Search called off; Dominic Porcaro still missing after boat washes ashore near Juno Beach Pier

JUNO BEACH, Fla. - UPDATE: The Coast Guard has called off the search for missing Dominic Porcaro.


Investigators with the FWC and the Coast Guard continue searching for Dominic Porcaro, who  has been missing since late Thursday night.

Investigators say his boat washed ashore about a half mile north of the Juno Beach Pier and was towed into evidence.

Damage on the bow of the boat suggests he may have run into trouble. "There was damage on the boat, but the boat was not capsized so we were able to recover the boat."

That damage gives the FWC one clue to answer some questions. Did Porcaro hit something and fall in? Was he already off the boat when it hit something?

The Coast Guard canvassed about 25 miles of coastline Friday looking for Porcaro according to FWC spokesperson, Amanda Phillips.

The Coast Guard focused on areas near the Jupiter inlet up to Port St. Lucie.

"You've got the wind going, you got waves, you got white caps, all kinds of stuff that are just battling against us trying to find him," Phillips said.

Investigators are also looking into the last few days before he went missing, for any clues. Porcaro was arrested on a charge for Driving Under the Influence and released Thursday morning. Phillips says hours later he visited his ex-wife then took his boat out.

"Maybe he just wanted to go out, release steam and go out and relax and something turned bad," Phillips said.

Phillips says investigators also took Porcaro's car into evidence to search for a note or any other evidence that would suggests he intentionally went overboard.

"We've got to look at everything," said Phillips.

The FWC also searched the Intracoastal for any signs of debris or damage that would match the damage found on Porcaro's boat.

The Coast Guard will meet Friday night to discuss whether the search will continue into the night. If not, it will likely resume early in the morning.

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