Coast Guard ends active search for missing man in western Lake Erie

47 MarbleheadCLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard ended its active search Tuesday night in western Lake Erie near Turtle Island, Ohio, for a missing man who was expected back Monday night and did not return.

Missing is 35 year old Brenton Burton of Toledo, Ohio.

This decision was made after the identified search area was saturated with the appropriate assets and resources, with no indication of the missing person.

“The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is one of the most difficult to make,” said Cmdr. Kevin Floyd, chief of prevention for Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

“I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Brenton Burton. After conducting an exhaustive search with our partner agencies in Lake Erie covering more than 250 square miles by air and boat, we made the decision to suspend the active search.”

Watchstanders worked with the man’s cell phone provider in an attempt to locate him. It was reported that the phone was last used Monday just after 11:30 p.m.

At 8:50 a.m., search crews located an overturned boat fitting the reported description near Turtle Island as well as a gas can near Luna Pier.

Both the boat and gas can were found inside the search area.

Around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the watchstander at Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, and the Monroe County, Michigan, Sheriff’s office were notified that Burton was missing. It was reported that he departed Monday morning from Halfway Marina around 9 a.m. on a trip to Turtle Island, Ohio, and he planned to return by sunset

Searching were: Coast Guard Stations Toledo and Marblehead, Ohio, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Toledo Fire Department, the Frenchtown Fire Department and the Jerusalem Township dive team.

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