John Van Vliet Miller
Miller, approximate photo date 1975
Missing since: 05/01/1975
Tenants Harbor, Maine
Type of missing case: Lost/Injured Missing
Age at time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight: 5'10 - 6'0, 195 - 210 pounds
Other characteristics: Caucasian male. Red hair, blue eyes. Miller's nickname is Judd, and many agencies refer to him by that name.
Details at time of disappearance: Miller was last seen floating in his lobster boat in the ocean off Tenants Harbor, Maine on May 1, 1975. He was accompanied by his friend and business partner, Michael Pearcy, at the time. Miller had just purchased the boat and was on his way home from Stockton Springs, Maine. He and Pearcy have never been heard from again.
The next day, Miller's boat was found anchored in off Turtle Head on Isle Au Haut. The hatch cover was off, leading to speculation that the vessel became overheated, and the plywood skiff was missing. The skiff was found floating upside down near Belfast, Maine a day after the boat was found. There was no sign of Pearcy or Miller.
Investigators believe both men drowned. They speculate that one fell over and the other went in to save him, or that they both got into the skiff and tried to go back to shore, but got into trouble in the water.
The water was only 40 degrees Fahrenheit on the day Miller and Pearcy disappeared, but the weather and the ocean conditions were ideal for sailing. The United States Coast Guard investigated and issued a report saying the two men were presumed lost at sea.
Miller's family, however, believes he may have survived. They think he may have suffered a head injury, developed amnesia, and forgotten his identity. There have been reported sightings of Miller since his disappearance, which would support the amnesia theory, but none of the sightings have been confirmed.
Pearcy and Miller's cases remained unsolved and they are still presumed drowned.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Knox County Sheriff's Office
Other information: The Doe Network
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated April 14, 2019 name corrected, height and weight added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.