NACHES, WASHINGTON — An experienced and avid hunter, a 30-year veteran with the Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost was reported missing by his family on November 2, 2021, after elk hunting in the area of Cliffdell, near SR 410. On Tuesday, DC Schreckengost’s wife had received a text from him that he had parked his truck and was headed out to go hunting. He was to return to his rented cabin at the Squaw Rock Resort.

The RV Resort and Campground is located in the 15000 block on SR410 in Naches, Washington. Cliffdell is located approximately 22.6 miles from the Naches area. When his wife never received his text stating he had returned home that night, his family reportedly went looking for him on Wednesday but were unable to locate him and called the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office to report him as a missing hunter. Due to Yakima County being on the same border as Kittitas County, the call was routed through to the County where DC Schreckengost went missing.

Together, both Kittitas and Yakima Counties have pulled their vast array of resources together and are in Unified Command, which includes numerous Deputies, SAR volunteers, infrared drones, and members from the Seattle Fire Department.


His daughter posted on Social Media that her father, DC Schreckengost was last seen at 0700 hours on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, in the Oak Creek Wildlife area, off of Forest Service Road 1703. Lat/Long 46.971028 -121.010631.

He is described as a caucasian male in his late fifties about 6’2″, around 250-pounds, bald, and has blue eyes.


Credit | Marisa Schreckengost (Permission granted on her FB Page)

“We are hoping Deputy Chief Schreckengost is found soon and is safe – until then we continue to keep he and his family in our thoughts and hearts. Thank you to all who are assisting with the search efforts to locate him.” – Seattle Fire Department FB Page

His truck was recovered on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, as reported by Law Enforcement Officials. A search appears to be ongoing from the point-last-seen from the recovered truck location.

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Credit | KCSO

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call KITTCOM at 509-925-8534.

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