U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for Shad Gaspard, case will remain open

Per an update from TMZ, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for Shad Gaspard but his case will remain open until he is found.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Shad Gaspard attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MTV)

On Sunday, former WWE talent Shad Gaspard and his son were among a group of people that were caught in a rip current. Lifeguards were able to pull everyone out but according to TMZ, Gaspard instructed the lifeguards to save his 10-year old son before he was rescued and they were not able to rescue Gaspard. As of this writing, Shad has not been found. It’s noted in the article that another “big wave” crashed onto Gaspard and that was the last time he was seen.

In another update from TMZ, the U.S. Coast Guard informed the publication that the search for Gaspard has been suspended. There was at least one boat still searching for Shad this morning. The case will not be closed until Shad is found, but for now, search efforts have been scaled back.

Shad’s family sent a statement to the likes of Kofi Kingston, MVP and Shane “Hurricane” Helms to pass along to the public regarding the news of Shad’s disappearance:

“@Shadbeast‘s family appreciates all the love, support, and concern through this horrible ordeal. At this time they are not ready to make any public or official statements to any media outlet And ask all to respect their wishes.”

Siliana Gaspard, wife of Shad Gaspard expressed her gratitude for all the support that she and her family have received. She also thanked the first responders who saved their son and added that the family is hoping and praying for Shad’s return.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad.

Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad. .

From The Entire Gaspard & Chittick Family”

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to FOX News that they are still searching for Shad Gaspard, although they can not speak for other agencies involved with the case.

Shad’s tag team partner, JTG shared a text message that Shad sent to him on the day of Kobe Bryant’s passing and Shad wrote: “If I ever die tomorrow, just know I love you as a brother and a friend forever, even past life.”

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