Charles Jacob Persho

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Above: Persho, circa 1998

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 14, 1998 from Madeira Beach, Florida
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 25, 1972
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, hazel eyes. Persho has a tattoo on his left upper arm.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Persho was last seen on January 14, 1998. Four days beforehand, he had gone to work on Edward Ballo's fishing vessel, the Kelly J. Ballo stated they were out on the Gulf of Mexico, 60 miles west of Madeira Beach, Florida, when Persho became ill and started to hallucinate. He jumped off the boat into the ocean. Ballo attempted to help Persho back on the boat by throwing ropes and a ladder into the water, but Persho kept pushing them away and refused assistance. Ballo then called the United States Coast Guard for help. By the time Coast Guard officials arrived, however, Persho had disappeared. He is believed to have drowned, but his body was not recovered.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
    727-582-6200

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    Source Information
    Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 11, 2007; casefile added.

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