James Donald Crockett

Crockett, circa 2005

  • Missing Since 03/10/2005
  • Missing From Tangier Island, Virginia
  • Classification Lost/Injured Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Age 74 years old
  • Height and Weight Unknown
  • Associated Vehicle(s) 38-foot fishing vessel called the Eldora C
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Gray hair. Crockett's nickname is Donnie.

Details of Disappearance

Crockett was last seen in the Chesapeake Bay on March 10, 2005. He left his Tangier Island, Virginia home and took his 38-foot fishing vessel, the Eldora C, out on the water. He took his pet cat to a veterinarian appointment in Crisfield, Maryland, thirteen miles away. He left the veterinarian's office at noon to sail home.

There was a severe storm that day, with snow, 58-mile-per-hour winds and six-foot swells. While out on the ocean, Crockett radioed a man on a nearby boat, but didn't indicate there was anything wrong. The other sailor pulled ahead of Crockett and lost sight of him. He was scheduled to return to the island by 1:30 p.m., but he never arrived.

The Coast Guard began searching for Crockett at 3:30 p.m. The only thing they found was a life ring from the Eldora C and a small oil slick, south of Watts Island, Virginia.

Crockett is a very experienced fisherman who lived on Tangier Island his entire life. He had four sons, all of whom are also fishermen. One of Crockett's sons died of cancer in 2005, and Crockett's wife died in 1982. He is presumed to be lost at sea, but his body and his boat were never recovered.

Investigating Agency

  • United States Coast Guard

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 22, 2011; casefile added.