Thursday, March 23, 2023


Florida Man Goes Missing During Jet Ski Trip to Bimini

A Florida man is missing after he attempted to jet ski from South Florida to Bimini.

Fifty-two-year-old Charles “Chuck” Walker told his family last Friday of his plans to leave Pompano Beach for Bimini on his jetski, which is believed to be a distance of 115 miles.

His family has not heard from him since last Friday when he was last seen at 5 pm in the 3200 block of Northeast 16 Street in Pompano Beach.

But his last known position while at sea was 15 nautical miles off West Palm Beach.

His friend Whitney Nolen took to social media, pleading for help in finding Walker.

Detectives are asking the public for assistance in locating the man.

Walker is 5 feet and 9 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds and has grey hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information on Walker’s whereabouts should contact Broward Sheriff Office at 954-321-4268.


A Sister Is Praying the Missing Boaters Come Home

More than a week since their disappearance on the high seas, sister Themeia Sands is anxiously awaiting her brothers’ return, who traveled in a boat from Bimini to their purported next stop, Andros.

Themeia took to social media asking for assistance in finding the men, Christopher Mackey and Jerone Sands, showing the bright yellow and white boat they were last seen in.

Mackey, 51, worked at the Water and Sewage Corporation and Sands, 44, was a carpenter and a boat engine repair man, travelling from Nassau to Florida to pick up a boat, purchased by a buyer in the capital.

Family members in Bimini said the men stopped by on their way to Andros, but experienced a problem with the boat’s engine and the hull. And were admonished to take a plane from Bimini but the men opted to continue their journey to Andros, after making the necessary repairs to the vessel.

The brothers left Bimini on Monday 22nd after 3 pm but never reached Andros according to a family member who stood on the dock awaiting their arrival until 2 am.

Since then, the family has been worried, praying the pair will soon call to say they are in good physical shape.

Themeia said, “This is alarming and strange that were funding the sea and aircraft in an effort to find them and bring them home safely. Nothing was spotted. Someone saw or know something.”

The sister, while on social media, agitated for the Royal Bahamas Police force to produce a missing person flyer for the men, calling officers “laid back” in the attempt to help find her brothers.

On Wednesday afternoon, authorities issued the flyer asking for the public’s assistance in finding the men.

If you see Mackey or Sands, call the police at 911 or 502-9991. Family members are also asking the boaters to be on the lookout for the pair.

Where Is Junior Jean? Concerns Grow as Family Pleads for Help

Concerns are growing as 23-year-old Junior Jean still has not emerged after he disappeared on Saturday morning.

His girlfriend, Monica Bocage, with family and friends gathered at Goodman’s Bay in search of Jean who was last seen in the area on Saturday.

Junior Jean is seen with his girlfriend Monica Bocage, before his disappearance.

What we know

  • Police have recovered his vehicle, car keys, wallet, and cell phone.
  • He last spoke to his girlfriend on Friday night before going to bed.
  • He had plans to meet his girlfriend on Saturday morning but she could not get in contact with him.


Jean lives Bernard Road area and no one knows why he was in the vicinity of Goodman’s Bay.

What they’re saying

Police are treating it as a missing person case.

His mother who was in the hospital at the time of his disappearance said it is unlike him to go out without informing someone of his whereabouts.

“Junior just called me on Wednesday and when I called Saturday, someone tell me Junior phone at CID,” she said.

Someone claimed to have seen him on the beach reading his Bible.

Bocage, in a social media post, pleads with Jean to come home. “I’m praying for you and waiting on God to intervene.

How to help

The family wants assistance with boats and drones to help locate Jean. If you can assist, please call 818-3552.

Missing Boater Found After Bimini Trip. Coast Guards Suspect Human Smuggling Activity.

A South Florida boater was found alive after being reported missing for several days. However, officials suspect human smuggling activity.

Fifty-four-year-old Juan Gonzalez was on his way from Bimini, Bahamas in a 22-foot vessel with a stepson who is not a US citizen, and was expected to arrive at Homestead Bayfront Park in Miami on Sunday.

When he did not show up, a missing person’s report was filed.

Someone spotted a disabled boat about 10 miles off Jupiter Inlet. He was rescued after reporting that he had run out of fuel.

Lt Karolina Vega said, “Human smuggling ventures, whether paid for or made by a friend or family member are subject to criminal and civil penalties.”

Mariners should file a float plan, tell someone where they are going and when they are returning, and be in possession of a VHF radio.

Gonzalez is being investigated further.


Gabby’s Murder Case: Fugitive Boyfriend Could Lead US Authorities to the Bahamas

Twenty-three-year-old Brian Laundrie, the fiance of Gabby Petito and the man alleged to have killed her, could be in the Bahamas.

