On May 11, 2017 Ray went hiking with some friends along Lake Clementine Trail in Auburn. At mid-afternoon, to cool off, Ray jumped from a rock into the American River approximately three quarters of a mile upstream from Clarks swimming hole. The current was too strong for him to swim back to shore and he was carried away from his friends. He was seen for a few yards attempting to  swim against the current, and calling for help to his friends. They acted quickly, calling 911 and trying to get further down the river so they could intercept him, however they lost sight of him soon after he called out for help. The California State Parks Ranger's Dept. as well as Fire & Rescue responded immediately and within the hour they had a helicopter equipped with a FLIR thermal imaging system searching the area. They worked all evening with divers, kayakers, and other resources, but unfortunately they were unable to locate him. The Placer County Sheriff's Department, as well as, the California Highway Patrol is also working in conjunction with the California State Park Rangers, providing resources to find Ray. We are extremely grateful for all of the effort of the departments that have contributed to the search for Raymond; however, these searches are incredibly costly for these departments and they have limits as well as time frames in which they are mandated to stop the search for Ray. Those limits have already began approaching fast. We MUST continue the search for Ray with our own financial backing for things such as search parties, as well as, ANY resources which may contribute to locating our much loved family member and friend. These  necessities are very expensive and we would more than appreciate any support from our friends, family members, and anyone that would like to contribute to this GoFundMe page to help reach our goal to continue searching until Ray is found. Thank you all in advance for the love and support to bring him home. Even the smallest donation helps imensely to add up to our total goal!
1. How Maria Lani Cabalfin is related to Ray: Maria Lani Cabalfin is the mother of Ray.
2. That Maria is withdrawing the donations in her name: Maria Lani Cabalfin (the mother of Raymond) has already and will be continuing to withdraw the remainder of the funds from this campaign in order to pay for Raymonds funeral expenses and also to assist the family financially due to the considerable loss of wages from having to take time off of work in order to search, make funeral arrangments, and mourn for the loss of their loved one.
3. How exactly funds will be spent: As mentioned above, the funds have been used for the arrangements involved with the search effort, as well as to make funeral arrangments and pay for the actual funeral and memorial services themselves.  The remainder will be used to assist the family financially due to the considerable loss of wages from having to take time off of work in order to search for their loved one, and then mourn for the loss of their loved one once he had been located and then laid to rest.

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Nina Rose Leyco Nicholson 
Sacramento, CA

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