Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard on Saturday suspended a search for a man missing from his boat in Shilshole Bay near Seattle since Friday.

Missing is Jerry Wayne Middleton — reportedly 6 feet, 6 inches tall and Caucasian with brown hair, weighing approximately 350 pounds. His possible last known address was in Houston.

Coast Guard crews from Air Station Port Angeles, Station Seattle, the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion of Bellingham, as well as members of the Bainbridge Island and Seattle police departments, searched the area around Middleton’s last known location for over 20 hours without success, the Coast Guard said.

Shishole Bay Marina staff reviewed their camera footage and Bainbridge Island Police Department personnel searched the shoreline, while the Seattle Police Department personnel assisted overnight Friday with a Harbor Patrol crew and land-side units, the Coast Guard added.

Search efforts began when a good Samaritan reported Middleton’s 14-foot skiff unmanned and adrift in the bay Friday.

A second good Samaritan reported seeing him aboard his skiff 30 minute prior to the unmanned report and a third good Samaritan came across debris in the water.

The Coast Guard can resume the search if credible information is received regarding the missing person’s whereabouts.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at 206-217-6001.

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