Popular Criminal Investigator and Television Personality John Walsh joined police in the manhunt for Laundrie and said he got a tip that Laundrie was possibly sighted in Freeport, the second city.

“A lady there believes she spotted him…She said there is never a white guy…looks exactly like this guy walking in [her] neigbourhood.

“She said, ‘I swear I saw him.'”

Laundrie has become a fugitive, since returning to his home in Sarasota Florida, from a camping trip in Wyoming without Gabby. The 22-year-old’s body was later found by police at the camping site, which the authorities have ruled a homicide case.

Laundrie then disappeared days later and his parents reported him missing to the police.

Walsh told News Nation in an interview that it is possible that the sighting could be Laundrie, based on Florida’s proximity to the Bahamas.

“You can take a ferry from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas and all you have to do is have a vaccine proof that you don’t have COVID, show your passport then you get on boats,” Walsh said.

Laundrie’s parents have given police tips on his possible whereabouts and police have scoured a preserve area near his home, but to no avail.

Many people are skeptical of Laundrie’s parents’ true intent to find him. The parents have not spoken to the media nor Gabby’s parents since she went missing.

Gabby and Laundrie were YouTubers who chronicled their cross-country trips on social media.

Since her disappearance, social media users have been drawn to the story and internet sleuths have helped police in the investigation.

Gabby’s funeral was held on Sunday.

Brothers Plead for Help in Search for Missing Father

Brothers Ryan and Robert Bethell are still searching for their father who went missing more than a week ago.

Robert Bethel Sr, a taxi driver was last seen at 4 o’clock in the afternoon on August 22, leaving Paradise Island, in his vehicle. But the brothers have not seen him since.

The matter has been reported to the police, but officials do not have any leads on the missing Bethell.

The brothers have since taken matters into their own hands to find their father. Ryan said he and his brother have searched nature trails looking for Bethell Sr, but to no avail.

“Five years ago today, I was out with my boys hitting the trails for fun. Today, my brother Robert  was out in the same trails looking for our dad…”

Ryan said they are holding out hope and asking anyone with information to come forward.

“No matter how small, it is an asset,” he said.

The 79-year-old is a resident of #37 New Hope Drive.

He is of dark brown complexion, 5’9, and of slim built.

If you can help this family, call CDU at 502-9991/2.


Aunt of Missing 15-Year-Old Wants the Court to Deal With Him

Police today, confirmed that missing 15-year old Miller Georges was found and reunited with his family.

The aunt and guardian of Miller is happy about his return home, one day after expressing anger and worry, since the boy left home to purchase an item from the corner grocery store, more than a week ago.

Janette Augustine said she believed the boy ran away from home.

“Send him to court. Put him back where he comes from,” she said.

“I can’t hurt myself anymore. I’m old.”

Miller was a student at S.C McPherson Junior High School and was transferred to the Boys Industrial School for behavioral reasons.

Augustine explained that she took Miller under her care after his mother was deported to Haiti, and ever since, she has had to deal with Miller’s behavioral challenges.

Wiping tears from her eyes, Jannette Augustine told CSJ Report, she did not sleep since he went missing.

She said Miller asked for money to go to a convenient store on the corner of Lazaretto Road, off Carmichael Road, and left the house after 9 pm, but never returned.

This comes after the discovery of the body of 17-year-old Lavard Mckenzie, who too went missing last week Thursday, but was found in bushes off Carmichael. Police say they are questioning suspects in regard to that matter.

Father Remembers Missing 17-Year-Old as Greatest Blessing, After Grim Discovery

The death of 17-year-old Lavard McKenzie sent a shockwave through the Carmichael Road community on Sunday afternoon.

Family and friends were stunned at the discovery of his body after he went missing last week Thursday.

Father, Lavard Mckenzie Sr described his son as a special blessing and lamented that the people responsible will be held to account.

“Lavard McKenzie was my greatest blessing and they took him from me. They will pay and their family,” he said.

Lavardo McKenzie Photo credit: Mar Ley Facebook
Father of Lavard Mckenzie      Photo credit: Lavard McKenzie Sr Facebook

Lavard was a student of Carlton E. Francis Primary School and C.V Bethel Senior High School.

His body was discovered around 4 pm through a winding, narrow track road, through bushes off Millar’s Heights, London Avenue.

Neighbors recall smelling a strong odor in the area, as family members canvassed the area in search of Lavard.

The area where searchers found the body of Lavard Mckenzie

After the discovery was made just one corner away from where he lived, cries echoed the Carmichael Road area.

Distraught family members congregated near the scene, and were heard saying, “Why you’ll bring grammy? I told you’ll not to bring her.”

Searchers said the body sustained an injury to the head.

An infuriated family member posted to Facebook, questioning why the suspects killed Lavard.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force issued a missing person flyer on Friday after Lavard never returned home.