UPDATE: Missing kayakers identified

Area law enforcement searching Sandusky Bay area for a father and daughter.
Sandusky Register Staff
Apr 7, 2013

UPDATE (5:40 p.m.): The Coast Guard ended its search for the missing kayakers.

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.): Search crews have called off the search for the missing kayakers, although a Coast Guard helicopter is still flying over the area. Quite a few family members and friends have remained searching along the shoreline, while about 20 people have gathered at the family's home in Margaretta Township. 

UPDATE (12:40 p.m.): Jonathan Francis, 30, and his daughter Viola, 12, are still missing. The two were last seen in their boats around 5 p.m. Saturday.

UPDATE (10:29 a.m.): Both kayaks have been located near Lightner road in Ottawa County, but are empty.

The adult male and 12-year-old female were last seen Saturday evening putting their blue and lime green kayaks in the water in from Crystal Rock to paddle to the Edison Bridge and back. The two have not been seen since. They were not wearing personal flotation devices.

The Coast Guard is currently searching for the father/daughter.

If seen, the public is urged to call 911 or call the Erie County Sheriff 419.625.7951.

The sheriff's office and Margaretta Township fire department are currently checking the shoreline.

Comments

2cents's picture
2cents

Let’s hope they came ashore somewhere, maybe in the marsh area. With the lake at 44F, even with PFD they would have a limited survival timeframe in the water. I lost two friends to the lake, even in June she is a bit chilly. The lake is a great place to play, but so many people just take it for granted. With summer coming, please be safe and don’t let her beauty tease you because she can whip up, and rip you apart in five minutes!

Kottage Kat

Praying for good outcome
Mightily

RNR

I really hope they are okay.... let us all remember that if we are going someplace tell a family member or friend where you are going, how long your expected to be gone and the route you are taking. prayers for them for sure

deertracker

Hoping for a good outcome also!

gene44870

Its a sad start to the warm season and its not even Summer , May they find them alive and well

richrs

praying and thinking good thoughts.

Never2L8

im good friends with the mom n step dad. pray over n over again something positive happens and she is ok.

bobshumway92

I hope they turn up okay. This is horrible.

HBK

Any updates?

jes1413

Is this where the kayaks were found, or were they moved before the pictures were taken? Anyone know?

HBK

Sure they were moved & setup like that

jaded

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Ehovemom

Let's not resort to name calling. This sounds like a tragic situation for this whole family. Why not use that energy to pray for a little strength for everyone. No one deserves to lose a child.

HBK

I couldn't agree more, this about a young girl and her father. Not her mother.

gringadeoh

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OmertaMOM1

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Home Boy

Praying for the both of them. But what are people doing in a kayak in Lake Erie in early April with the water temp in the low 40's?

Kelly

and why no life jackets???

Never2L8

they just sent some more divers in the water to search some more

mamaC

hope they are found safe and sound.. Prayers to the family..

Sitting In The ...

My heart goes out to the family....

jaded

truth hurts for all you who were offended by my last comment.

jaded

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OmertaMOM1

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OmertaMOM1

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Commenter

don't stoop to their level!
Prayers for your family.

Unassumer

junior high revival?

OmertaMOM1

lmao yes! had 2 with the idiotic comment she/he made but someone removed it. sure wasnt necessary by no means.

Yellow Snow

SR says missing kayakers have been identified. Does this mean they have been found???
Hoping and praying for a positive outcome for them.

OmertaMOM1

no they are still out looking with divers and choppers.

HBK

I don't see no choppers out there.

Kottage Kat

Please pray if you are so inclined
Leave the hate out of this
A family is suffering
They have enough deal with
Show some compassion
If unable to do that
Silence is a good option
Thank you

Commenter

Good advice. However it's a public forum and I've noticed a lot of insensitive comments on a lot of SR articles. Prayers to this family. It can not be easy for them to go through.

OmertaMOM1

they have stopped now, search has been called off...

bluestreakmom

Praying hard for a good outcome. But I do have to wonder, why were they not wearing life vests?

Yellow Snow

Keep the positive thoughts going. They're going to need it. It was warm today, let's hope they made it to shore somewhere. I hope they're found cold, hungry, and ready to go home.

gringadeoh

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gringadeoh

Not sure why my comment was removed....how did i violate your rules???

magiclady

why u going to wait till 5am to report them missing???? If my kid wasn't home at dark I would of been looking and called the cops why wait 12 hrs later???

Commenter

I wondered that too.

lifetimeresident

Why are the calling off the search. Theres still daylight. Keep searching. We dont mind our tax money paying for this. Keep searching for that little girl. Bring in lights if you have to.

Sitting In The ...

Sadly it's no longer a rescue mission...This time of year the lake is near freezing and the effects of hypothermia are nearly instant. I'll leave it at that.

HBK

Yes, I agree. They should have never called of the search till at least sunset, shm. Just goes to see where the "power to be's" prioritys really are. They need to do there jobs!! Sandusky Co. should be out there too!!! Got a bad feeling this is going to end up on Danbury Township's lap. Family is in our prayers.

jja11

People really shouldn't be nasty about a child's mother. Nobody's perfect and people make mistakes. A child is missing. If u can't say something nice you really should keep ur comments to yourself

OmertaMOM1

AGREED 100% this is my family and idc what is, its in the past people change!!!!

