Samitsch, approximately 2017
Date reported missing : 12/06/2017
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/08/1939 (82)
Age at the time of disappearance: 78 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 200 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. White hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Samitsch was last seen in Marathon, Florida. He left Boot Key Harbor aboard a 39-foot 1972 Pearson sailboat, which had an inoperable engine and minimal navigation electronics. He planned to take a solo sailing trip to visit relatives who lived in Panama, and intended to arrive before Christmas. Samitsch apparently never arrived in Panama and has never been heard from again. He is presumed lost at sea.
Other information and links : ncy
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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