Thursday, July 26, 2012

Have You Seen This Boat Or Missing Father Who May Have Last Been Boating Off Shores Of Laurelhust?

Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson is desperately searching for his father,  Richard Sweezey, who has been  missing since between 1:30-4pm on July 20th and  presumed drowned off the shore of Laurelhurst as the boat he was in  drifted across Lake Washington before running aground in Kirkland that same evening.

The Seattle Times report states:
The investigation began at 7 p.m. (on July 20th) after a resident in the 300 block of Lake Avenue West called police to report the boat had drifted onto the shoreline. 
Police boarded the 48-foot Chris Craft, Roamer, found a portable generator running and a tool in the water but didn't find Sweezey, 67. 
Fearing he had fallen into the water, the sheriff's helicopter unit and deputies began a search with help from the Coast Guard and Seattle Police Marine Patrol.
Deputies found Sweezey's car at the Queen City Yacht Club in Portage Bay, where he has a slip. Police searched the area between Sweezey's boat slip and where the boat was found, without success.
"Rick was an experienced yachtsman and electrician who often drifted off shore in Seattle’s Laurelhurst area just north of 520 while making repairs to the boat’s deck,"  Jeremy told us.

The boat, named "Tern," is a 1960s-era 48-foot CrissCraft Roamer, white with a bright blue stripe and the railings had been  removed for maintenance.

Jeremy told us that the family is "looking for either eye witnesses or (even better) archived lake-facing security footage from Friday between 1:30 and 4." 

The family is anxious for any information about anything anyone may have seen and the approximate timeline and is offering a reward. 

"My family would be eternally grateful for any information that leads to my father's recovery" Jeremy added.

If you saw anything that afternoon or have any security footage leading to information about the boat’s whereabouts that afternoon to determine what happened to Jeremy's dad,  please call Jeremy at 206 390-5679 or email him at

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