Edward Joseph Garlinghouse Jr.

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Above Images: Garlinghouse, circa 2013


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 9, 2013 from Okeechobee, Florida
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 28, 1968
  • Age: 44 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Some agencies refer to Garlinghouse as Edward Tarlinghouse. His nickname is Butch. He may use the alias name Mick Spence and the alias dates of birth May 21, 1965, March 29, 1967 and/or May 20, 1968.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue swimming trunks with a white stripe.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Garlinghouse was last seen just north of Lake Worth in Okeechobee, Florida at approximately 12:00 p.m. on February 9, 2013. He and three other men went into the ocean to rescue two girls who'd been caught in a riptide. He helped save them, and the children and the three men reached shore safely, but Garlinghouse got into trouble in the water and went under. He has never been seen again and an extensive search turned up no sign of him. He is presumed drowned.

    Garlinghouse left behind two children. His body has never been found.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office



    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Palm Beach Post


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 7, 2016; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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