Case Information

Missing
Patrick
Lewis
Sukeforth
May 27, 2002 00:37
04/23/2010
34 to 34 years old
Unknown DOB
White
Other
Male
76.0 to 77.0
225.0 to 230.0

Circumstances

New Castle
Delaware
New Castle
Patrick Lewis Sukeforth was a passenger on a 1987, 23' Chris Craft recreational power boat named "The Hardwood", which was traveling eastbound in the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal in Delaware City, Delaware, returning to their port of origin across the Delaware River in Pennsville, New Jersey. They traveled along the canal from the Chesapeake Inn, Chesapeake City, MD through Maryland and then Delaware waters.

Around midnight, somewhere in the vicinity of exiting the canal or actually within the Delaware River, the boat struck underwater debris damaging and disabling the outdrive of the recreational boat. An anchor was placed and friends in New Jersey were called via cell phone to come provide a tow to shore. The anchor failed to hold bottom due to wakes from passing ships(s). The boat drifted generally east bound toward the center of the river which is the shipping lanes of Delaware River frequented by tankers.

Between 3:00 AM and 4:12 AM, a large tanker ship was observed bearing directly down upon the boat; the tanker was not responding to the occupants flashing light. A collision seemed eminent. Fearing being run down by the tanker, the boat owner stated Patrick grabbed a boat bumper and jumped over the side of the boat into the river; the boat owner also jumped into the river to get out of the path of the oncoming tanker.

Approximately 45 minutes later, the boat owner (still in the water) was rescued by friends from New Jersey. Boat owner believed Patrick was swimming toward the general direction of Ft. Mott, which is the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. The water was still cold in May and currents in the Delaware River quite strong. The average depth of water in the shipping channel is 45’. Fort Mott is a 1896 fortification erected in anticipation of the Spanish-American War and typically a prominent landmark for boaters on the river.

Physical

Brown
With blonde highlights.
Blue
Blue


Tattoo of a large "tiger head" on left shoulder and
part of chest, tattoo of a "deer head" on right
arm, tattoo of a "heart with a screw in it" on chest.

Medical

Clothing and Accessories


Possibly wearing a baseball cap backwards, gray hooded sweatshirt, sleeveless white tank top underneath, jean shorts, wearing either
"Dockers," sandals, or sneakers.
Silver chain around neck.

Silver "Kenneth Cole" watch on left wrist.

Transportation Methods

Dental

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DNA

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Investigating Agency

Det.
Timothy
Harach
302-834-2630
09-02-048245
May 27, 2002
State
Delaware State Police
100 LaGrange Avenue
Newark
Delaware


Reports

Contacts

Case Manager

Pamela
Reed
817-666-5432

Regional Administrator

Pamela
Reed
Pamela.Reed@unthsc.edu
817-666-5432