May 21, 2013

Man goes missing while on boating trip

 An Alaskan man who has been in Key West for the past year has gone missing, along with the 39 foot trimaran sailboat he was traveling on.

Jay Wesley Rydberg, 40 years old, was reportedly living on the sailboat in Garrison Bight Marina. He’d moved to Florida from Alaska to be near his 11 year old son, who lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida. His sister, Jill Lesseig, of Fairbanks, Alaska said he sailed from Key West to Fort Myers and was on the return trip last week on board his sailboat, called “3/4 Time”. She said he called her on May 13th in the morning and was calm and relaxed. He told her he should be arriving in Key West Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

Tuesday morning, May 14th, at 4:13 a.m. the Coast Guard detected his Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and initiated a search that lasted for 78 hours. The EPIRB was located 33 miles north of Key West, but they found no other signs of Rydberg or his vessel. At the time the beacon went off, weather was 20 knot winds and three foot seas. There were no reported storms in the area, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Lesseig said Rydberg worked at “manual labor” but she wasn’t sure who he worked for. She said he was known to ride a bright red bicycle. Rydberg is described as a white male, 5’11” tall, 170 – 175 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and he often wore a beard. He has scars on his abdomen and is missing his right eye. He reportedly often wore an eye patch.

Anyone who knows anything about Rydberg, or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Major Crimes Detective Manuel Cuervo is assigned as lead investigator.

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