Edward Joseph Garlinghouse Jr.
Garlinghouse, approximately 2013
Date reported missing : 02/09/2013
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/28/1968 (53)
Age at the time of disappearance: 44 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 180 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Blue swimming trunks with a white stripe.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies refer to Garlinghouse as Edward Tarlinghouse. His nickname is Butch. He may use the alias name Mick Spence and the alias dates of birth May 21, 1965, March 29, 1967 and/or May 20, 1968.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Garlinghouse was last seen just north of Lake Worth in Okeechobee, Florida at approximately 12:00 p.m. on February 9, 2013. He and three other men went into the ocean to rescue two girls who'd been caught in a riptide.
He helped save them, and the children and the three other men reached shore safely, but Garlinghouse got into trouble in the water and went under. He has never been seen again and an extensive search turned up no sign of him. He is presumed drowned.
Garlinghouse left behind two children. His body has never been found.
Other information and links : ncy
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 2–5% of missing children in Europe. By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends. Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
The Palm Beach Post
October 12, 2004. September 7, 2016; Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.