CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) — Authorities on the island of São Jorge in the Azores contacted the Carolina Beach Police Department after finding a boat registered to a man who went missing in Carolina Beach, according to a city press release. The Azores are a mid-Atlantic archipelago and an autonomous region of Portugal.
Joseph Matthew Johnson was reported missing on November 27, 2021 and was last seen on November 22, departing on his 19-foot, center-console fishing boat SeaCraft. He is 6ft 2in tall with strawberry blonde hair. Despite a lengthy search that lasted 53 hours and surveyed an area of about 7,498 square miles, Coast Guard crews were unable to find him.
On June 24, Sao Jorge Island authorities contacted the CBPD about a boat with a hull number registered to a 2006 Clearwater boat owned by Joseph Matthew Johnson. Johnson himself was not found.
Now Portuguese authorities are working with the CBPD to gather evidence and information to try to locate Johnson. In a press release, the CBPD thanked national missing and unidentified persons for their help in finding Johnson and for connecting with Portuguese authorities.
The city is asking anyone with information about Joseph Matthew Johnson to call 911 or the CPBD at 910-458-2540.
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