Frank L. Doherty Jr.
Doherty, approximately 1987
Date reported missing : 12/20/1987
Missing location (approx) :
Brevard County, Florida
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/03/1943 (78)
Age at the time of disappearance: 44 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 150 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Doherty's nickname is Skip. He has scars on his fingers, leg, head, left eyebrow and left wrist.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Doherty was last seen in Brevard County, Florida on December 20, 1987. He left Port Canaveral at 6:30 a.m. on a fishing expedition in a 21-foot, gas-powered Chris Craft boat. The captain was John DeGoes, and passengers included Doherty, James Meulemans, and his twelve-year-old son Jamie. They were meant to be gone for twelve hours and then return by nightfall.
The boat never returned to shore. The body of the captain was found about twelve miles off Daytona Beach, Florida on December 26. James Meulemans's body washed ashore in January. His son and Doherty were never located and neither was any sign of the boat, in spite of an extensive search.
Authorities aren't sure how the boat apparently ran into trouble, as DeGoes was an experienced captain who frequently led fishing trips, and water conditions were not bad on the day they all went missing. The boat had a radio, but never sent out any distress signals. Both Jamie and Doherty are presumed lost at sea.
Other information and links : ncy
Brevard County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Orlando Sentinel
The Palm Beach Post
October 12, 2004. April 21, 2019; .
Interactive Missing Person Search Map