Why aren't the missing kayakers considered "missing?"
**UPDATE** One of two kayakers found early Friday morning. Click here for more info.
Both Jonathan Francis, 30, and his 12-year-old daughter Viola are still missing nearly a month after last being see kayaking somewhere between their Crystal Rock home and the Edison Memorial Bridge.
Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth, who helped coordinate search efforts in the days following their disappearance, provided the following answer:
We have an ongoing missing persons investigation into the disappearance of Jonathan Francis and his daughter, Viola Francis.
They were reportedly last seen kayaking in the Sandusky Bay between Crystal Rock and Ohio 2 (by the) Edison Bridge on Saturday afternoon, April 6. Their abandoned kayaks were found washed up on the Ottawa County side of the Sandusky Bay on the morning of April 7, after they had been reported missing.
There has been no reported contact with them since.
We are receiving ongoing assistance in this search from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft, the Danbury Township Police Department, the Port Clinton and Margaretta Township fire departments, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Michigan and numerous individuals who are checking the water and/or the shoreline.
We would love to receive information that Jonathan and Viola are safe and sound but, sadly, all of the verifiable information that we have received to date indicates that they may have met with tragedy while on the water. We are in constant contact with various family members and have not received any specific information regarding other scenarios or specific locations where Jonathan or Viola may be.
We ask for a phone call (to the Erie County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at 419-627-7553) or e-mail (email@example.com) from anyone who has information pertaining to this case.