renewed their pleas for help in information on a boater missing since May.

On Wednesday, police again asked for anyone with information on 44-year-old Stephen Kenneth Samson to come forward. The man is believed to have been aboard a dinghy that capsized on the Bow River in May.


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