Captain Donny E. Ashley

Captain Donny E. Ashley

Pontiac Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, July 3, 1968

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Donny E. Ashley

Captain Donny Ashley drowned during a search for two missing children on the Clinton River in Pontiac, Michigan.

He and an Oakland County Sheriff's Office marine deputy were moving down the river when their boat went over a waterfall. The boat tipped over and Captain Ashley, who was known to be a strong swimmer, drowned in the strong turbulence at the base of the waterfall. The Oakland County deputy survived the incident.

Captain Ashley had served with the Pontiac Police Department for 24 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Capt. Ashley,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pontiac. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 3, 2018

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