On Saturday, July 13, Clearwater RCMP received a report from a concerned husband who said that he had woke up that morning to found his wife was not home.
The husband had gone to bed late on July 12 and woke up to find that his wife taken their dog and their vehicle and had left for an unknown destination. The woman was in the beginning stages of dementia.
Clearwater RCMP made several patrols around Clearwater, Birch Island, Vavenby and nearby areas, looking for the woman and the vehicle. A patrol was also made up the park road, stopping at all the tourist stops and hikes, including Helmcken Falls.
Clearwater RCMP received a call in the early morning hours of July 14 from Banff RCMP, stating that they had located the missing woman. She had been driving on the wrong side of the road on Highway 1. Banff RCMP took the woman to the local hospital to assess her for any injuries or problems.
Erratic drivers and collisions
Clearwater RCMP have received numerous reports of erratic drivers on Yellowhead Highway 5 during the past several weeks.
These reports are not surprising since the weather is warmer and the roads are dry.
That being said, police have also have attended several collisions along the highway due to these erratic driving behaviours. These have resulted in major damage to vehicles as well as minor injuries.
Clearwater RCMP remind the public to drive safely over the summer season and to watch for other drivers as well as their speed.
Nudist in the bushes
On July 16, Clearwater RCMP received a report of a nude male walking through the bushes behind a Clearwater fast food restaurant.
The male has a history of walking in the area nude and is known to police.
Police attended the scene and searched the bushes for the naked male. The male attempted to hide, but was located and arrested for nudity.
The male was completely nude, except for a pair of socks, sandals, a baseball cap and glasses.
The male was taken back to Clearwater Detachment, where he held until sober and released on a Promise to Appear for court later in the year.
On July 17, Clearwater RCMP attended a local business and arrested a female who had attempted to use a fraudulent cheque.
The cheque appeared to be from the BC Employment and Assistance. However, several clues appeared to indicate that it was fraudulent.
The female was brought back to Clearwater Detachment, where she was released on a Promise to Appear in court later in the year.
Clearwater RCMP advise local businesses regarding this fraud and ask them to be aware of potential attempts of having similar cheques cashed.
This matter is still under investigation.