Vero Beach Man Missing As Search Efforts Continue

Police continue to search for a missing man who may have drowned off the coast of Vero Beach.
Police continue to search for a missing man who may have drowned off the coast of Vero Beach.

VERO BEACH – On Wednesday, the Vero Beach Police Department received a 911 call of a possible drowning from the 1500 block of Ocean Drive regarding an adult male having difficulty swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

At 1:41 p.m. the first officer arrived on scene at the Vero Beach location and contacted several witnesses who reported the male was approximately 100 hundred yards offshore when he was observed to be in distress.

“The male was observed going under the water line and did not resurface,” Police Chief David E. Currey said in a statement.

Indian River County Fire Rescue, the United States Coast Guard, and an Indian River County Sheriff’s Office helicopter responded to the scene to assist in the search.

The missing male has been identified as Johnnie Thomas, age 32, of Vero Beach.

As 8:00 p.m. Thomas has not been located, however, search efforts will continue.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.