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Search continues for body reported in water off Port Orchard Marina
Law enforcement personnel are waiting for a body discovered in the water to resurface this week, after searchers spent the weekend looking for the victim.
According to Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, a person on a yacht discovered the body in the water about 6:15 p.m. Friday, June 21, while sailing near the Port Orchard Marina.
Wilson said when the person tried to retrieve the body, but it sank underwater.
Boats from KCSO, Port Orchard Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, along with divers, searched for body until late Friday evening.
Divers and boat crews returned to the water Saturday morning, along with a Coast Guard helicopter, to continue the search for the body, said Port Orchard Police Chief Geoffrey Marti.
Wilson said a Bainbridge Island boat crew was slated to assist with the search using a underwater sonar, but the boat suffered mechanical problems.
On Sunday, about a dozen members of the KCSO Explorers’ Search and Rescue unit and boat crews searched during low tide the shoreline between Waterman Point and Gorst and to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
A 51-year-old Central Kitsap man, Thomas Craig Vogt, was reported missing on Thursday. His truck was found Saturday morning at Pat Carey Vista Park on the shoreline of the Port Washington Narrows, a channel running through Bremerton that connects Dyes Inlet with Sinclair Inlet.
Wilson said no one knows whether the body spotted is that of Vogt, but the circumstances point to that being a strong possibility.
“It’s probably him, but until we find the body and it’s identified by the coroner, we can’t say,” Wilson said.
Vogt lives with his mother and left home without medicine he needs and without a phone or debit and credit cards.