EVERETT, Wash. - After he first went missing nine months ago, a memorial service was held for Tulalip Police Officer Charlie Cortez on Tuesday.
Officer Cortez went missing while trying to help a boater in Tulalip Bay. Tribal, local, state and federal agencies helped in a search for the 29-year-old officer.
"Our family is extremely grateful for their perseverance and their dedication towards trying to help find my son because I know they knew that Charlie would've been out there looking for them," said Cortez's mother, Paula Cortez.
Leading up to the service there was a procession along the Everett Waterfront.
The memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m. today in the Angel of the Winds Arena.
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