Report: Missing Jones Beach Swimmer Alive in Florida

Four-day search ends after missing Massapequa man turns up in Florida.

The four-day search for a was called off Wednesday night after authorities were alerted that the swimmer was alive nearly 800 miles south in Florida.

Raymond Roth went with his son to Field 6 at Jones Beach for a swim Saturday afternoon. By 3:30 p.m., Roth's son reported his father missing.

A four-day search by the Coast Guard and Nassau County Police yielded no results for the the 48-year-old Massapequa resident.

Det. Sgt. Thomas Duignan of the New York State Park Police told Newsday [paid link] that the search "had shifted to the recovery of a body," until Wednesday night when new information arose.

According to Newsday, Roth's brother contacted police and told them that Roth had reached out to him from Florida.

Duignan said Florida authorities went to the location where the brother said Roth was staying, but have not made contact with him as of Wednesday night.

The search was called off at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Duignan told Newsday.

Nassau County Police had not confirmed that Roth had been located as of 2 a.m. Thursday.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will provide more details when they are made available.

Chris Wendt August 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I do not understand the naiveté of those who so generously presume the son was not in on plot. Not saying he was, either, but the report given by the son, which created the ruse of a drowning, ultimately turned out to be false, with or without culpability on the part of the son.
Matthew Hogan August 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Folks, A new story is now available. Reports have confirmed that Raymond Roth is headed back to Long Island: http://patch.com/A-wBrC -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor
Lorraine DeVita August 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Chris even if this was a plan poorly hatched by both for some strange unknown reason - you NEVER put your kid in this type of situation. . either scaring the hell out of him or making them a party to possibly a life threatenting & illegal act. Its just plain wrong on so many levels.
Doug Preston August 02, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Holy mackeral, that must have been some riptide!!
Chris Wendt August 03, 2012 at 02:23 AM
@ Lorraine: We all recognize that something was very wrong with this situation. More details will be forthcoming, and we will all be better informed. Thus far, I do not believe anything has been made about illegality; right now, it is a missing person, who is on his way back to his home and family, thank God.


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