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Missing Boaters

Sept 2, 2019 - At approximately 10:30pm, Mercer Island Police responded to loud music coming from a boat offshore in the 7700 block of West Mercer Way. Officers responded in our Marine Patrol Boat and found the vessel which was still playing loud music. The boat, a red 20’ ski-type boat, was found to be unoccupied. There was evidence aboard that at least two people were aboard at some time in the evening, however, attempts to locate its occupants were to no avail.

Mercer Island Police was joined by Seattle Harbor and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in searching the lake. With winds out of the north/northwest, it is presumed the vessel drifted from Seattle’s jurisdictional waters. Coast Guard used a helicopter to search the lake as ground and other marine units searched the water and shoreline. A truck and trailer were located, which were associated with the boat, at Gene Coulon Park, City of Renton. Both were impounded as this investigation continues.

Officers and Detectives have contacted friends and family and have determined that there were at least one adult male and one adult female aboard who are currently missing. Both were from the Seattle area and the male was experienced operating this vessel.

The search continues with the assistance of Seattle Police Harbor Patrol and USCG. Updates will be posted to media and social media outlets if/when available.

UPDATE: As of Sept 9, the coast Guard has suspended its search and the two individuals have not yet been found. The MIPD continues to search using various underwater technologies.


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