Thursday, January 31, 2013
January 31, 2013
Law Enforcement Searching St. Johns River in Green Cove for Missing Man
The Green Cove Springs Police Department received a missing person report today regarding 69-year-old John H. Butler, Jr of Green Cove Springs. Butler was last seen on Monday by patrons of a nearby restaurant located at a golf course on SR 16 and by employees of the Green Cove Marina (located at Reynolds Park off SR 16). Butler lives on a boat that is docked on Pier 12 at the Green Cove Marina and is well known to the employees and other residents of the area. Employees of the marina became concerned when they realized they had not seen Butler since Monday, which is unusual, and called to report their concerns. Butler’s boat has been searched and there are no signs of foul play at this point in the investigation. His personal belongings, golf cart, dinghy (used to ferry between the dock and the boat) are all there. He lives alone on the boat and doesn’t have family in the area. Responding law enforcement officials are concerned that Butler may have fallen into the St. Johns River. As a result, the GCSPD requested assistance from various agencies who are now assisting with the search for John Butler. This includes the CCSO’s Dive Team, the U.S. Coast Guard (by helicopter and boat) and FWC. So far, there are no signs of the missing man. Anyone with information that may help authorities is asked to contact the Green Cove Springs Police Department at (904) 297-7300. GCSPD Detective Acres is the lead on the case. Chief Robert Musco has also responded to the scene.