Sheriff launches search for missing SK man

Officers searched the water along the Port Orchard waterfront over the weekend in an effort to find a 50-year-old South Kitsap man reported missing last week, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said Thomas George Felix of Mullenix Road was reported missing on March 30 by his wife, who said she had not seen her husband since two days earlier.

After speaking to his wife, authorities believed there was a possibility Felix could be suicidal and launched a Search & Rescue (SAR) mission to find him.

As of Monday, Wilson said divers with the sheriff’s SAR Unit were unable to locate the man or any clues to his whereabouts.

However, a Port Orchard Police officer discovered Felix’s red, Nissan truck behind a restaurant on Bay Street on Thursday. The truck was unlocked, and was determined to have been parked there at least since 9:40 a.m. on March 29.

Once the truck was discovered, the SAR officers began searching for Felix with three search dogs. Wilson said the dogs picked up a tracking scent that led to the end of a public pier in the Port Orchard Marina, then divers from Underwater Search and Rescue Volunteers of Kitsap County began an underwater search.

Felix is described as a white male, 5-10, 185-pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be wearing a light blue and red, ski-type parka or jacket.

The investigation into his disappearance is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Felix are asked to contact Detective Lori Blankenship at (360) 337-5615.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at (800) CRIME-13.

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