Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Larry Johnson left on a fishing trip with Morris Triplett, in which they left at around 5:30 am on Friday, August 4, 1989 from the Snows Cut boating access in an 18-foot boat. That day, forecasters called for southwest winds of 10 to 15 knots and 2- to 3-foot seas, about average for the summer.
When they hadn't returned home by 9 am on Saturday, August 5, 1989, the families became concerned for their whereabouts. The Carolina Beach Police Department and US Coast Guard searched the area widely without any success. Presumed lost at sea, destination was Frying Pan Shoals. No wreckage from the boat was found.
The Coast Guard spent six days searching for any sign of the men, mainly along North Carolina's coast.
Larry Johnson lived with his wife and young child in the Carolina Beach apartments the Tripletts owned. They were both off work that day, and Morris was making good on a promise to take Larry fishing one weekend.
Larry was declared dead seven years after his disappearance so his son could get benefits.
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