Missing Boater Located, Now in Police Custody

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The subject of a multi-agency search on the Edisto River, S.C., and its adjacent waterways is in the custody of Customs and Border Protection after being apprehended at the Canadian border in New York State.

Michael Timothy Jordan, 45, of Charleston was apprehended by CBP officers after he applied for admission into the Unites States at the Peace Bridge border crossing in Buffalo, N.Y. Record checks performed by CBP officers revealed that Jordan was the subject of a missing persons report issued on Wednesday by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office further advised CBP that a felony warrant existed for Jordan, issued on today’s date, for Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent. The warrant stated that Jordan willfully, unlawfully and feloniously breached the trust of a client after he illegally transferred to his personal bank account, $2.35 million that was acquired in the sale of property owned by his client.

Jordan was arrested by CBP officers after they verified the warrant and confirmed extradition. Jordan was turned over to the Buffalo Police Department pending extradition to South Carolina.

Rescue crews from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Coast Guard began searching for Jordan Wednesday at approximately 9 p.m. Jordan’s wife called Coast Guard rescue coordinators from Sector Charleston and reported that he was overdue from a fishing trip.

Multi-agency rescue efforts lasted through out Wednesday night and continued into Thursday evening, which included two boats and a helicopter from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, seven boats from DNR, and two Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station Savannah, Ga., and a rescue boat from Station Charleston.

A Charleston County Sheriff’s Office helicopter found Jordan’s 15-foot john boat named Two Buddies in the vicinity of the Dawho River Bridge, S.C., Thursday at 10:40 a.m. Jordan’s boat was in neutral and showed no signs of a collision or an accident. Jordan was not aboard the vessel.

The cost of DNR and Coast Guard search efforts totaled approximately $64,800.

DNR used 12 officers that worked a total of 112 hours during the search at a cost of approximately $7,280. DNR used seven boats in their search over two days totaling approximately $3,600.

The Coast Guard rescue helicopter searched for approximately 7.5 hours costing approximately more than $6,000 dollars per hour.* The Coast Guard rescue boat searched approximately 10 hours costing approximately more than $700 per hour.

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office estimates were not available for this press release.

*Coast Guard rates include payment of personnel.

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