A GoFundMe is raising money for the family of Massachusetts-born Craig Clouatre who was murdered last week in Yellowstone National Park.
The 40-year-old father of four was reported missing on March 24 by Park County, Montana, Sheriff Brad Bichler on Facebook. A search continued until the next day when Bichler posted another message on Facebook.
Ha said after an extensive search, Clouatre was found in a wooded area of Yellowstone National Park, but it looked like he got into an altercation with a grizzly bear and didn’t survive. “Please keep his family and everyone involved with your thoughts and prayers,” the message read at the end.
When Bichler visited Clouatre’s wife, she said Clouatre “loves being in wild places” and was aware of the risk involved, according to a follow-up Facebook post.
Clouatre grew up in West Brookfield and attended Quaboag Regional High School in Warren, as well as the University of Presque Isle in Maine, according to his obituary.
On March 26, a family friend Kristin Wachob launched a GoFundMe to help the family after their loss.
“Everyone who met Craig had a friend in them. He was a man full of joy and kindness. And above all else, he loved his family. He leaves behind a loving wife and four beautiful children,” Wachob wrote on the page.
She went on to say that unfortunately the family was used to loss as they had lost their home in a fire two years earlier.
As of Wednesday, the page has raised $115,000 from its $145,000 goal. Anyone wishing to donate to the Clouatre family can do so here.
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