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2cents

Ok, I read dad, step day, drugs in family. Would there be a chance this was set up and they have crossed the boarder into Canada for a new life start? Just speculating!

HBK

that's always a possibility, but I really doubt that is the case here

2cents's picture
2cents

Well, better than the alternative, one is a personal choice, the other is in gods hands and a little over a week in this case.

eightballcuet1

I could care less about the mom's past, the dad's past or the dog's past. All I know is a man and his baby girl are missing. The family needs all the prayers and support they can be given.

Katelih-Trailer...

Agree !!!!!

lor70

My thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Sitting In The ...

The Coast Guard has said "It has indefinitely suspended the search for a missing father and daughter on Lake Erie". Very sad news....

pavedparadise

How close to one another were the kayaks found?

jmac08

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BULLISDEEP

YOU mean a 180 to fix his life , a 360 would be right back where he started.

Commenter

Good catch Bullis

2cents's picture
2cents

JMAC, I have lived and boated on Lake Erie and her surrounding lakes my entire life. My 2cents may be too late for your relatives and I am sorry for your potential loss. I have expressed my thoughts in the SR way before these blogs ever starting, 1987 (The readers forum) my concerns about boating, people that go on the bay or lake having limited experience and get into trouble. I try to post here to make people think. Middle age, yes but very happy, LOL thank you. These posts of mine are again to make people think. At age 14 I was asked to move a racing sailboat from SSC to CYC for an upcoming race, no GPS, No radar no nothing. While fueling at CP docks the fuel kid was freaked out when I pulled to the dock and backed out just as fast. You see, I saw a line squall coming in and as taught in grade school, "go to sea" for a storm or get battered at the dock, it blew 80 MPH but I knew what to look for from experience and a great father who taught me well. I could share a lifetime of experience but that will not bring your relatives back. I write to caution people, possibly the people that saw your relatives leave could have thrown a flag to the USCG as well. Again, we can only speculate and I am very sorry, I wish they were in Canada!

Commenter

I agree about knowing what the Lake can throw at you.

OmertaMOM1

agreed! jmac

starryeyes83

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starryeyes83

blah blah blah, u keep throwing that karma crap around it just may bite you,, and keep your god to yourself. not all of us are believers.

This was a case of pure stupidity! only thing is the pooor little kid has to suffer..

It may behove YOU to actually listen to someone who has experience and common sense on the water. As he said I hope they are in canada at least the girl would be safe.

TRISTINPRUITT

SERIOUSLY PEOPLE.. ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE VICIOUS THINGS TO SAY ARE STUPID! why in the world would you say something so harsh? who cares what the mother father or step father done, A LITTLE GIRL IS MISSING. yes it was cold out. they made a mistake. but think if this was you or a family member of yours.. your stupid remarks need to be kept to yourself.. not once did the register claim anything negative about her parents. so don't jump to conclusions! be considerate and consider the life of this little girl.. take your dumb remarks and use the energy and determination you use to come up with them and turn them into positive things and pray for her and her daddy! for heavens sake don't be so rude. her family and friends are grieving. yes it is a public post.. but shut up if you cant say anything positive. no one wants to read how you are criticizing their decision to go out on bay. or that you think they are in FN Canada bc their running from us so they can do drugs bla bla bla bla.. the mom is this the dads family does that... WHO CARES PRAY FOR THEM.

ALL I CAN SAY IS KARMAS A B.
it will get back to you some way or another..

I PRAY FOR YOU ALL INVOLVED AND I HOPE FOR THE BEST..MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL IN THIS TERRIBLE JOURNEY.

Dutigas

My heart goes out to the family, especially the Cottrill Family. Viola was my little pal when she was growing up and its hard to think that this can happen to a sweet little girl..

chevygirl2004

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Commenter

Good to hear they are searching, but there is no way they would have survived the water temperatures for that long. Time was critical if they were in the water.

starfox59

I have to wonder how they fell out of a kayak and how everything landed in one spot, This goes against the law of nature. I believe he ran for some reason. Things really do not make sense.

Commenter

Are they searching today? Is there any update SR?

beatlebarbie

It saddens me to see such harsh coments on the sandusky register about my cousin.Most of you are just reading/or hearing the story through someones elses perspective.Right now this is my family's horror story. Yes bad desions were made,I dont have the answers to these tough questions that all of us want to know.But I can tell you without a doubt little Viola was LOVED and our concern right now is not how she ened up missing ,but FINDING HER is what matters. All the negitive comments about Violas mom( my cousin) while she is going through hell is not helping.Please use that negative energy(weather you like mom or not) and go help us find viola !

whatswrongwitht...

You can definetly tell Viola was loved look at all the people that refuse to give up. Even her daddy yeah he might not have been an expert on the water, but atleast he was trying to spend quality time with his daughter. Freak accidents happen, we are all not promised tomorrow. Where ever they are,hopefully safe but if not hopefully all involved get closure. God bless you all.

starfox59

How come there has been no statements from Erie county since they said it was a missing person investigation? They have made no statements since the kayaks and shoes were found. Maybe people are looking in the wrong place while days have went past. Just in the twelve hours the girlfriend waited it gave him time to get across two or three states. With no bodies someone should put out an amber alert. The girlfriends actions seem odd for anyone who has family missing on the lake. And I do not know the mother or father. There is something odd about this whole situation.