Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater

WANCHESE - The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for a boater, who disappeared in Dare County.

Coast Guardsmen did not explain why they are putting off the search for 51-year-old Jeffery Paul McCusker.

According to investigators, McCusker's vehicle had been at the Mill Landing Road Boat Ramp, in Wanchese on Roanoke Island, since Thursday, Jan. 31. A friend called the Coast Guard late Tuesday night, and a search began Wednesday.

Dare County deputies said they found McCusker's wallet and driver's license in the vehicle.

The Coast Guard believed McCusker was in a 15-foot boat.

Anyone with information on McCusker's whereabouts is asked to call the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at 910-343-3882.

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