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Coast Guard suspends search for missing boat tech last seen test driving in South Baltimore

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 09:06:51-04

BALTIMORE — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a boat technician who went missing in Curtis Bay Saturday morning.

Officials said Allen Van Dyke, a technician at the Jaws Marine boat shop, was last seen around 9:30 a.m. test driving a boat.

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Around 10:15 a.m., Maryland Natural Resources Police found the 25-foot boat unmanned in Curtis Creek, less than one mile from Jaws Marine boat shop.

Multiple crews searched 53 square miles in 28 hours for Van Dyke, before calling off the search just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

“We worked extremely closely with our remarkable state and local partners to do everything we could to return Mr. Van Dyke to his family,” said Capt. Joseph Loring, commander, Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region. “Despite the extensive search effort, we were unable to locate him. Our hearts go out to Mr. Van Dyke’s loved ones.”

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The Coast Guard says it will continue to work with partnering agencies to determine the cause of the incident.

Maryland Natural Resources Police say they will conduct a surface search of the waters on Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard at 410-576-2693.