Search Underway for Missing Richmond Man

Richmond - Maine Marine Patrol is leading a search for Mark Johnston, 64 of Richmond near the Richmond town landing on the Kennebec River.

Johnston was reported overdue last night at 9:21 p.m. According to Marine Patrol reports, he was planning to move his 32-foot recreational vessel from a mooring in Richmond to the Town Dock at approximately 6:15 PM.

Marine Patrol, local Police Department personnel and the US Coast Guard responded. At approximately 10:30 PM, Marine Patrol Officer Clint Thompson observed a boat aground on the west side of Swan Island. The vessel, confirmed by Marine Patrol as Johnston's boat, was running and its navigation lights were on, however no one was on-board.

Members of the Dresden Fire Department, Woolwich Fire Department, Bowdoinham Fire Department, the Maine Warden Service, and the Richmond Harbormaster also responded, searching on the water and on the shore of Swan Island.

The search, concluded at approximately 2:30 AM and resumed this morning at 7 a.m.

Marine Patrol investigation revealed that Johnston was last observed on a security camera arriving at the Town Dock at 6:11 PM.

The search today involves members of the Maine State Police/Marine Patrol dive team using a side scan sonar to search near the Richmond Town dock.