Search is on for missing sailor on Guam
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Coast Guard on Guam continued their search Saturday for a missing sailor assigned to the USS City of Corpus Christi.
Authorities have turned to the public for help in finding Petty Officer 2nd Class Julio Owen Francis, 23, whose possible disappearance from Tarague Beach on Andersen Air Force Base first was reported to the Navy about 6 a.m. Thursday.
Lt. Donnell Evans, a U.S. Naval Base Guam spokesman, said Saturday that officials believe Francis may have been involved in an offshore accident.
“As far as I know right now, nothing is leading toward foul play,” he said. “Right now, they just don’t think that’s the case.”
Navy helicopters, the Coast Guard, fire department and police are searching Guam’s northern waters, between the beach and Ritidian Point, while Andersen security forces comb the shoreline, the Pacific Daily News reported Saturday.
According to Evans, Andersen military police spotted Francis’ 1997 white Jeep Grand Cherokee on the beach between noon and 1 p.m. Wednesday. When they returned the next morning, it was still there.
“Same car, same spot,” Evans said. “That’s when they got suspicious and contacted the Navy.”
The City of Corpus Christi is underway, but Francis remained on Guam because he’s out-processing from the Navy, Evans said.
Francis is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds, according to a U.S. Naval Base Guam news release issued late Friday. He’s believed to have been seen at the Agat Pizza Hut on the intersection of Routes 1 and 2A between Monday and Thursday.
The investigation indicates he may have been wearing a blue button-down plaid shirt and faded blue jeans while visiting Pizza Hut or a short-sleeved, black T-shirt with large handprints on the front when last seen at Tarague Beach, the release stated.
“The NCIS and Coast Guard are searching offshore but they’re trying to place him at a particular location to see what might’ve happened to him,” Evans said. “NCIS wanted to see if anybody can corroborate that he was last seen at Pizza Hut and find out if anyone else might’ve seen him there.”
Anyone with information on Francis’ last known location or his whereabouts is asked to contact NCIS at (671) 339-7220.