Search Suspended Until Morning For Boater Missing On The Escambia River

June 2, 2020


UPDATED 6 p.m.: The search has been suspended until Wednesday morning  for a 76-year old boater missing since Monday on the Escambia River near Cantonment.

Miles Morris went fishing Monday morning but did not return in the early afternoon like he normally does, according to family members. Family and friends started searching along the river and the lakes off the river about 6 p.m. before finding his boat about an hour later on Blue Lake . But there was no sign of Morris.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified of the missing boater Monday night and began a search using boats and a helicopter. Escambia Search and Rescue (ESAR) and KlaasKids regional search teams are  also taking part in the search.

“KlaasKids K9 teams are working from the FWC boat. ESAR divers are standing by,” said Jim Walters, ESAR public information officer. “ESAR boats are equipped with side scanning SONAR for searching the bottom of waterways.  Our K9s are scenting for the skin cells that float away from persons in the water.”

Blue Lake is about two miles directly east of Becks Lake Fish Camp, but it is about a four mile trip by boat.

Pictured: A search along the Escambia River for am missing boater on Tuesday. Pictured bottom: A map of the area. Photos by Jason Robbins/WEAR 3 for, and graphic.


17 Responses to “Search Suspended Until Morning For Boater Missing On The Escambia River”

  1. fish21 on June 3rd, 2020 8:23 am

    Praying for Linda and the family, Miles is a long time friend from UWF and a hunting buddy of my husband. This is just heartbreaking. Please Lord , let them find Miles.

  2. Chasity Patton on June 2nd, 2020 11:48 pm

    Praying for my Uncle Buddy tonight. Thank you to all who are searching!

  3. Holland P Grantham on June 2nd, 2020 11:27 pm

    Find my Uncle love and prayers

  4. Leigh Ann Corley on June 2nd, 2020 10:40 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are for Linda and the rest of the family. Praying for Buddy to be found.

  5. Angela Boone on June 2nd, 2020 10:18 pm

    Praying he is found safe! ❤️

  6. Rickie Lynn Smith on June 2nd, 2020 10:17 pm

    I worked with Miles years ago at UWF. Good man. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

  7. McDavid Resident on June 2nd, 2020 9:38 pm

    To Pop: I was with the guy that picked up the man off the Conecuh river, he was so grateful we picked him up, he was from Brewton, he was overall fine except bug bites and scuffed up from briars, his family was so humbled from seeing him when we got him home, he was standing at the end of a hunting dirt road and we thought something don’t look right about him, thankful we picked him up.

  8. Donna Washausen on June 2nd, 2020 9:38 pm

    Aunt Linda you are in my thoughts. I hope they find him for you. I love you

  9. Carol Earheart on June 2nd, 2020 9:23 pm

    Praying for the family. Praying for Buddy for a safe return to hos family. Buddy and I moved Ida at one time. What a great person he is. God bless to all.

  10. Laura on June 2nd, 2020 8:15 pm

    My husband and I fish blue lake every weekend. Praying they find this gentleman safe.

  11. Justin on June 2nd, 2020 8:06 pm

    I have an 18 foot boot if anyone would like to continue through the night with me

  12. Holland on June 2nd, 2020 7:55 pm

    Thanks to everyone one seraching for my Uncle. God Bless.

  13. Kevin Enfinger on June 2nd, 2020 4:44 pm

    Really hope they find him well and ok.

  14. Frank Hobbs on June 2nd, 2020 4:35 pm

    Praying for Buddy’s safe return and for Ms. Linda’s comfort during this trying time. God’s speed to all those involved in this search… family, friends, law enforcement, fire, KlaasKids and ESAR. Come on dogs, let’s find this friend and bring him home!

  15. Native 1950 on June 2nd, 2020 3:10 pm

    Praying for my dear friend, Miles…and Linda and family!!

  16. Pop on June 2nd, 2020 3:04 pm

    Maybe he’s still alive. I remember a similar situation many years ago on the conecuh river and the gentleman walked out 3-4 days later on the Jay road side.

  17. Sharon Blackmon-Blanton on June 2nd, 2020 2:12 pm

    My heart goes out to Linda and Myles Morris! I pray that ESAR are able to find Buddy alive and well! We are actually praying for the entire family.

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