Search suspended for missing mother and son West of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews suspended their search Tuesday evening for a mother and son who are overdue since Thursday from a recreational boating trip in waters west of Puerto Rico.

Jo Ann Anderson, 65, and Brent Folgner, 39, U.S. nationals residing in Rincon, Puerto Rico are still missing after they were expected to return from a recreational boating trip Thursday afternoon, but the mother and son never returned.

Coast Guard rescue crews spent five days conducting 22 searches spanning out more than 33,760 nautical square miles throughout the search area, which covered the entire Mona Passage and waters southeast from the Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard controllers in the Sector San Juan Joint Rescue Sub Center were initially contacted Friday afternoon by Ashley Gatlin, Folgner’s girlfriend, who reported that she had not heard from her boyfriend after he had departed with Anderson Thursday morning from Black Eagle Marina Rincon, Puerto Rico. The boaters departed aboard the Agua Azul, a recreational 18-foot-white and red Fountain 1978 powerboat with a black canopy and powered by a 135-horsepower Mercury outboard engine.

“Our thought and prayers go out during these difficult times to the friends and families of our missing boaters,” said Capt. James E. Tunstall, Sector San Juan Commander. “We aggresively searched for five days and received excellent support from the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive and Coast Guard air assets from Air Station’s Borinquen, Miami and Clearwater Fla., and from our local partners, Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action.”

Coast Guard rescue crews searched since Friday for the two missing boaters with HH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla, a HU-25 Falcon Jet from Air Station Miami, an HC-130 aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, and a Coast Guard Auxiliary fixed-wing aircraft. Since the search began Friday, Puerto Rico Police rescue crews aboard Cobra marine units also participated in the the search efforts to find Anderson and Folgner.

Coast Guard Cutter Decisive is a medium-endurance cutter homeported at Singing River Island in Pascagoula, Miss.

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  1. Patti Carrico says:

    To all that loved our sister.!

    I wish to share her love and her spirit..

    We grew up in early years as young children on the beach and we played kissing ” I love my sister games”, taking turns kissing each other . We were innocent we loved each other and life was grand…!

    I am strained to speak to her incredible undying love and acceptance of all. Simply she was a mold of only one ..broken, fragile always and in spite looked to the best of life and loved always.

    While it is true that all that love her feel an incrediuble fear for her loss, We do have hope .We do have love for you our ” sissy” . Please, please let us know someway, somehow, if you have come home…

    We are waiting, you are loved..

    Mike and Patti

  2. Patti Carrico says:

    For my brother Mike… That was so incredible happy to reunite with our sister angel JO Ann on October 15, 2008.She loved you Mike… Always…..God Bless..

  3. sandra darwin says:

    we miss and love you brent & Jo Ann!!!!!! and thank you too the cost guard for all your help….

  4. Michelle Hykes says:

    My heart goes out to the family… I knew Brent for many years he was an old High School friend that was always there for his friends in good and bad times, he was a handful and we loved him, good times, we will miss u Brent… You are in our thoughts and prayers God bless you and be with your family and friends in this difficult time…

  5. Joann Folgner says:

    I’ve been in Puerto Rico for the past several days in an effort to search for clues and to help the local people that are dedicating themselves to this search.

    I have met several wonderful people that are doing their very best to find Brent and Jo Ann.

    I want to thank the Coast Guard and local police department for working so hard to help us.

    A special thank you to the civilian’s that have donated their time and efforts.

    Thank you to all that have shown your love and support during these past days.

    This has been a very difficult time and I am sorry for not answering all of the phone calls that have been pouring in.
    I appreciate the prayers and well wishes from everyone.

  6. George R. Hemmers says:

    Brent was definitely a handful, but he had a good heart. We had many good times playing paintball, and just chillin’. Hopefully, he and his mother will be found safe and sound.

  7. Stout Family - Garland Texas says:

    Ms. Folgner –
    Thank you for the posting on June 30th. I and my family had recently met both Jo Ann and Brent and found them both warm and friendly.
    Please keep us posted with any updates – we will keep our prayers of finding them in good health and may you stay safe as well.

  8. Joann Folgner says:

    Please everyone join in on our Blog that I created on Myspace so that we can talk about our feelings and comments about my husband and mother-in-law.

    I love them both very much, and know that many of you do too. It will be very helpful for us all to talk.

    Please join in

    You may also write to me directly

    May God Bless Them and return them safely

  9. Cecil & Jeanette Dyer says:

    We love you Brent as our son-in-law and also as a friend and family member. We haven’t given up hope. Lets do Vegas again.