Skip to main content

The boat belonging to a Minnesota native who went missing off the shore of North Carolina has washed up more than 2,700 miles away.

Authorities on the Azores Islands, about 1,000 miles west of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean, informed police in North Carolina that the 2006 Clearwater fishing boat belonging to Joseph Matthew Johnson, 44, was found on the island of São Jorge in late June.

Johnson, a native of the Brainerd Lakes area, was reported missing off the coast of North Carolina, where he now lives, on November 27, 2021 after he failed to show for a fishing trip with a friend.

A retired US Army Special Forces Soldier, he was last seen leaving the Federal Point Yacht Club in Carolina Beach on Nov. 22.

The Wilmington Star News, citing local police, reports that his boat showed "evidence of capsizing" and had "heavy building of barnacles and algae," suggesting it had been capsized for "quite some time."

His mother told the newspaper she still has hope he has survived, noting he has decades of experience from the Army to survive dangerous conditions.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-09 at 3.25.49 PM

Charges: Man caused Burnsville building fire because girlfriend was late

The alleged arson fire displaced around 50 residents.

Famous dave granite city

Famous Dave's, Granite City owner sold for $200 million

The owner of Famous Dave's, BBQ Holdings, is based in Minnetonka.

Alanna McLean

Appeal to find missing northern Minnesota woman

Alanna McLean was last seen this past weekend.

image

Minnesota reaches 55 confirmed cases of monkeypox

Nearly 9,000 cases have been confirmed nationwide.

derek chauvin

$1.45M payout for correctional officers prevented from guarding Derek Chauvin

The officers were reportedly ordered to avoid Derek Chauvin while he was in jail.

DSD_6142

Palm Springs residents: Divert the Mississippi to solve our drought problems

Should the southwest have some of the Mississippi River?

Image from iOS (10)

Minneapolis tries to spruce up street barriers with motivational messages

Police said the barriers will be in place through the beginning of the fall.

BearTracks3

MnDOT debuts driverless shuttle in White Bear Lake

This is one of several self-driving pilot programs MnDOT is working on.

snow

Farmer almanacs release their 2022-23 winter forecasts for MN

November is right around the corner and one of the almanacs figures it'll be a cold and snowy month.

image

Minneapolis Police Department seeks authorization to use drones

A public hearing on the matter could be held this month.

Related

Jacob Michael Lavoie

Body found in search for missing UMD student

The 21-year-old has been missing since last Saturday.

Screen Shot 2020-07-22 at 7.09.34 AM

Body of missing 11-year-old recovered from Mississippi River

The search for the boy has been ongoing since Tuesday.

Brent Latuff

Father reports he's safe after being missing almost a week

Brent Latuff had been missing from Douglas County since Sunday, June 28.

Screen Shot 2021-11-06 at 6.52.46 AM

Teenage boy missing from East Bethel is found safe

The 17-year-old has not been seen since Friday afternoon.

Michelle missing outing

Body found in northern MN believed to be that of missing woman

The 35-year-old has been missing for almost two weeks.

Screen Shot 2022-06-06 at 7.02.21 AM

Appeal to find missing U of M student from Prior Lake

He hasn't been seen or heard from since June 1.