From Florida Today,
March 11, 2007
Missing boat found in road
PALM BAY â It was a case solved by simply following the debris trail, as patrol officers responded to a manâs call about a missing boat this morning.
The 25-year-old man reported the fishing boat missing about 8:30 a.m., after waking in his west Palm Bay home and finding his truck, but not his trailer or boat, after a trip to Turkey Creek, officials said.
âHe didnât know where it was,â? said Sgt. Don Hampton of the Palm Bay Police Department.
The man, who police said might have been drinking alcohol, told police that he remembered hitching the trailer and the boat after the fishing trip, Hampton said.
The boat and trailer, both gone when he woke up, were located on Miller Street in northeast Palm Bay, Hampton said.
âAn officer just followed his path and found his trailer on the side of the road and the boat overturned in the middle of the street. The debris pieces had just broken off of it. It appears he dragged it for several blocks and tore up the boat without knowing it,â? Hampton said.
âHe made it home safe and sound. We told him where his boat was. He could have hurt someone.â?
The man, whose name was not released by police, was not charged. The case remains under investigation.