NC man missing from Sampit River

  • Thursday, January 16, 2014

Keith Sullivan


A North Carolina boater who visits the Georgetown area often is missing from the Sampit River and the Sheriff’s Office is asking for information from the public that may lead to his whereabouts.

The sailboat “Saga” belonging to Keith Edward Sullivan, 45, of Emerald Isle, North Carolina remained empty near the Harborwalk boardwalk Thursday afternoon, one day after he was reported missing.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson said Sullivan has been living on the boat.

Sullivan is a white man, 5-foot-9 inches tall weighing about 160 pounds.

He was last seen Sunday by some friends from Canada, who were also visiting the area, said Chris Carroll, manager of Harborwalk Marina on Front Street.

“He comes to Georgetown two or three times a year,” Carroll said.

He said the couple from Canada last saw Sullivan on his boat Sunday evening.

Carroll said Sullivan is a person who keeps things neat, so when it was noticed his dinghy was full of water Wednesday, his friends knew something was wrong.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified and checked to see if he was aboard the boat.

“His laptop and all his stuff was still on the boat,” Carroll said.

Carroll said Sullivan has been boating for about 20 years.

“He is a super nice guy,” Carroll said.

Anyone who knows of Sullivan’s whereabouts or has any information regarding him is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (843) 546-5101.

Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip, Just text the word “GCSOTIP” to 274637.

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