Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Shirley Klemgard and her brother Edward Labrie from Calcium, were last seen on one of their regular Lake Ontario fishing trips in a 16' 1962 Lone Star boat with a black 40 horse power Evinrude motor, colored white with red trim.
Relatives stated the motor had been stalling frequently. Their car and boat trailer were located at a state boat launch in Henderson Harbor, NY.
They reached Galloo Island early in the evening, perhaps 6. Mrs. Klemgard found caretaker George D. Paddock on the island and asked for gasoline. He drove her to the dock, where Mr. LaBrie was waiting and bundled in a burlap bag, and gave the siblings five gallons of fuel, plus a quart of oil, ac cording to police.
Mr. Paddock gave them directions to Henderson Harbor, but as they headed out, Mrs. Klemgard suddenly turned north, going off course. Mr. Paddock was watching, so he went out on his boat, led them to Stony Island, then left them, feeling confident they would make it the rest of the way. He was the last to see them. When Mr. Paddock saw them, they were not wearing their life jackets. The wind intensified from 7 to 13 knots, pushing the waves at 2 to 4 feet. The siblings went off course again, while temperatures were dropping to the 50s.
It had been their habit to end their fishing outings by late afternoon. When they had not returned home Sunday morning, their mother and their brother Jerry went to Henderson Harbor and found their car and boat trailer still parked at the launch. State police were notified at 12:30 p.m. Sunday about the disappearance, and an extensive but fruitless search, hampered by deteriorating weather, was launched.
Found near Sodus Point in Oswego County, about 35 nautical miles from where the missing pair had last been seen, were a marine distress kit, a bucket, a white sneaker, a fishing rod support bracket, parts of a flare and the boat bumper. A hand-printed message appeared on the bumper: "Send help Shirley Klemgard & Ed LaBrie lost 7 days on 16-foot boat fiberglass red & white.'
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New York State Police
Watertown Daily Times