Police continue search for missing man on Daufuskie Island

Crime & Safety

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) — The search for a missing man on Daufuskie Island continues after a second day. Police say the man jumped from a dock and never resurfaced.

Multiple agencies are searching for is searching for Craig Jones, 51, who they believe is the missing person. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) says the man jumped from the dock Saturday morning around 7:50.

The Coast Guard has suspended it’s search for Jones on Sunday morning as it awaits more information.

“The Coast Guard, along with partner agencies, used all available assets and means to search for Mr. Jones in the Cooper River yesterday,” says Lt. j.g. Allison Rychtanek, a search and rescue controller for Sector Charleston Command Center.

“Due to the nature of the waterway and the duration of daytime searches, the Coast Guard, unfortunately, had to suspend its search, pending any further developments,” Rychtanek said.

However, BCSO, the Department of Natural Resources and the Daufuskie Island Fire Department continue searching.

Witnesses told police Jones is an African-American man, 6-foot-one inch tall and weighs around 200 pounds. Jones is bald and has a goatee. He was also seen wearing a blue shirt and blue shorts, according to BCSO.

Police ask anyone with information to call 843-524-2777. 

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