Law enforcement concerned missing man may have fallen into St. Johns River

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Several law enforcement agencies are searching for a missing man who has not been seen since Monday.

John H. Butler Jr., 69, lives on a boat that is docked at Pier 12 at the Green Cove Marina and law enforcement is concerned that Butler may have fallen into the St. Johns River, according to a release from Clay County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Mary Justino.

Marina employees told officers they thought it was unusual that they had not seen Butler since Monday and called the Green Cove Springs Police Department to report Butler missing.

Employees at a golf course restaurant on State Road 16 said they last saw Butler on Monday. Police searched Butler's boat and said there's no foul play suspected in his disappearance.

The CCSO dive team, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard are all assisting the GCSPD in searching for Butler.

Anyone with information that may help authorities should contact the Green Cove Springs Police Department at (904) 297-7300.


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