William Vernon Smith
Smith, approximately 2013
Date and time person was reported missing : 01/19/2013
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/22/1934 (87)
Age at the time of disappearance: 78 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 175 pounds
Medical conditions : Smith was in poor health at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Smith disappeared withÂ Thomas Brewer. The two men were last seen departing Marathon, Florida on January 19, 2013, on a 35-foot sailing vessel with a white hull, called Blondie. They told friends they planned to travel to the Caribbean Islands, possibly Jamaica.
They never returned, and family members reported them missing on March 1, six weeks after they were last seen. A Coast Guard search turned up no sign of Brewer, Smith or the Blondie, and the Coast Guard found no indication that they had entered any foreign ports. They are presumed lost at sea.
Other information and links : ncy
Marathon Police Department
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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