John F. Bolden

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Above Images: Bolden, circa 1998

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 27, 1998 from Miramar, Florida
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 4, 1963
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6 - 5'7, 148 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, green eyes. Bolden has a scar over his left eye.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white short-sleeved polo shirt, long tan pants, white sneakers and a life preserver.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bolden was last seen offshore from Miramar, Florida on February 27, 1998. He and two other men, Fred King and Dairo Restrepo, had set sail for the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. Their 19-foot pleasure craft capsized off Haulover Beach and drifted towards Cape Canaveral. Bolden attempted to swim to shore to get help, but apparently never arrived. King and Restrepo were rescued by the Coast Guard two days later, clinging to the side of their boat as it drifted 35 miles off the Florida coast.

    An extensive search turned up no sign of Bolden. He is presumed to have drowned.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Miami-Dade County Sheriff's Office
    305-471-1700

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    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    NamUs
    The Vero Beach Press Journal

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 18, 2013; casefile added.

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