Monday, August 15, 2022

Missing boater’s vessel washes ashore on Portugal island

Johnson was last seen Nov. 22, 11 a.m., leaving the Federal Point Yacht Club marina on his 19-foot Seacraft center console fishing boat.

CAROLINA BEACH — Authorities in São Jorge Island, Azores, Portugal, found a boat that belongs to a Carolina Beach resident who went missing last Thanksgiving.

According to the Carolina Beach Police Department, the 2006 Clearwater boat belonging to Joseph Matthew Johnson washed ashore. Authorities contacted the CBPD June 24 after the vessel’s hull number came back registered to Johnson. Johnson was not aboard the boat.

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The 44-year-old Carolina Beach resident was reported missing Nov. 27 by a friend who arrived in town to join him for a preplanned fishing trip. Johnson was last seen Nov. 22, 11 a.m., leaving the Federal Point Yacht Club marina on his 19-foot Seacraft center console fishing boat.

Johnson is a white male, 6’2”, 220 pounds with strawberry blonde hair; he often fishes offshore near Frying Pan Shoals.

The Coast Guard searched for the boater for over two days, across 7,498 square miles.

According to a press release, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons database was instrumental in leading Portuguese authorities to the Carolina Beach Police Department. Both are working together in order to collect additional evidence or information in the search for Johnson.

“The Carolina Beach Police Department would like to thank the National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NAMUS) in their continued involvement in trying to locate Mr. Johnson,” it noted in a press release.

Anyone with information regarding Johnson should contact 911 or the Carolina Beach Police Department at 910-458-2540. 

The investigation is ongoing.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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